Slowly but surely, beavers are taking down David Island on the Conservancy’s Silva tract. See the photo for recent evidence. There just aren’t any predators to keep their numbers in check. These trees are intended to be nesting trees for the Swainson’s hawk, one of the “primary species” the Conservancy is tasked to help out. The natural impulse is to not plant any trees anywhere near water. That is probably where we’ll end up going with this.
Conservancy field personnel captured this close-up of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch. The photo was taken on Conservancy mitigation land associated with a managed marsh complex. In prior years, some called this species the “fish hawk.” Clearly, the claws would be useful in catching fish.… Continue Reading Nail trim needed?