Mountain Words Literary Festival: “Can Beavers Save the Planet?” with Ben Goldfarb
all-ages discussion at Gunsight Bridge beaver ponds
Sunday, May 29
10 am – 11 am
Meet at Gunsight Bridge
*please no dogs
As part of your festival pass, or Pay What You Can
How do beavers engineer landscapes, and how are these industrious rodents helping us fight drought, pollution, and climate change in Colorado and beyond? Join Ben Goldfarb, author of the award-winning book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, for an informal conversation by a beaver pond. All of your burning semiaquatic-rodent questions will be answered. There may be mud!
Ben Goldfarb is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in publications including the Atlantic, the New York Times, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, and High Country News, and has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. His first book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, received the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. His next book, on the ecology of roads, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co., and received the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for a manuscript in progress. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado, with his wife, Elise, and his dog, Kit — which is, of course, what you call a baby beaver.