Beavers in the area seem usually to build their lodges some distance apart, but these 3 lodges at Knights Pond seem to belie that habit. Here, in the swampy SE end of the pond, 3 very closely situated lodges seem to suggest a good neighbor policy. Note the mud on the bottom sections of the lodges - in the late fall beavers dredge up mud from the stream or pond bottom and plaster it atop their lodges; the mud quickly freezes and provides their homes with insulation against winter's cold temps and a predator-proof 'concrete' barrier against predator attacks (in summer water keeps most predators at bay, but in winter the formation of ice would make beavers more vulnerable without them using this clever artifice. Rains of this spring have washed most of last winter's mud off the tops of the lodges, so they will have to renew the procedure in a few months.
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