SALISBURY — Author and environmental writer Ben Goldfarb will speak about beavers and what they do to benefit the environment on Saturday, March 6, at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
Dam It: Partnering with Beavers to Heal the Planet is a free Scoville Memorial Library program. To register or for more information, call 860-435-2838 or check the event page at scovillelibrary.org.
Considered a keystone species, beavers are instrumental in creating new wetland habitats and thus contributing to species diversity and the ecological benefits that wetlands bestow for flood control, water filtration and more, an announcement said.
In “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter,” Goldfarb said the modern conception of a healthy ecosystem is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out beavers from North America’s waterways, according to the announcement. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: ponds drained, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat, the announcement said.
Goldfarb will discuss the history of this species; how beavers can help in the fight against droughts, flooding, wildfires, and climate change; and how people can coexist with this species.