Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Meeting Location: Small Udall Conference Room, 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM, 87505.
No RSVP required. Botanical Book Club meets every second Tuesday of the month. We hope you can join us!
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden invites you to participate in our monthly Botanical Book Club. Join other botanical book enthusiasts over tea, cookies, and great conversation about our book of the month. The book of the month for November is Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb.
About Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
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.