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Beaver Activity Gives Canada Geese Earlier Access To Thawing Ponds
2013-02-14 08:03:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Alberta, published in a recent issue of Mammalian Biology, reveals that busy beavers help Canada geese get an earlier start when the birds fly home and begin nesting in the spring. The researchers found that in ponds in Alberta where beavers were active, an earlier thaw of winter snowpack resulted, giving Canada geese a better chance at reproductive success. This study is the first to link early...


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2006-12-26 10:31:18

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada. Also it is native to most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. Its fur is dark brown. It has a rounded head, a large flat paddle-shaped tail and webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. This is the largest rodent found in North America and the second largest rodent in the world (the largest rodent being the South American capybara). Beavers are mainly...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'