I took a walk along Antelope lake and discovered the beavers have been very busy chopping down trees and building under water homes.
Mom used to call them Little Men of the Forest.
Like people these rodents re engineer the landscape to their liking.
They burrow into banks of lakes and rivers and build dams out of trees they have gnawed down with their strong teeth. These animals work, work, work, like little lumber jacks and builders to transform swamps and fields into large ponds that the little creatures thrive in.
Their lodges are home to an extended family of monogamous parents, young kits and the yearlings born the previous spring.
The lake is freezing over now. I'm sure this family of beavers will be cozy and warm in their homes all winter.