Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Beaver Marsh teeming with life

November 11, 2011, 10:49 am

Throughout the year, the Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park teems with life. Depending on the month, you may be serenaded by a choir of frogs, watch turtles swim among lily pads, glimpse a beaver nibbling on a willow branch or hear northern cardinals call from snowy trees. Let the opportunities to make new discoveries lure you back to the Beaver Marsh each month. November should not be an exception.

Watch for wildlife along the marshlands boardwalk. November is an active month for beavers as they prepare for winter. They are primarily nocturnal animals, but are frequently observed at dawn or dusk. You may see them busily repairing their dams or collecting softwood branches, such as willow and aspen, which they will store in under-water caches in front of their lodge as a winter food supply. You can also view one of their lodges from a pullout along the boardwalk.

Beavers built a system of dams at the Beaver Marsh to hold water in the marsh. This gives them a wider area to swim and lets them minimize dangers from predators on land. When at the marsh, make sure you notice the tremendous amount of work beavers have done to build berms around the deeper water and create side channels that extend water access.