Goldfarb’s evident affection for beavers shines through the book. When he goes one-on-one with beavers, their individual personalities come through. Occasionally he gets carried away ... But here’s the take-home message: Goldfarb has built a masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world, how that world stands now and how it could be in the future if we protect beaver populations. He gives us abundant reasons to respect environment-restoring beavers and their behaviors, for their own good and for ours.
His entirely captivating new book...is surely the most passionate, most detailed, and most readable love-note these dour furry little workaholics will ever get ... He relates the intricacies of their natural history with enormous, happy energy—this is the ultimate start-here book for anybody interested in beavers—and he makes the strongest case yet for the extensive benefits beavers provide for their wider surroundings, far more extensive benefits than are typically attributed to these anti-social little brutes. And through it all, Goldfarb maintains a level of fandom that's downright charming. Eager is a fascinating snapshot of the beaver's current conservational moment, and it's a thought-provoking exploration of the benefits beavers bring to the land.
In his intriguing debut...environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb details the multitude of ways beavers impact the landscape ... Through interviews with experts in the field, scientific studies, statistical analysis and his own experiences crisscrossing the U.S. and the U.K. to witness beavers up close and personal, Goldfarb explains how restoring these 'ecosystem engineers' to their natural habitat can save tens of millions of dollars each year and help combat drought, climate change and other environmental issues ... As Goldfarb reinforces, beavers are 'nothing less than continent-scale forces of nature, in large part responsible for sculpting the land upon which we Americans built our towns and raised our food.' It’s a wake-up call that needs to be answered.
Beginning with the early fur traders who depleted beaver populations and leading to those attempting to reverse the negative opinion about beaver's detrimental influence, this comprehensive book provides a well-rounded consideration of a frequently misunderstood species ... Even if you don't think you have an opinion on beavers, this engaging book will make you a beaver believer.
Most people picture a clear, fast-moving creek with a narrow course and lots of rocks. This vision, award-winning environmental journalist Goldfarb informs us in this fresh, historically grounded look at North America’s largest rodent, is wrong ... Goldfarb traveled the country to observe researchers, beaver damage mitigators, county engineers, hydrologists, and wildlife biologists, all working with beavers and studying their positive effects on ecosystems from the western deserts to the replenishing forests of the east. Beavers are kind of magical, Goldfarb tells us: they can make wetlands appear.
In this diverting volume, environmental journalist Goldfarb sings the praises of beavers ... Goldfarb also calls attention to the work done by dedicated wildlife biologists, scientists, land managers, and other self-proclaimed 'beaver believers' ... These folks lend personality to an affectionate portrait of these 'hardy rodents.'
The author consistently convinces readers of the truth of this assessment. It’s vital, he writes, that we learn to coexist with these ecosystem engineers because they can help restore our rivers, forestall the loss of biodiversity, and reduce the damages of climate change. An eight-page photograph insert further brings beavers and their world to life. Filled with hard facts and fascinating people (and animals), this is an authoritative, vigorous call for understanding and action.