Dam Builders

Dam Builders

The Natural History of Beavers and Their Ponds

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Few animals in the world are as famous or as infamous as the beaver, and none save our species has the ability to so dramatically transform its environment.

Beavers are remarkable animals. They have teeth that self-sharpen and never stop growing, and a heart that slows down and valves that close in their ears and noses when they dive. Their tail is the most multi-purpose of any animal on this planet; in addition to communication its many functions include serving as an air conditioner in summer and a food pantry in winter.

From mighty moose that glean sodium from aquatic plants to swallows that live in drowned trees and tiny butterflies that nectar in meadows where a pond once stood, myriad organisms benefit from the actions of beavers.

This book is a comprehensive overview of the lives of beavers and the habitats that arise from their actions. It is a visual extravaganza: approximately 400 photographs provide intimate insights into the lives of beavers and the inhabitants of their ponds and related habitats. Many new observations and rarely seen moments - such as beavers fighting - are documented in it.

Publisher: Markham, ON :, Fitzhenry & Whiteside,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781554553242
Characteristics: xxiv, 306 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour map


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
ontherideau Mar 10, 2016

This is about beavers and about turtles, frogs, dragonflies,otters,lichen and pond health. Every page encourages us to respect beaver habitat because it is so much more than for the beavers. Beautiful reading "Stoic guardians, they (dead trees) keep watch over the beaver's domain, a cloak of moss and lichen testament to their resolve. Only at day's end, when the sun's warm rays gently kiss their weathered frames goodnight, is their guard relaxed. The next morning the seeming lifeless skeletons awaken, and once again become the living dead."

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MPL

To Top