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  • Beavers putting Mud and Sticks on their Lodge includes photos and video clips taken over several years.
  • I have been amazed by how active they can be during the hours of darkness. Both beavers never stopped for about 7 hours from sunset to sunrise bringing mud to pack on their lodge.
  • To learn about the beavers in the Mendenhall Glacier area in Juneau look at this book  Beavers by the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
  • For a really fun and great place to see beavers in their lodge look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNa6yqMuoM Live Streaming of wild beavers in their home or lodge, Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. Video is captured by infrared camera
  • Inside a Beavers Lodge shows beavers grooming, working on their bed, and sleeping.
  • Of special interest is the beaver cutting slices off sticks that appear to be for the purpose of making bedding material. I have seen then bringing in grass for bedding but never this type of behavior. I read a general account of this behavior which indicated it was the female preparing a bed for her kits. The beaver doing this is the lighter colored of the two so perhaps it is the female. 
  • Watch carefully and you can eventually see two Daddy Longlegs in the Lodge.
  • A mink frequently comes into the lodge to look around. Last year the beaver cam showed a mink bringing a fish into the lodge and eating it.
  • The Wild Beaver Cam at a beaver lodge in the Mendenhall Glacier area is fascinating to look at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNa6yqMuoM Live Streaming of wild beavers in their home or lodge, Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. Video is captured by infrared camera
  • Eats its Poop shows a beaver inside its lodge eating its fecal matter. 
  • Beavers deal with cellulose in several ways. Attached to the digestive tract, near the junction of the small and large intestines, is a large pouch, called the cecum. It is filled with bacteria that break down cellulose into smaller, more usable molecules. This material is excreted as a special kind of feces, which is dark and soft. Beavers eat this material, passing it through the gut a second time and extracting more of the nutrients and vitamins. Beavers share with rabbits and some other small plant-eaters this curious habit of eating the products of cecal digestion. Digested material that has not been processed by the cecum is lighter and firmer; it is excreted but not eaten.
  • The above is from Beavers by the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
  • This habit of eating their fecal matter is called "caecotrophy."
  • Harbor Seal Behavior is from a Alaska Wildlife Alliance meeting where I gave a power point presentation about their behavior. 

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