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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Beavers in North America: Trapped, Valued, and Why They Matter

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10
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Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for.

Our fifth speaker is Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist, editor, and author. Ben has edited and worked for a number of environmental publications, including Sage Magazine and High Country News. His writing has also appeared in Orion Magazine, Science, Audubon Magazine, Outside, Earth Island Journal, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Smithsonian, and many more. He is also the author of the widely-acclaimed book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Ben holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies from Amherst College.

Join us for his lecture, Beavers in North America: Trapped, Valued, and Why They Matter. Beaver trapping was economically important to the U.S. and the West in the early days of North American colonization. “More than timber, cod, or any other natural resource, beavers help explain just about every significant American geopolitical event between European arrival and the Civil War,” Ben writes. But the consequences of losing millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of naturalists—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. Beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change, and also inspire us to learn to coexist with the other travelers on this planet.

Check out our full list of speakers and topics here.

Cost per lecture: $10; $5 members; FREE for high school and college students.

Purchase tickets here.

Thank you to the Good Food Store for sponsoring our lecture series!


October 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States