Outdoor Radio: Wintertime With North American Beavers

Jan 31, 2019

Even in the winter time, beaver ponds are active habitats. The harvested trees and brush attract other wildlife like deer and turkey to feed. The lodges themselves provide warmth for the beavers and other rodents, such as mice and muskrats. The North American beaver has seen a resurgence in the last 100 years after being trapped to near-extinction by European settlers.

In this month's episode of Outdoor Radio, conservation biologist Steve Faccio joins Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra on a frozen beaver pond in Pomfret, Vermont. Together they explore what winter is like in an active beaver lodge and dam. They venture on the ice looking for the beavers' winter stash of food hidden in the snow.

Beavers are North America's largest rodent. Discover why beaver-tails tend to shrink during the course of the winter and learn how these amazing animals spend their time huddled together in these warm lodges.

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Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center For Ecostudies.