Not only is it #ThrowbackThursday, it’s also #InternationalBeaverDay! This photo of a beaver was taken in 1969, the same year the State Legislature named the American Beaver Oregon’s state animal.
Known as nature’s engineer, beavers are the largest living rodent in North America. Find them along rivers and small streams, lakes, marshes and even roadside ditches that have enough water flow. They build and maintain their dams and lodges with whatever materials they can find (wood, stones, mud, plants) and have been known to build truly impressive structures (one dam was 10 feet high and 165 feet wide). Difficult to spot in the wild, you might see their cuttings and stripped bark along waterways; the lighter the wood the more recent the cutting.
Of course you can also find the beaver on Oregon’s state flag, the only state flag with a design on both sides.