Beavers in the Great Swamp
Beavers are the world’s most extraordinary engineers.
They cut and drag and float small trees into position across a stream and build a dam. The dams create ponds that surround the beaver’s lodge like a watery moat to discourage predators. The dams also flood large areas and change whole valleys into wetlands. The new environment they create brings other animals like amphibians, fish, turtles, snakes, birds and waterfowl.
Most of us did not grow up with beavers living nearby so we know little about them. What do they eat? How do they
build those lodges? When do they have young? Where do they go in winter? How many Beavers are there in the Great Swamp? Come to FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp) annual meeting on Sunday, March 25th at 3:15 PM at Camp Herrlich in Patterson and find out.
Tim Stanley, Director of Environmental Education at the Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation will give a special program about Beavers. Tim grew up in the Adirondacks, where a beaver might be one’s closest neighbor and through the years has come to know and appreciate the Beaver. The presentation will feature slides and pelts
and Tim’s stories about the Beaver. Camp Herrlich is located at 101 Deacon Smith Hill Road, off Rte 164 and Fair Street. Look for the FrOGS Event signs.
info visit www.frogs-ny.org