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SLT Reads: July

SLT Reads: July - Eager

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our June SLT Reads event. We thoroughly enjoyed our discussion with you all and Bill Dietrich, the author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants.

We are excited to announce that our SLT Reads book of choice for the month of July will be Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why they Matter By: Ben Goldfarb. This book has come highly recommended by SLT board, staff, and members. We are looking forward to learning all about Beavers this month! Our book club discussion will be on July 29th at 5:00pm. Sign up for this month’s meeting here. Even if you signed up last month, please fill out the form again so we know if you are interested in joining us this month. After signing up, you will receive the Zoom meeting link and more information in an email.

"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."

Other Learning Opportunities about Beavers

There is another beaver centered event coming up this month that may be of interest to you.

On July 6th, Rob Rich is hosting a Zoom talk all about beavers and his experiences with them in Washington and Montana. Sign up for Rob’s talk here.

Where to Buy Eager:

Watermark Books in Anacortes - Support Local!

Easton's Books in Mount Vernon - Support local, available online!

Village Books in Bellingham - Support local!

Barnes and Noble


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