Outdoor Radio: Inside a Lodge

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Sara Zahendra is ready to crawl into the beaver lodge. © KPMcFarland.com

Sara Zahendra is ready to crawl into the beaver lodge. © KPMcFarland.com

VCE Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland visit an old beaver lodge at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. Join them as they talk with Ken Benton, North Branch Naturalist and Educator, about beaver adaptations and how they are important keystone species.  Inching through the mud, they also crawl inside the old lodge and see what it might be like to live in a beaver lodge.

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Images from the Show

Closeup images of claws on the hind foot of a beaver at the North Branch Nature Center visitor center. The top and middle photos are the specialized combing claw on each foot, compared with a normal rear claw in the bottom image. Listen to the show to learn more about these adaptations. © KPMcFarland.com

Closeup images of claws on the hind foot of a beaver at the North Branch Nature Center visitor center. The top and middle photos are the specialized combing claw on each foot, compared with a normal rear claw in the bottom image. Listen to the show to learn more about these adaptations. © KPMcFarland.com

Sara and Kent on the huge old lodge before crawling inside.

Sara and Kent on the huge old lodge before crawling inside.

Sara Zahendra crawling in the entrance tunnel into the living quarters in the lodge. With out a headlamp, it was completely dark, but for a few specks of light in the ceiling where the venting area was located. © K.P. McFarland

Sara Zahendra crawling in the entrance tunnel into the living quarters in the lodge. With out a headlamp, it was completely dark, but for a few specks of light in the ceiling where the venting area was located. © K.P. McFarland

A view of the cozy interior of the lodge. © K.P. McFarland

A view of the cozy interior of the lodge. © K.P. McFarland

North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) bank lodge and food cache ready for winter in the water in front of it. © K.P. McFarland

North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) bank lodge and food cache ready for winter in the water in front of it. © K.P. McFarland

An active beaver lodge in a pond created by a damn they built on a large stream. This is what the beaver pond and lodge that we visited would have looked like just 3 years earlier. © K.P. McFarland

An active beaver lodge in a pond created by a damn they built on a large stream. This is what the beaver pond and lodge that we visited would have looked like just 3 years earlier. © K.P. McFarland

This is the beaver pond we visited. It has been abandoned for about 3 years and has grown into a lush meadow. @K.P. McFarland

This is the beaver pond we visited. It has been abandoned for about 3 years and has grown into a lush meadow. @K.P. McFarland

Outdoor Radio is a monthly feature produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio with support from the Byrne Foundation. The program is produced by Vermont Public Radio chief audio engineer Chris Albertine.

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Comments (2)

  1. lindajwilson809 says:

    This was one of the best of your programs, which are always worth listening to. After listening on VPR I appreciate seeing the photos.

    Many thanks!

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