Book Review: Dam Builders

Photo of Beaver sign

Jenny and I recently read a book together called Dam Builders: The natural history of beavers and their ponds (2015) by Michael Runtz. The book is 10.5" square and packed with hundreds of color photographs documenting all aspects of beaver life, including history, evolution, and habits, as well as depicting many of the plants, insects, birds, and mammals inextricably linked to beavers and the habitats they create and maintain. The book is based on the personal experience of the author who has spent decades compiling the images, stories, and research that fill the pages. Whether or not you have beavers living in your neighborhood (and this book may help you recognize their signs for the first time), Dam Builders will open your heart to this continent's largest rodent, the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis).

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