By cutting trees and building dams, beavers shape landscapes and provide valuable wetland homes for many plants and animals. These radical rodents were once almost hunted to extinction for their prized fur, but today we are building a new relationship with them, and our appreciation of the benefits they offer as habitat creators and water stewards is growing.
Packed with facts and personal stories and richly illustrated with photos, this book looks at the beaver’s biology and behavior and illuminates its vital role as a keystone species. The beaver’s comeback is one of North America’s greatest conservation success stories and Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers introduces readers to the conservationists, scientists and young people who are working to build a better future for our furry friends.
Beavers is written especially for kids ages 9 to 12, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
In this short video, I talk about some of the background to Beavers and what I hope readers will take away from it.
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Canadian Review of Materials: “This resource will serve as a valuable tool to encourage middle grade readers to know beavers better and to see the desirability for our coexistence with them. Highly Recommended.” – from Issue 29, April 2, 2021.
School Library Journal: “An engaging book that will leave readers spouting facts about beavers. Students will have a new appreciation for these innovative builders and their significant impact on the landscape and ecosystems of North America.” – from May 2021 issue.