Lorinne Anderson wrote:You do not describe the actual dam building method...will you start with a loose line of upright pallisade branches/sticks then an angled pallisade as the framework then fill with mud/rock/stick?
Would it not be better to do this as the stream dries, as opposed to now when levels will fluctuate?
Are you working from the outside edges in, towards center?
How wide will base vs height be? A lot of folks underestimate the base width of a beaver dam.
Super cool project! Good luck!!
Now, that rare map is giving researchers some new insight into just how busy beavers can be. A new survey shows that many of the dams and ponds that Morgan saw nearly 150 years ago are still there—testament to the resilience of the rodents and their ability to maintain structures over many generations.
Michael Cox wrote:
Modern conventional dam building techniques are designed to be durable on a 50+ year time frame without lots of ongoing construction.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Well done! Looks like success to me, and I love that there is some "leakage" so that there is something keeping the build up of water in check.
Glenn Herbert wrote:Beautiful dam! I wish I had some areas that were wet enough and flat enough to do that. All I have are well-drained fields and hillsides with deep ravines that need big rock to begin to stabilize them. Oh, and a creek that can move 80 foot white pines right through my property in major floods, and tumble 2-ton rocks if they are not well bedded.
I don't think it will be an issue on your small watershed, but my impression is that many of the sticks in a beaver dam are laid parallel with the water flow, which would resist high flow better than if they were crossways to the flow.
Tyler Ludens wrote:It just looks so good - seems to fit right into the landscape.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I think the main drawback to this scheme is the difficulty humans generally have of not being able to swim under water for extended periods and (most folks anyway) not having webbed hands with which to push mud around!
Marco Banks wrote:Beavers do a lot of excavation to deepen ponds and open channels. They then pile that mud and soil up onto their dams and lodges. While I applaud your efforts, you are not a beaver, and you'll find it very difficult to do what they do so effortlessly. A family of beavers can move a LOT of dirt in a couple of years—hundreds of yards, ultimately.
Travis Johnson wrote:It looks great!
We have started to get rain again here too. yesterday we got several inches of rain with high wind, and atone point over 1/4 of Maine was without power. Today they are still at 100,000 people without power, including much of Belfast. I live way out in the boonies and the power flickered, but did not go off which was good.