Being that the National Audubon Society formed from grassroots efforts to end the killing of birds for the fashion industry and continues to work for the protection of birds and their habitat, it is no surprise that the bird list for the Francis Beidler Forest is extensive. Additionally, thousands of people a year have been looking at birds after the completion of the boardwalk in 1977. There are very few surprises when in comes to birds at the Francis Beidler Forest. That's part of what makes yesterday's bird sighting interesting.
Previously in this blog (May, June), we have covered beavers (Castor canadensis) and their return to the Francis Beidler Forest. Yesterday, we wanted to take the Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and capture coordinates for the beaver dam (shown in blue) in order to show its location on maps of the boardwalk area. The water level is quite low, so walking along the low dam was not difficult and we were out of the office. A short dam near the nature center keeps water from leaking up a low draw, while the 1/4-mile section of dam ties the lodge under the powerline to the high ground near the fork of the boardwalk. There is another 1/4 mile of dam that runs north from the lodge to the swamp across the powerline right-of-way, but we ran out of time and did not gather its coordinates. Good excuse for another day out in the swamp.
It was another day in the swamp, but as always, it was something new and exciting!
Images by Mark Musselman