Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The stumps within and surrounding the pond display signs of bark chipping and scratches. These markings are evidence of the presence of beavers in and around the pond. Beavers play a critical role in Sapsucker Woods’ ecosystem. When they fell trees, the fresh stumps stimulate plant growth and promote new tree shoots. Their clearing of trees also allows more light to penetrate the forest floor, providing much needed energy for ground plants, shrubs, and low canopy flora to grow and diversify the environment.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Sapsucker Woods Through the Seasons: Fall/Winter