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  • Bob Fromm

    on February 28, 2021

    02/27/2021 Took a trip down to the farm today to get a few things needed at home. Of course we went back to the pasture, I was anxious to see if Buckey decided to show his face.
    I was disappointed to see that there was no sign of Buckey, or that he has been active in any way. The creek is rising, and water is rolling over the top of his dam, I was sure he would have been out building recently. No real signs of any activity at all on his part, but on the plus side, there were some visitors to the creek, and we have some cool game camera pics to share.
    The visitors that showed up on the camera this visit were Wiley Coyote, Rocco the Raccoon, and Rockey the Squirrel. Oh yeah, there was a critter that we can't readily identify, but we are thinking a mink, what do you think? Be sure to leave me a comment....... Pretty exciting to see the wildlife down there.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 10, 2021

    Went down to the farm today, for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to put up some no trespassing signs at the driveway and on the red shed. Also wanted to check the game cameras. And as much as anything, it was a time that I got to spend with Eric. He brought his rifle down, so we did a little plinking, shot the hell out of a coke can.
    Nothing shaking with Buckey, No signs of him anywhere. I suspect that he is hunkered down in his lodge with his family. I know that when he comes out, he will be busy, there is about 2 inches of water running over his dam, he isn't going to allow that for sure. I am thinking when it starts to warm up a bit, he will be back at it. We will see.
    Nothing on the game camera either, except for a squirrel. Not complaining, I can't remember the last time I saw even a squirrel down there. I like the trend we are seeing with wildlife, makes me happy to think that there is a uptick in the amount of wildlife showing up at the farm. I even almost stepped on a rabbit, and I got to thinking back, saw quite a few last summer, so that is also a great sign.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 4, 2021

    Ok, so I lied a little. I totally forgot about taking the camera down when Eric and I went down to do some target shooting. I did in fact grab a shot of the beaver dam, and have addd it to the gallery.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 4, 2021

    Don't have any really decent pictures, the last time I went to the farm I didn't have my camera with me. I did find the actual location of the beaver dam though. It was right under our nose, just south of the whistle/creek crossing. Don't know why I didn't look there, I guess I was going on where I was seeing activity. The dam is pretty small at this point, and there is still a little water flowing over it. I am sure that when it warms up a little, Buckey will be back at it,
    I really was hoping that the dam would be a bit farther north, we already have an area where the water pools, creating a bit of a pond. We will have to keep an eye on this area though, it has the potential to cause flooding farther south into the fields. The area on Mom's property that would be affected is just grassland and trees, we are not too concerned about that. I don't want to see anybody have any issues with flooding crops because of Buckey, and I have been looking at ways to make sure that does not happen, yet Buckey and his family can continue to hang out on the farm.
    There is one way to allow water to flow, yet the pond that will be created will not totally go away, and that would be our goal. The creek bed is pretty deep so it will take a while to actually flood any pasture or crops for that matter, at least no more than what usually happens in the spring. We will keep an eye on things, and if it starts to look like an issue, we will be contacting DNR to see what we need to do to find a solution that helps all involved.
    I am going to try to go down to place some no trespassing signs up, I will try to get some pics of the dam and check the field cameras again, hope we get a chance to see Buckey. I think he is staying close to the lodge though, there was a pretty good layer of ice on the creek in that area. Till then, thanks for checking in.

  • Bob Fromm

    on January 15, 2021

    Image #1 is just a general view of the creek looking north. If you look, you can see a tree that the beavers have been working on.
    Image #2 is what I think is the beaver lodge. This is their home. The entrance is under water . The water is what protects the beavers from predators.
    Image 3 is just one of the trees that have been felled by the beavers. I assume that this will soon be moved up downstream to the dam site to be incorporated into the structure.
    The rest of the images are what I think is the building site. I am basing that on all of the tree pieces in the water. It appears that this is on the farm north of Mom's place so any actions taken may be out of our hands. Time will tell,

I am going to attempt to follow the beaver family as they attempt to dam up the creek and build their home. These pics were taken yesterday when Susan, Mom and I went down on the 13th. While we were there, we moved the pasture game camera to be near a fairly large tree that they have been working on, so I hope to have pics from the game cam to add as time goes on.

When we first saw that there was beaver activity on the farm, I did some investigation. I found that it is illegal to just bust up a beaver dam or lodge. There has to be damage to crops or property (buildings, septic systems, etc). I also found that there are devices that can be put into place so that the beavers can continue to live in their little domain, and the water will still flow, averting damage to crops and property.

At this point, I have not located the dam for sure, but it appears to be just across the property line into the next farm, but there are possible signs on Mom's side as well. We will see as the dam becomes more pronounced and developed.

The good thing for Mom's place is that there is pasture ground that separates the crops from the creek. There could be some loss of pasture land eventually, but with the creek trench being as deep as it is, I am not sure there will be any issue.

Our goal would be to keep the beavers in place. It may require that the device be built to allow water to pass through the dam so that flooding in nearby fields does not happen. We will see how this all develops and will update this post.




  • Bob Fromm

    on February 28, 2021

    02/27/2021 Took a trip down to the farm today to get a few things needed at home. Of course we went back to the pasture, I was anxious to see if Buckey decided to show his face.
    I was disappointed to see that there was no sign of Buckey, or that he has been active in any way. The creek is rising, and water is rolling over the top of his dam, I was sure he would have been out building recently. No real signs of any activity at all on his part, but on the plus side, there were some visitors to the creek, and we have some cool game camera pics to share.
    The visitors that showed up on the camera this visit were Wiley Coyote, Rocco the Raccoon, and Rockey the Squirrel. Oh yeah, there was a critter that we can't readily identify, but we are thinking a mink, what do you think? Be sure to leave me a comment....... Pretty exciting to see the wildlife down there.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 10, 2021

    Went down to the farm today, for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to put up some no trespassing signs at the driveway and on the red shed. Also wanted to check the game cameras. And as much as anything, it was a time that I got to spend with Eric. He brought his rifle down, so we did a little plinking, shot the hell out of a coke can.
    Nothing shaking with Buckey, No signs of him anywhere. I suspect that he is hunkered down in his lodge with his family. I know that when he comes out, he will be busy, there is about 2 inches of water running over his dam, he isn't going to allow that for sure. I am thinking when it starts to warm up a bit, he will be back at it. We will see.
    Nothing on the game camera either, except for a squirrel. Not complaining, I can't remember the last time I saw even a squirrel down there. I like the trend we are seeing with wildlife, makes me happy to think that there is a uptick in the amount of wildlife showing up at the farm. I even almost stepped on a rabbit, and I got to thinking back, saw quite a few last summer, so that is also a great sign.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 4, 2021

    Ok, so I lied a little. I totally forgot about taking the camera down when Eric and I went down to do some target shooting. I did in fact grab a shot of the beaver dam, and have addd it to the gallery.

  • Bob Fromm

    on February 4, 2021

    Don't have any really decent pictures, the last time I went to the farm I didn't have my camera with me. I did find the actual location of the beaver dam though. It was right under our nose, just south of the whistle/creek crossing. Don't know why I didn't look there, I guess I was going on where I was seeing activity. The dam is pretty small at this point, and there is still a little water flowing over it. I am sure that when it warms up a little, Buckey will be back at it,
    I really was hoping that the dam would be a bit farther north, we already have an area where the water pools, creating a bit of a pond. We will have to keep an eye on this area though, it has the potential to cause flooding farther south into the fields. The area on Mom's property that would be affected is just grassland and trees, we are not too concerned about that. I don't want to see anybody have any issues with flooding crops because of Buckey, and I have been looking at ways to make sure that does not happen, yet Buckey and his family can continue to hang out on the farm.
    There is one way to allow water to flow, yet the pond that will be created will not totally go away, and that would be our goal. The creek bed is pretty deep so it will take a while to actually flood any pasture or crops for that matter, at least no more than what usually happens in the spring. We will keep an eye on things, and if it starts to look like an issue, we will be contacting DNR to see what we need to do to find a solution that helps all involved.
    I am going to try to go down to place some no trespassing signs up, I will try to get some pics of the dam and check the field cameras again, hope we get a chance to see Buckey. I think he is staying close to the lodge though, there was a pretty good layer of ice on the creek in that area. Till then, thanks for checking in.

  • Bob Fromm

    on January 15, 2021

    Image #1 is just a general view of the creek looking north. If you look, you can see a tree that the beavers have been working on.
    Image #2 is what I think is the beaver lodge. This is their home. The entrance is under water . The water is what protects the beavers from predators.
    Image 3 is just one of the trees that have been felled by the beavers. I assume that this will soon be moved up downstream to the dam site to be incorporated into the structure.
    The rest of the images are what I think is the building site. I am basing that on all of the tree pieces in the water. It appears that this is on the farm north of Mom's place so any actions taken may be out of our hands. Time will tell,

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