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North American Beaver

Castor canadensis

Description:

Flooding is getting bad here in SE Kansas, to the point that Beavers are fleeing their dams. It's pretty rare to see them so even crossing the highways (which are near the flooded rivers they inhabit) is a treat, if tragic. North American beavers, also called Canadian Beavers, have been important to humans in the past due to their furs and castoreums. On a more positive note, beavers affect stream quality, bird population, and even the spawning habits of salmon and trout. It's tragic to see the rainfall expatriate them from their homes.

Habitat:

Native to North America, Patagonia, and strangely Finland.

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8 Comments

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Hahaha, I love cultural jokes like that :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

I heard Australians referred to as free-range Canadians. And we've also been called "aberrations" of nature... like warm days in winter, four leaf clovers, and Australians.

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Haha, I always said if I wasn't American I'd be Australian, I first heard it used by Steve Irwin, and loved it so I use it a lot.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

She'll be right? That is a very Australian idiom.

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Good to hear. She'll be right in the end :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

I got over it. Life goes on :)

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Honestly the flooding here gets pretty common during this time of year, but not this bad. Our town is nestled next to a major river that runs through our State, a city further up has had similar problems to yours, being an industrial town the water was polluted and very dangerous. I'm sorry for your loss :(

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Sad to hear about the floods in your part of the world. I can relate to this fellow. I lost just about everything in the Brisbane floods in 2011. Ours was a dirty and toxic affair as it flushed out industrial areas into residential. It's heart-wrenching to see animals displaced by these events, but they barely seem to get a mention.

The GeoDex
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Kansas, USA

Spotted on May 23, 2019
Submitted on May 23, 2019

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