While visiting Mississippi River Regional Park in Minneapolis last weekend we notice lots of evidence of the work of beavers. Beavers are known to be industrious, but do these guys think they're going to dam the MISSISSIPPI RIVER?
Some of the damaged trees like the one above were huge. Art noticed that several of the trees on the heron colony island were girdled. I assume that even if the beavers don't take those trees down, they will die. Will herons nest in dead trees? Will the trees' death affect the stability of the island? I'll need to ask the park naturalist the next time I visit.
This area is only minutes from downtown Minneapolis, lots of noise and traffic. But beavers are here and the Great Blue Herons have returned to nest and raise their young. Regardless of how we've encroached on their habitat, they still choose to be here. Their instincts to survive and reproduce sometimes amaze me.