Busy Beavers

beavers, nature, builders, dam

I paused to lean on the weather worn railing of a small wooden bridge fording a stream. Slightly upstream was a beaver dam. The intricate structure of twigs and branches was fascinating.

I scanned the area, hoping for a glimpse of the industrious builder. Since beavers work at night, I had to be content with the stump nearby, bark stripped and teeth marks silently explaining the scattering of wood chips.

I marveled at the hard work that went into creating this structure. The reward would be protection against predators and easier access to food during the winter.

Unfortunately, these dams can also cause flooding and other problems. A few days later a sign close to the stream warned us not to leave established pathways as beaver control was currently underway. From what I understand, this consisted of trapping and relocating the beavers.

When I first saw the dam, my thought was to write about how hard work now can provide the food and shelter I will need when the cold, dark days of winter set in. This was going to be a metaphor for the tough times we all face at some point in our lives.

My mindset altered slightly when I learned of the need to control these industrious creatures.

Yes, it is good to ensure my loved ones are taken care of. It is also important to do so in such a way that I don’t cause problems for others. When I remain aware of conditions around me, I can work to build a secure home without endangering yours.

beaver dam, builder, industrious

2 thoughts on “Busy Beavers”

  1. so true. when we purchased our farm we did not realize that dam came along with the property and my husband has to go up regularly to unclog what the beavers have clogged up. they are protected so we are not allowed to relocate them…… not sure what the lesson is in that:) maybe love thy Beaver:)

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