Saturday, February 4, 2017

Snacks from heaven

Upon returning from overseas adventures, I set out to see how the Jenny Lake beavers were faring—Dew and her small kit Charlie, and Dew's mate, Ilex. When I neared the pond, I found Charlie's tracks wandering through the woods and meadows downstream from the pond. I had been worried that this little beaver would need some help making it through the winter, and this activity may have indicated that he was hungry.

Charlie tracks by my ski
The next day, I returned to the lodge with hand drills, and inserted a pipe through the vent of the lodge. I now deliver nourishing snacks right into the beavers' livingroom.
Feeding hose in top of lodge



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Beavers in the snow

Cold, blustery night, and a change of season. The aged beaver Willow (right) and her young beau enjoy a Thanksgiving Week feast.
From their pond I continue over the ridge to Jenny Lake, where I find. . .
Willow's daughter Dew and the kit. I stay for a picnic, bundled up against blustery wind and blowing snow. A mouse that has taken up residence in the beavers' lodge comes out to sample sunflower seeds.
Charlie, the kit.

Charlie ashore!

I have had a hard time photographing the new kit. I always get to the pond after dark, and Charlie is a skittish little thing (which is good), so he doesn't come ashore near me, and always dunks back into the lodge as soon as he grabs an apple. On my last two visits though, he has floated just at the shoreline when I arrived, and clearly anticipated apples as I unpacked. Tonight he finally came ashore to grab an apple. Very cute. You can read his whole story here.