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The 80 Acres project [Apr. 14th, 2011|09:55 am]
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Those interested in the wildlife management-prairie restoration project might want to look at some of the archived photos and essays on the land project on my main website, or the newer website for the project (not yet connected to the photos--Other Lifestuff keeps getting in the way)  or my LJ scrapbook, which has a lot of wildlife and native plant pictures arranged by type (birds, butterflies, odonates, etc.)

Not all species are pictures, and some are pictured more than once.

[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2011-04-14 03:31 pm (UTC)
You have beaver? This far south? Wow, I had no idea they came into Texas.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-14 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, beaver were in Texas on all the permanent and some temporary streams (in wet years, the seasonals run all year long.) In fact, when we moved here in '79, there was still a trapper who came around buying skins from people who did their own trapping of beaver and mink and raccoon. There was a beaver dam and lodge about a mile downstream from us, intentionally destroyed by the city a few years ago. The creek at that point is permanent (there is a permanent or near-permanent spring about a half mile below us.) Before that, in wet years the beavers would come upstream and cut the young cottonwoods and willows along the creek. I saw one once (a shock to both of us) and saw the characteristic beaver-cut stubs of the little trees it harvested several times after that. With the beaver dam destroyed, and the creek channelized for a good way downstream from there, I doubt we'll see beaver again.

They're certainly more numerous in the more forested and wetter regions, but Texas had them way back...they weren't imported here.
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[User Picture]From: amm_me
2011-04-15 02:51 am (UTC)
I took a nature-hike-leaders' course this spring at the preserve below the Lewisville Lake dam north of Dallas. We saw three beaver dams and two lodges. We were told there were others. I was surprised, too.
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