Beavers get a bad rap, but in reality they’re actually miracle workers capable of rapidly restoring entire ecosystems in ways that humans could only dream of. If you care about the environment or are concerned about climate change, then this book should go to the top of your reading list. Shining a light on a misunderstood and underutilized member of the animal kingdom, Eager is an interesting and charming call to action – but above all else, it is an inspiring reminder of why we need to acknowledge and respect the interconnectedness of all things.— Brian
"A marvelously humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents....A masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world."--The Washington Post
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.