Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Leave It To Beaver

Leave It To Beaver.

Seeing an actual beaver may be as elusive as finding re-runs of that favorite '60s and '70s TV show (1957-1963), since we don't have Nick at Night or TV Land on our satellite television subscription.

If I could find my local beaver, he wouldn't look a thing like Jerry Mathers. Instead, he might look something like this:
Photo from Wilderness Classroom
We do, however, see evidence that the Beav and maybe a friend or two are at our Peace Creek pasture. Just like the TV character, our local Beaver is leaving a trail of mischief behind him.
The beavers have built up a dam at our Peace Creek pasture. It's a little hard to tell from a 2-D photo, but the conglomeration of sticks, cattails and other "treasures" has backed up one portion of the creek, making it about 2 feet higher on the left-hand side of the dam than on the right-hand side.
I asked my resident wildlife expert about why they would do that. He's not exactly sure either, though his best guess was that the beavers like the deeper water the dam provides.
Even though we don't see the beavers, they leave plenty of evidence that they are in the area.
They do have a pretty place to hang out.
I've always said the working conditions are beautiful on The County Line. It appears they agree.

NOTE - These are crazy times we are living in as the U.S. practices "social distancing" to try and combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. I'll have some thoughts on that and on March as Ag Month. But, before the edict against gatherings of 50+ came down, Randy & I attended the Kansas Master Farmer/Farm Homemaker meetings and banquet. Since I was last year's secretary, I've been working on those minutes instead of blog posts. I wrote this post before we left for Manhattan. More to come ...


  1. They are an amazing creature. Will the dam affect pastures and cattle on The Country Line?
    It is certainly a beautiful area.

    1. No, the cattle and the beavers are content to live in the same space.