Beavers have long been recognized as the engineers of the forest, constantly reshaping their surroundings.
Beavers are one of the largest rodents on Earth and they are considered as “engineers” of the animal kingdom in North America. The beaver is the largest rodent in all of North America, about 4 feet long and weighs at least 60 pounds. The average lifespan of the beaver is 12 – 20 years.
Beavers are water animals and exist on a diet of bark, twigs and buds of trees. They are excellent swimmers and wood cutters, and they use the trees they chew down not only for food, but also for building lodges and dams.
Beavers live together in groups. They cut down trees together – one beaver chews while the other rests, and then the second beaver chews while the first rests. During spring and summer months, beavers also consume corn and other crops, including water plants. As Autumn nears, the beaver begins to harvest trees, shrubs and some greens, storing food for the winter inside their den.(Do you remember the Ant and Grasshopper story?)