WOOD You Like to See Some Beavers?
New to the outdoors? Not really sure where to go to see wildlife? No problem! The parks have plenty of trails and natural areas for you to explore and find the best viewing spots. Take the Kingfisher Trail at Winton Woods for instance. This trail is abundant with wildlife such as woodpeckers, titmice, deer, squirrels, and there are even signs of beavers.
Many of the trees on the lower trails have gnaw marks made by beavers. There are even down trees that have that stereotypical look of a beaver chewed tree (pictured above). Did you know the beaver is North America’s largest rodent? When beavers swim under water their nostrils and ears close up so water doesn’t get in them. Beavers also have a nictitating membrane (third eyelid) that allows them to see underwater. The beaver can also close its mouth behind its front teeth, so it can carry woody material without taking in water. Now that you know what’s on the Kingfisher Trail, try exploring some of our other trails at www.greatparks.org.
Nick Mercer, Stewardship Technician