Bridge to Biodiversity

Pair of Mallard Ducks Enjoying a Swim in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A Pair of Mallard Ducks Enjoying a Swim (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Imagine a chorus of peepers so deafening workers in the area have to wear ear protection.  That’s the present situation at my favorite nearby wetland community, One Beaver Place.  A few months back I wrote about beaver dams and how they create a welcoming habitat for many of our native creatures, such as birds, weasels, otters, fish, frogs, and peepers, of course!  Wetlands offer a unique window of opportunity to observe many different aspects of a natural environment that we might not otherwise experience.  Especially with the benefit of a bridge that brings you out for a closer look. 

Bridge Leading Into Wetlands in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Bridge Leading Into Wetlands (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

During the winter, when ice forms across the pond, I am able to walk out and monitor the activities taking place around the beaver’s lodge.  But once the ice is gone, I’ve lost my chance to witness the nearby neighborhood happenings.  That is, until a bridge was constructed that gives me the advantage of stopping by for a nature visit anytime I’d like, with or without ice.  And this is a bridge designed with attention to the environment (thanks to our Naromi Land Trust, employing a design and materials that will be minimally invasive to the surroundings.

Beaver Swimming Near Lodge in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Beaver Swimming Near Lodge (just to right of lodge) (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I met with Ellen, one of the three bridge builders, and she informed me that they used solid metal pipes in the ground that are rot resistant and prevent any chemical by-products from leaching into the wetlands.  The framework was made from pressure treated wood, but this was several feet up from the soil to prevent possible contamination. The decking and edge guards were made from black locust, which is a durable hard wood.  The bridge was laid out to simulate a meandering path with a few bends that provide places to stop and contemplate.  Perhaps you may spot a few mallards swimming by, a turtle basking on a partially submerged log, or a beaver bringing a branch to its lodge.

Diving Goose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Diving Goose (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

If you happen to be out and about and find a quiet water source, stop and take a moment to survey the scene.  With the warming temperatures, there’s a treasure chest of nature’s bounty waiting for you to behold, all you have to do is look.

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