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A Bold Pack Of Ecological Engineers In “Beaverland”

Leila Philip and the cover of “Beaverland.”
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Leila Philip and the cover of “Beaverland.”

Beavers are crafty, consequential animals.

They have shaped the history of this country, they loom large in our legends - and they are engineering our ecosystem at this very moment, including in our own backyard.

Leila Philip writes about them in her recent book, “Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.”

Next month, Leila will visit Chattanooga.

On Thursday, May 18th, she will speak at The Camp House, starting at 5:30 PM.

The day before, she will be at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, for paddling trips on Lookout Creek to glimpse a beaver dam.

I spoke with Leila - and Mark McKnight, president and CEO of Reflection Riding.

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