Beaver Pond to Meadow Cycles

recently drained beaver pond showing wetland vegetation
Date: 
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Place name or River name: 
Herman Covey Wildlife Management Area
Watershed: 
Swift River
Latitude: 
42°15'3.77" N
Longitude: 
72°20'48.01" W
Description/Comments: 

In Herman Covey Wildlife Management Area in Belchertown, beavers are allowed to be beavers, and their engineering forms part of a natural cycle: Periodically drained beaver dams form part of an ecological cycle from pond to wetland, to meadow, to woodlands.