Beaver believers, nature writing with Ben Goldfarb


Enjoyable and informative conversation with award winner nature writer Ben Goldfarb.

Beaver believers with Ben Goldfarb

More about Ben

I’m the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (Chelsea Green Publishing), winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

More about Ben’s book Eager for Beavers ->

Eager reveals that our modern conception of a natural landscape is wrong, distorted by the trapping of 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 than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts.

Eager is the powerful story of how one of the world’s most influential species can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and climate change — and how we can learn to coexist with our fellow travelers on this planet.

See more on his website here, and check out great pictures on his twitter feed also

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