Posted by Allie Wojtaszek on
This Beaver Lodge is easily spotted from the roadway just after entering Elk Island National Park. It is the only place I have ever seen beavers. When I was here for a quick visit in the spring of this year (sadly forgot to bring my camera that time) we stopped here and watched the Beavers fixing up their lodge (an assumption on my part but likely a well educated guess). This appeared to involve them diving down to bring up an armful of mud and pck it down somewhere on the Lodge. I am assuming, again, that they knew what they were doing (there seemed to be a method to their madness).
I was watching this younger Beaver. He seemed to be concentrating on his task with great focus. I watched as he carefully lifted himself and his armload of mud our of the water and started slowly edging up the lodge backwards. When he was three quarter’s of the way up he slipped, dropped his perfect ball of mud and watched in disbelief as it sank into the water. Then his shoulders slumped and he hung his head dejected… just for a few seconds and then he was off again to get more mud. Poor little guy, it’s hard when your smaller!
The importance of the Beaver in the development of Canada through the fur trade led to its designation as the national animal. Depicted on the Canadian five cent piece and the first Canadian picture postage stamp issued in 1849. As a national symbol, the beaver was chosen to be the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal with the name “Amik” (“beaver” in Ojibwe). The beaver is also the symbol of many units and organizations within the Canadian Forces, such as on the cap badges of the Royal 22e Régiment and the Canadian Military Engineers. Toronto Police Services, London Police Service, Canadian Pacific Railway Police Service and Canadian Pacific Railway crest bears the beaver on their crest or coat of arms.