High-Tech Beavers

HIGH-TECH BEAVERS    Albuquerque dentist

On a hike Saturday in the Corrales Bosque, we noticed a curious small hole in the ground next to the trail that had the weeds and grass around it frosted (see picture).  There was no frost for yards surrounding it.  We looked on the east side of the trail, where it dropped off into the river and noticed a beaver den (picture 2) about eight feet from the frosted hole.  This was certainly a vent from the beaver den, bringing images to mind of the beaver den in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, almost causing us to imagine a cozy stove inside the den.  But no, the frost was made by the body warmth and expiration of moist air by the beavers which turned to frost when it hit the outside freezing air.  There were supporting beaver trails in the dirt just a few yards from the den.  We see beavers fairly often in the Rio Grand, as well as in some of the drainage ditches in Corrales, but we more often hear their signal when they smack the water with their tails.  The conservancy district is ferocious in destroying the dams the beavers build across the clear ditches, but usually they get re-built pretty swifty.  We’re rooting for the beavers.

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