On an unusually warm December late afternoon, my son and I paddled out on the Bronx River in search of signs of the Bronx River beavers. After checking out some signs and recent activity, we headed slowly back downstream. Staying quiet, even though the traffic was quite loud. I saw a head coming at us near the bank. A beaver as long as our canoe was wide passed directly under us, then immediately turned and slapped its tail. Down stream we saw another head start moving back and forth across the river. After several slaps in a span of about five minutes, we headed off, at once amazed at witnessing this Bronx spectacle, and feeling a little invasive.
Bronx River Alliance bronxriver.org