All of the beavers that were with us after the June dam collapse remain with us today and they continue to work on their dams as well as the lodge at Secret Pond. The 4 new kits are now seen daily and their interactions with each other and the 3 adults continue to be of interest.
|Julia and all 4 of this year's kits feeding on Aspen leaves|
With the apparent loss of May Apple, the colony's patriarch and main provider, the job of food collecting has passed to his 2-year old son, Blueberry, and also to Julia, the colony's matriarch. They don't exactly have the job down yet, but they've been steadily improving.
|Beavers venture up on the land|
|Sarah's Pond continues its transformation into a grassy meadow|
|The top of the old dam sprouts many flowers - Blue Vervain, Joe-Pye-Weed and Boneset|
On land beavers are fairly awkward appearing animals, but in the tree, the little kit looked surprisingly at home. He stood up on a wide branch to reach some leaves –and this made him look ever so slightly like a Koala Bear. When he was finished, he turned around and quite confidently walked back down the branch and plunged back into the pond.
During the first half of the summer, dry conditions and high temperatures around the nature preserve have attracted more animals than normal down to the beaver ponds as they sought relief. Songbirds were coming to bathe and even deer came to wade in the water and feed on submerged plants.
|A large part of Morton's Pond is now covered with mounds of tall grass|
|A juvenile Eastern Bluebird looks for insect prey to pounce on|