|Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR EEK website|
Usually all I get to see are the SIGNS of beaver, like this freshly chewed tree or the branches that I came across last week!
Some of my AmeriCorps volunteers even saw the actual beaver a few weeks ago! It usually looks like a head swimming in the water with a wide "V" of waves behind it. I was so very happy to see them this year because I thought they may have all been trapped and killed by our neighbors in the subdivision across the lake.
Beavers can make many homeowners very unhappy as they chew trees and sometimes even topple REALLY large trees like this POPLAR tree that had to be at least two feet in diameter and 80 years old. It was the only poplar in this area of House In The Wood and the beavers toppled it into the lake. The beavers chewed on this tree for food for over a year! Now it provides a nice sunning spot for our painted turtles.
When you walk the bottom loop of the LAKE TRIAL you can see the beaver lodge that is very near the toppled Poplar tree in an area that we call the "Ramble Breakfast Area". Shhhh....you might get to see the beaver as it leaves the lodge and swims away.