Beavers? What is this, TMZ?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t kick off till the 29th of this month but Mike Licht has already put together more information than you thought there was to find about the upcoming bloom. Most notable (or is that notional?), to me anyway, is the article he scared up indicating that in 1999 a family of beavers chewed up 14 of our trees.

Beavers.

There’s beavers in the tidal basin? Okay, there were beavers in the tidal basin?

Who knew?

Well, Mike did. Check out his post, it’s got a lot of interesting links about the history of the trees, the Japanese traditions surrounding them, and info on several other events related to the bloom but not among the official Cherry Blossom Festival organization offerings.

Image courtesy of DWinton

4 Comments so far

  1. dendroica on March 7th, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    Last March I saw a beaver at the Tidal Basin over by the FDR Memorial. So I guess the Park Service didn’t get all of them.


  2. Beltway Ramblings » Holy Cow Batman!! It’s A Flying Squirrel!!! (pingback) on March 7th, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

    […] off the winter and get out and enjoy the soon-to-be warmer weather! The trees are budding so the Cherry Blossoms aren’t far […]


  3. agoff on March 8th, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    I have witnessed USDA officials in another state use 40 lbs of explosives to blow up beaver dams. The reason: not eating trees but adding to a problem of flooding and clogging city sewer lines. Prior to the explosion the USDA had to trap and kill the beavers. This did not sit well with local animal activist who believe it’s possible through alternative ways for all of us to coexist. I had always thought of the beav as a cute, naturific animal who worked hard for his dolla. Is it really that much of a rodent? On cherry blossoms- I can’t wait for them to come on out. I love their smell so much I serioulsy use "cherry blossom" lotion year round.


  4. hillrat on March 12th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    FWIW, even though Washington RFC has been chased off the Mall they are still holding their annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament for those who may wish to crack a few skulls and a few brews.



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