Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bye, Bye, Beaver!

Beaver enjoying the spring flower bloom.

One of my favorite subjects to post about was the beaver.  I first came across this fella one evening while riding my bike along the Amherst Bike Path; Amherst, New York, a suburb of Buffalo.  I heard a crunching sound and looking down found a beaver looking back at me.  After doing some exploring I found his lodge, and began a photographic journal on my Blog.  The bike path follows Ellicott Creek, and passes through one of the largest Universities in New York. So it was interesting to find the beaver living around here, along with a multitude of other animals.  Since along the path are many undeveloped parcels of land full of trees, and animal life. 


Wood Chuck abound here.

But, that appears to be ending.  There are a lot of plans to develop all the lands around the University.  The University plans to expand their dorm capacity.  And other areas may be developed to supplement the University, with business parks.  Now I observe that the quiet abode of the beaver is being cut down, I assume for development.  It won’t be long before the beavers have to move or be plowed under by the trucks.

Red Tailed Hawk make there nests in the trees along the creek.

An interesting insight about land usage and wild life management comes from all this.    There was past controversy about the beavers locally last year in the media.  Some beavers had taken down trees planted as Memorials to people.  In fact there’s an entire section of these Memorial trees.  It was a different beaver lodge in another section of the creek that did the tree felling.  The conflict over this matter was a brief controversy locally.  But, the issue was how to handle the beavers, they were trying to trap and kill them.  And how to live with them by protecting trees with wraps. 

Green Heron are one of many species of birds along the creek.

That said, we take down more trees than any beaver did.  In fact they are clearing out entire sections of trees for whatever is being built.  Also the trees that used to provide shade along the creek, and prevented erosion are being taken down.  This leaves the creek warmer, affecting the type of fish that will live in those sections of the creek.  So it also affects those people enjoying the creek for fishing.  Of course all the other small animals along the creek will have to move, even the… mysterious serpent! 


The minks home is an large old tree, above the creek.

So I say… Bye, Bye to the Beaver!


The Beaver, his lodge is just a few feet back!

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