There are many interesting animals living along the boardwalk by the bay. While we have not seen it yet, there is at least one beaver which is working to dam one of the streams which empties into the bay. It must be frustrated though.
We have seen the water level rise just north of the trail at one location but didn't realize beavers were responsible.
One day, another walker told us about the huge beaver he saw swimming up the stream.
Later we saw the same man coming out of the area where the beaver dam appears to be. He stopped to explain that he destroys the dam
every day he walks because the city would move the beavers if they flooded the trail area because of their dam.
Beavers need deep water for protection from predators, as well as to float food and building material for their lodge. If the beavers can't achieve a sufficient depth of water, they will move anyway.
Besides the flooding, others are concerned about the number of trees the large rodents chop down. However, there is a new hotel/spa being built along the trail by a foreign industrialist.
As a result, trees have been cleared from the area in front of and on either side of the structure,
but also on the seaward side of the boardwalk.
Nature does not trump jobs.
Remember the song Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell? Written in 1970, the song "goes to show" how little has changed. We still "pave paradise to put up a parking lot."
We hope to see the beavers before they decide to leave on their own or are evicted.