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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Beavers in the Wetlands Park

Aloha Everyone,

Beavers are rodents, nocturnal animals with broad, flat scaly tails. North American beavers are usually the size of a small dog. Their diet consist of barks of young trees, shrubs and buds.

Frank, who attended a new volunteer training session yesterday, was eager to share with me about beavers in the Wetlands Park. It appears that slow moving streams and the low banks are not ideal for dam making. Instead, these resident beavers construct underground canals and lodges.

On our morning walk, Frank and I spotted a number of “holes” in the ground. These are physical indicators of beavers presence and could be potentially hazardous to unsuspecting hikers. It would have been a trilling experience to have a close encounter with one of approximately 60 plus beavers that call Wetlands Park their home.

The roadrunners, also known as chaparral birds, have crests and long tails. Usually seen in the desert, roadrunners have been clocked at 20 miles per hour. Often they appear and disappear so fast, blending into the environment, that it’s challenging to photograph them. Today we were rewarded with an excellent sighting.

Aloha -- Cathi