25 July 2020
Last week I found an aspen lying in the creek that used to be its home. The cone shape of the stump means a beaver felled this tree.
Beaver evidence is common at Moraine State Park, Raccoon Creek and even at Pittsburgh’s North Shore and on Washington’s Landing island. What makes this scene unusual is that it’s in the heart of Frick Park.
The felled aspen is next to the new upper boardwalk on Frick Park’s Nine Mile Run Trail. (See the edge of boardwalk in the photo below.)
I’ve seen beaver evidence along the Monongahela River near Duck Hollow so I’m not surprised that a beaver swam or walked up Nine Mile Run. When he got to the boardwalk he found the perfect habitat: a shallow waterfall (man-made) and lots of trees to eat.
I haven’t seen the Frick Park beaver but I’ve seen a photo.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. 😉
(photos by Kate St. John)