Ben Goldfarb, an award-winning environmental journalist and author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, will reveal that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is misguided, 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, farmers, and passionate citizens- recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. In his May 9 presentation, Goldfarb will describe beaver biology, ecology, and history; detail the many environmental benefits provided by beavers, including habitat creation, water storage, and pollution filtration; and detail how landowners and municipalities around the country are learning to coexist with these sometimes challenging rodents. The presentation will also touch upon beavers' role in Wisconsin ecology and their unique management status within the state.
The NGLVC will open at 6:00 pm. Signed copies of Goldfarb's book will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands and funded in part by the Fund for the Environment of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.