The river that borders our place has lots of beaver tracks. Every morning and every evening I do a quick walk to see if I can spot those shy animals. They are nocturnal but also active at twilight so chances to see these beautiful creatures are restricted to a few hours only. I for sure will give it a try during a clear full moon. I find it impressive on how they build their dam’s and even more impressive on what trees they are able to take down.
In countries of the European Union the European beaver (castor fiber) is protected by law by the “FFH-Richtlinie” (Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive). Sadly, Poland doesn’t follow that law and beavers are not protected everywhere unfortunately. The Polish agriculture minister would like to add beavers (along with the protected European bison) to the list of edible animals.
As said before, to actually see a beaver is quite difficult however to find beaver tracks is fairly simple. One just needs to walk along the river here and beaver tracks are everywhere. I have started to photograph the trees where the beavers feed from to see which trees are “active” to have an idea in which area beavers may pop up. I have added a few images of those that show the latest beaver tracks.
My new beaver friend
Last Sunday we did another quick check on our beaver friend but most of the water was frozen so I wasn’t with much hope to see a beaver. But since it was my birthday I have been surprised by my new beaver friend who quickly put his head out through the ice to say hello. What a nice encounter.
Thanks for reading
I hope you enjoyed this little tale of beaver racks and I hope to meet these guys much more often comes warmer weather with more available light.