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The mighty beaver

Greetings from Lake Wabatong! Today, I am going to dedicate this entire blog entry to the beaver. Why the beaver, you may ask? Well let me tell you.

When the Europeans colonized North America, wood, fish, and the beaver were among the major draw to the continent. At that time, the beaver population was upward to 6 million but after a great demand for their pelt, the beaver was on the verge of extinction. When a change in fashion swept through Europe because now silk top-hats were the style, beaver pelts were no longer desirable. I guess we could probably say that fashion saved the all mighty beaver from extinction.

Here are some interesting facts that about the beaver that I would like to share with you

Did you know?

* The beaver is the largest rodent in North America

* The beaver can see as well on land as it can under water

* The beaver can weight between 16kg to 32 kg

* Although slow on land, the beaver is a graceful swimmer. It uses its tail as a rudder in the water helping it to steer.

* The beaver uses its paws to carry sticks, mud, and stones as well as to perform other tasks.

* The lifespan of a beaver is about 12 years of age

* The beavers teeth grow continuously. Chewing and gnawing on trees helps to wear down its teeth.

* Beavers are most active at dusk, and dawn.

* The beavers favourite trees are poplar, aspen, and birch.

* On March 24th, 1975 Canada named the beaver the national animal

Here are some lodges situated around Lake Wabatongushi

Our ‘new condo’ over by cabins 1 and 2

A smaller lodge that has gone up in the bay behind our fish cleaning shack.

From Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort www.WildernessIsland.com

That’s it from me. I hope that you enjoyed our beaver post and hopefully learned something new about this mighty little rodent.

Thank you for your comments. Al and Doris.

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