Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (Paperback)

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I had no idea what a difference beavers make! Hunted nearly to extinction for their fur, beavers are now making a comeback and may just save North America and Great Britain from further ecological disaster. The good news is that beavers don't hold a grudge. Drop a mated pair in a desolate landscape with only a tiny stream and you will see magic happen. Also, this is just a good read; entertaining and so important. You, too, will find yourself joining the ranks of the beaver believers.

— Lisa


WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Washington Post "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"

Science News "Favorite Science Books of 2018"

Booklist "Top Ten Science/Technology Book of 2018"

A marvelously humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents.... A masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world."--The Washington Post

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers"--including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens--recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world's most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it's about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781603589086
ISBN-10: 1603589082
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Publication Date: March 8th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English