Is it possible there are beavers doing their thing in Periwinkle Creek? It sure looked like it when I came across this scene on Monday afternoon.
The Albany Visitors Association mentions two habitats where beavers can be spotted in the Albany area. One is the Talking Water Gardens, and the other is the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area northwest of town in Benton County.
So it’s no great leap to imagine that one or two beavers might have made their way up Periwinkle Creek. But it’s hard to see why any self-respecting beaver would want to do that.
The creek channel is choked with weeds, bushes, and all manner of junk including shopping carts. And this part of the summer, the flow is reduced to the point that algae and other scum are floating on the surface.
So, as waterways go, Periwinkle Creek would not rank among the the nicest places for creatures to exist, let alone build a dam, which I gather is the main reason beavers cut down trees.
Anyway, there it was, a young poplar or cottonwood, gnawed off at the base and flung half way across the bike path above.
I can see a beaver in a feisty mood being fed up with the conditions on this creek. “I’m getting out of here,” he said to no one in particular, “but before I go I’m chopping down this stupid tree.” (hh)