I have yet to see a beaver in the wild, and have admired and envied the photos of those (like Mike Powell) who can find them within the range of their telephoto lens. But I do see evidence of their recent activity at one of my favorite duck and swan viewing spots on the creek that runs out of Sucker Lake.
The beavers were smart enough to fell the trees in the direction of the creek, but unfortunately for them, the trees were too far from the creek to fall all the way across it. Nevertheless, they are slowly changing the nature of this once swift-flowing inlet by reducing the speed of the current and creating obstacles in the path of the fish that move between the lakes.
By damming creeks and rivers and creating canals to connect bodies of water, beaver do more to shape the wetlands landscape than any other animal (except humans), making it more attractive to a variety of species. I hope this becomes a beaver “hotspot” in the future, so I can come back and photograph something like this.