Last week I made a pilgrimage to Minnesota's @VoyageursNPS, home to America's highest beaver densities.
Any beaver activity is impressive to me. But Voyageurs' dams—well, they're among our most jaw-dropping natural wonders, deserving of international renown.
Time for a thread!
First, let's get oriented. We're on the Kabetogama Peninsula, along MN's border w/ Canada—once the route of the Voyageurs, French-Canadian fur traders who almost completely extirpated beavers by the 19th century.
Yeah, I'd say the beavers are back.
No surprise, then, that @VoyageursNPS is America's best beaver-watching. Normally they're secretive little buggers, but within an hour of arriving in the park I'd already seen a half-dozen — including this very obliging adult at a lodge/dam complex near Ash River Visitor Center.