Beaver Marshes Available for Occupancy

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Written by Jim Wortham
Friday, May 20, 2016

Photo of Jim Wortham.We have just completed the survey in western Ontario. Our timing seemed to be perfect. Lakes were all thawed, trees have not leafed-out, and the birds are here and ready. The habitat looks great, but my concerns persist from last year regarding the beaver population. Many prime beaver marshes remain unoccupied, and as a result, water levels in these marshes are not maintained and the potential habitat is lost to nesting waterfowl. My rough estimates are that only about 60% of the potential beaver colonies are occupied. Next stop, Bangor, Maine to deliver this aircraft off for maintenance and inspection, and to borrow a sister aircraft to complete the remainder of our survey.