In July my family and I kayaked up a stream to a beaver dam in Michigan’s eastern UP. We pulled our kayaks over the dam and explored in our kayaks the several-square mile beaver ecosystem. This consisted of the beaver pond and the surrounding marsh interlaced with beaver canals. We discovered another dam and two lodges, as well as an astonishing variety of flora.
Beavers create wetland habitats with their dams which host numerous varieties of plants and animals. The deep pools they form are favorites of fishermen, and bird lovers find the beaver wetlands ideal bird-spotting sanctuaries.
Beavers are the engineers of the animal world. In fact, my engineering alma mater uses the beaver as its mascot. Beavers have even built structures visible in photographs from space, as will be described in later posts.
The beaver is Canada’s national animal. In 1975 New York named the beaver its state animal. One of America’s 50 states is known as the Beaver State. Can you guess which one? My own city’s symbol is the beaver.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the first of a series of blog posts on Beavers.
Read the sequel:
2. Beavers in Troy
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Sunday August 1, 2010 A.D.
Read my July 2010 Bible-Science column
Baseball Pitcher Rejects Evolutionism.
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? (Job 12:7-10)