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Thu May 5, 2005 Miss Vicky 

I really must get my camera fixed.
Tonight I took advantage of a rare moment of peace and went for a run along the river. I've just picked up running again after a long hiatus, and this was my first solo expedition. I decided to start running as a complement to swimming (which, thanks to injuries, I haven't been doing enough of lately), and my swim team has a running group that meets once a week at a local track for speed work. It's been pretty good so far, and it was such a nice evening tonight I thought I would strike out on my own and head down to the river.

I wasn't the only person with this idea - the trail along the river was hopping with walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers and families out enjoying the evening. As I headed west, I passed a re-enactment of a WWII military camp being set up by Remic Rapids, presumably part of the VE-day anniversary events and the opening of the new Museum of War.

And just where I turn to cross under the parkway and head south toward Wellington, I noticed a large, dark, moving mass in the water. Now, there's been a lot of activity down there lately - ducks pairing up and getting ready to nest, geese being, well, geese. The usual spring drill. But this was the first time I'd seen a beaver. We'd seen evidence of beavers on our morning walks (it's amazing the size of trees they can take down!), but not actual animals. There he was, just cruising along the shoreline, munching away, backlit by the sun setting on the Gatineau side of the river.

Alas, no camera to capture the moment. You'll just have to use your imagination, I guess!

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amckay May 6, 2005 08:50 AM said:

I saw a beaver the other day a km or 2 further up the river, just around where the transitway come out onto the parkway. I was riding in the bus at the time. My first time seeing one in the Ottawa River, too.

Miss Vicky May 6, 2005 09:58 AM said:

It was pretty cool to see the beaver so close to shore. Really, he was only a few metres away. A couple from the 'hood (who had a camera - must be birders, I'm guessing) were sitting on a bench by the shore, enjoying the evening and snapping shots of the local wildlife, told me the beavers were often around in the evening, and that they'd been trying to build in a storm drain nearby.

It's nice to know the ecosystem is surviving (despite us). We need to do more to keep it that way.

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