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Beavers, Beaver Pictures, Facts, and Information

Tree that a beaver chewed


Tree that a beaver chewed

Beaver nest


Beaver nest

Tree that a beaver chewed

Beaver


Beaver

Beaver eating tree


Beaver eating tree

Beaver tree damage


Beaver tree damage

Beaver close up


Beaver close up

Beaver damage


Beaver damage
Beaver pictures, taken in Phillipston, Massachusetts, on a pond.  Beavers are considered a keystone species because their creation of dams in shallow valleys leads to the development of wetlands.  These wetlands serve as an important ecosystem for many other animals including half of the endangered and threatened species in North America.
After two years of trying to get a decent picture of the beaver that maintains my view of the lake by trimming back the vegetation, I finally got one. OK, it's not art, but it's a real pic. He's only out and about after dark, and at dusk and dawn, when there's just not enough light for a telephoto lens. Anyway, I found some fresh gnawing on a tree, and setup a photo trap with an infrared beam. He shows up at 6:48pm, a couple of hours after dusk, wet from having just climbed out of the lake. He waited for exactly three seconds before the flash scared him off.  Adult beavers can reach weights of over 40lbs and their species mates for life.  Their diet consists of tubers, clover, fruit, leaves, and bark.  While beavers serve as prey for many natural predators their biggest threat is death by trapping for their pelts.