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Beavers, Lichens, and Science - Oh My!

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Blog post written by Amy Jewitt (GRLC Board Member)

Video provided by Peter Walker (GRLC Board Member)

Beaver activity at Glade Run Lake (with GRLC Board Member, Dave Fowler, shown in photo).

The natural world at Glade Run Lake provides ample opportunities to view and appreciate nature year-round. From the birds flitting about in the trees, to the wide array of plants that call Glade Run Lake "home". Even now in these cold winter months, there is life to be seen, noticed, and studied.

If you've recently visited Glade Run Lake, you may have noticed some beaver activity along the lake's shoreline. Peter Walker, Board Member with the Glade Run Lake Conservancy, recently visited and captured video showing the trees that were impacted by this important animal. Known as a keystone species, beavers are considered animals on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend, such that if they (beavers) were removed, the ecosystem would drastically change. In this way, beavers play a critical role in the natural world by promoting and sustaining biodiversity.

Video credit: Gwilym Walker