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2021-22 Beaver Education Series
Dam It: How Beavers Can Save the Planet
Monday, January 17, 2022
7:00pm - On-line
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In Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern conception of a healthy ecosystem is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s waterways. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: ponds drained, 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 hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. In his talk, Ben will discuss the history of this world-changing species; how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change; and how we can coexist with this challenging but vital rodent.
Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter,
winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work has appeared in
publications including the Atlantic, Science, Orion Magazine, and the Washington Post. He lives in
Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Elise, and his dog, Kit — which is, of course, what you call a
Past Programs in this Series
Beavers in Autumn
Meet at the Marlboro Post Office at 4 pm on Saturday, October 16
There is no better to season to enjoy the life of a beaver pond than autumn when beavers are busy preparing for winter. This is also the time of year that is blessedly free of biting insects and when the colors of autumn are reflected in the waters of the pond. On this late afternoon excursion we will visit a couple of beaver ponds at the headwaters of the Green River. Patti Smith, naturalist at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, is a longtime watcher of beavers. She will interpret the signs of autumnal beaver activity and will talk about the ecology and seasons of life of a beaver pond. These sites are both on quiet backroads and provide wonderful opportunities for wildlife watching year-round. They exist, in part, because of the flow devices installed to keep the beavers from plugging culverts. Biologist Skip Lisle has developed these systems for resolving beaver conflicts and will join us to talk about how the devices work and why he has dedicated his life to helping beavers to do their work.
Getting along with Beavers
Sunday, October 17 at 1 pm
Soszynski Farm, 1136 Guilford Center Road
Love them or hate them, beavers are part of our community. By creating ponds and wetlands, they help control flooding and enhance habitat for many other species. They also plug culverts, cut down prized trees, and raise water levels in places where water is unwelcome. Skip Lisle of Beaver Deceivers International has made a career of solving beaver conflicts. He has seen it all and has developed techniques to safeguard property while allowing beavers to do their good work.
Gather at a Soszynski farm in Guilford for a problem-solving event. The pond there is a beaver magnet and previous owners have had a zero tolerance policy. When the Soszynskis moved in, they hoped to have a different relationship with the beavers. Can it be done? Skip Lisle of Beaver Deceivers International has made a career of solving beaver conflicts. He has seen it all and has developed techniques to safeguard property while allowing beavers to do their good work. We will begin with a half-hour presentation on issues and solutions, and then tour Steve's beaver wetlands and with an eye toward conflict resolution and letting beavers do their work. Skip will demonstrate how he protects trees.
Bring a folding chair if you'd like to sit for the presentation.
These programs are part of a beaver education series supported by the VT Department of Fish & Wildlife Watershed Grant Program