When I was a child…

…we were taught that the noble Canadian icon, the beaver, was the only animal other than man that shaped its own environment.  They build damns to create  headponds in which to construct their lodges.  The lodges themselves are ingenious structures, keeping them warm through the winter and safe from predators.  I believe beavers were referred to in my education as “nature’s engineers.”

Well I don’t know if they’re all that and a bag of chips.  But there is something to be said for creating  a playing field that is tilted in your favour.



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