Saturday, June 27, 2015

Draining the Beaver Pond!

We've been noticing a small pond where we saw a beaver last year, that has grown into quite a substantial pond, with much higher water levels, over the past few months.  We saw no sign of a dam at the end of the pond where we drove by, but presumed the beavers had been hard at work somewhere nearby.

Had to drive to parts south yesterday, and in the early morning light I stopped for a quick picture or 3. The sun was sparkling off the water, and the mist was rising along the shore.  Note the flooded pine tree on the left; the water level has been rising fast the past few weeks.

I hid the sun behind the leaves of the trees, and  was able to get a couple of nice shots of the pond and reflections.

The water level actually looks like it's getting fairly close to the road over there on the far side.  Just beyond the road is a branch of the Saugeen River.

Returning some 9 hours later I noticed some muddy water pouring into the Saugeen and stopped for a picture.  There was quite a loud roar of rushing water.

So I stopped again by the pond, and it looked to me like the water was draining away.  Notice the dark bottom foot of all the shrubs around the shore.

So I backed up, turned down the other sideroad, and found this.  The township had brought in a backhoe, and cleaned out a pile of mud and branches that was blocking the culvert.  Notice the whirlpool on the left of the picture where the water was being sucked down fast!

Taking a close look, I could see the culvert, deep under the surface of the water.  Those beaver hadn't wasted their efforts building a dam; they'd just blocked the culvert!

On the other side of the road the water was absolutely roaring toward the river, where normally there would be a tiny trickle.

And the result was this muddy torrent stirring up the waters of the Saugeen.  I'm not sure whether to feel sorry for the beaver; indeed, this may just be the beginning of a long term battle with the township works crew.  But even when the water subsides to culvert level, we know that there will still be a substantial pond; the big rodents won't be totally done out of house and home.

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  1. Beaver are just doing what they are good at, and I'm happy to hear that they will probably make out all right after the pond is drained. :-)

  2. The beavers will be busy every night until they have the culvert blocked again. There's a "beaver excluder" design that might make it difficult for them to block the pipe, but in my experience the beavers can outsmart the excluder.

  3. Not good if the culvert is blocked. But, yes, I'm sure those beavers will be back!

  4. I am so on the side of all the beavers, but I guess if the culvert is really blocked, upstream will flood .Lovely reflections.

  5. Beavers will be beavers! Beautiful shots.

  6. Beautiful photos! Oh the beaver will plug it up again I can guarantee it lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  7. How smart of the beavers to just block the culvert instead of doing all the work of building a dam!

  8. I love the persistence of beavers even though it may work against humans.

  9. That is really interesting to see and your photos are beautiful. I like the first one with the morning mist rising. Beavers are smart and busy so no doubt they'll return or will have to be re-located if they continue damming the culvert.

  10. Splendid use of trees to get such great reflection. Humans and nature seem to have to find their own natural balance.