Beavers in Belchertown, an aerial tour

Date: 
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Place name or River name: 
Herman Covey Wildlife Management Area
Watershed: 
Swift River
Latitude: 
42°15'1.61" N
Longitude: 
72°20'45.25" W
Description/Comments: 

These UAV images from July 18-25, 2021 illustrate many of the issues with road-stream crossings, culvert size, debris, climate change driven intense precipitation and related flooding, and beaver activity in the Northeast. Also shown are river processes in action, a stable channel through a floodplain forest, glacial geologic features (an esker, and glacial till), and beaver-constructed wetlands. This tour from above shows evidence of where floodwaters went.