This just in from the Portage Creek corner of the watershed:
A couple of beavers are building a dam on the creek, no permits required! The observant land owner who snapped this photo writes, “Depending on how much work [the beavers accomplish], the creek could be raised 3 to 4 feet. At this point, it looks like maybe one or two beavers can take the credit for this project that has been going on for the last two weeks.”
The presence of beaver on Portage Creek is a testament to the expansive natural areas of its drainage area, as well as to the stewardship of some waterside residents who keep the streambanks lush with trees, shrubs, and native grasses.