Beaver Small Journal
The following description appears on the inside cover of your small journal.
Beavers are found throughout North America. To beavers, a pond is security as they are primarily aquatic. The tail is perhaps the beaver’s most distinguishing characteristic; broad and flat with blackish scales it serves as a rudder, sculling oar, and alarm-sounder when slapped on water.
Beavers build well-engineered dams to slow water flow in streams and rivers, and then build a stable lodge for their shelter. Beavers are a “keystone” species as their dams create habitat for other aquatic organisms. From the point of view of water quality, water supply, and wildlife habitats, beavers are generally beneficial. Beavers are the only animals other than humans to alter their environment to suit their needs. This distinction earned them the name “Little People” from the Native Americans of New England. Beavers can teach us to make our dreams a reality through our actions.
artwork and text by Steve Sierigk