Not only are the beavers fascinating to observe as they forage, groom and build, but their ponds are magnets for other wild creatures. Try taking a walk to a beaver pond an hour or two before sunset, to relax and enjoy the variety of birds and wild animals. If the area is posted to protect the wildlife, consider leaving some cracked corn at the shoreline to attract birds and/or throwing a few apple halves in the water for the beavers. Don’t try to hide behind a bush or tree, as the beavers will know you’re there, but stay about 15 feet from the shore and talk quietly.
At first, you may only see – and hear – some loud tail slaps, but if pond sitting becomes a habit, the wild residents will begin to accept you. Watching the beavers and their interactions with other animals is fun and educational for children, and can become an absorbing, lifelong hobby for adults. What you see depends upon the location of the pond, and here are some photos from the Northeast. If you spend enough time at a beaver pond, eventually you will meet almost all of your wild neighbors.
Green frogs are often seen at the edge of a pond, but more often heard. Their call sounds like a banjo string being plucked.
Black bears seem afraid of everything including snapping turtles. They will climb a tree for safety!
Raccoons are may be seen foraging for food along the edge of the pond. They are so tactile. They seem to feel everything they find before they put it in their mouth.
The wood duck population has recovered along with the increase in population of beavers and wetlands. What a magnificent looking bird! The male is behind the female.
Wherever there are beavers, there also tend to be muskrats. They eat similar food yet coexist well as seen in the photo to the right
Beaver and muskrat eating in harmony. You could almost mistake the muskrat for a baby beaver.
Porcupines can be seen in trees, and go way out on a limb to eat the leaves and tender bark. This one is climbing an apple tree.
If you are lucky, you will see a mother deer with her fawn. Notice the fawn has lost most of its spots.They come to the pond for a drink and to forage.