Eager; the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter*
About the event
During this fascinating lecture Environmental journalist, Ben Goldfarb, reveals that everything we think we know about what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is inaccurate a historical artefact produced by the removal of beavers from their former haunts.
Across the Western Hemisphere, a coalition of `beaver believers - including scientists, government officials, and farmers have begun to recognize that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them, and to restore these industrious rodents to streams throughout North American and Europe.
It’s a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was settled, the secret ways in which our landscapes have changed over the centuries and the measures we can take to mitigate drought, flooding, wildfire, biodiversity loss, and the ravages of climate change. And ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to co-exist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travellers on this planet.
This event includes a chance to buy a signed copy of Ben’s E.O. Wilson prize winning book.
The Oxford Festival of nature is a 2 week events programme run by BBOWT and collaborative partners across the city of Oxford between the 25 May 2019 – 8 June 2019. There are so many events to come along to and learn about wildlife and nature around you. From comedy nights to children’s night-time safaris – there is something that everyone can take part in. For more information about the Oxford Festival of Nature visit our webpage www.oxfordfestivalofnature.org
*This event is organised by Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Oxfordshire Mammal Group