We are not the only beings who recognize the onset of frigid weather and set about to do something about it. The pack of beavers in Fort Snelling State Park do some preparation, too. These ex-trees were downed by an unknown beaver in a area of the park very near Pike Island. The tree was trimmed and some limbs dragged off to build a winter abode - a beaver lodge. I looked around to see if there were any lodges in the area and sure enough just a hundred feet or so from the bridge to the big island, the new construction was underway.
Incidentally, this is my 900th post on this blog since beginning May 3, 2007, the first day.