We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is 2790 feet, or about a half mile in length. It makes sense that the longest dams would need to be built on gently-sloping, slow-moving wetlands in order to impound a good volume of water, while most Beaver-sized streams can be effectively dammed with shorter lengths, or a series of shorter lengths, as in the photo below (from this excellent Beaver photo site):
"So I think a dam is more a line of continuity than it is an interruption of a fundemental force of nature. A beaver dam is that arc of a circle that enables a beaver pond to be the home of a colony of beavers."
That "arc of a circle" has a nice touch to it. His pages on mink and otter were also interesting.
There's something intriguing, engaging and real about a nature site put together by some regular guy, rather than a squad of professionals. The Nat'l Geographic article would have some full-color picture of a beaver standing tall atop his dam, looking majestically over his realm with a glorious dying sunset in the background, and my first thought would be, "Okay, who photoshopped this sucker?"
The word "photoshop" never entered my mind while reading this guy's article.
Made for a nice change, BD. That's what Maggie's is all about.