Beavers: Beacons of hope

These humble rodents engineer and maintain massive wetland complexes that create diverse wildlife habitat, protect water quality, lessen the impacts of floods, and offer peaceful spaces for reflection. Leila Philip’s critically acclaimed 2022 book, Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America, now a New York Times bestseller, explores these curious creatures and the humans who are learning from them.

Join VLT and local libraries in welcoming Leila Philip to Vermont for a conversation about how we can learn from beavers to restore the land we care about.

The talk will end at 8 pm, followed by book signing.  


Credit John Earle
white blond woman wearing glasses standing, with beaver pond in background

Leila Philip

Leila Philip
Department of English, College of the Holy Cross

Allaire Diamond
Ecology & Restoration Program Director, Vermont Land Trust

Michael Hibben, Director, Pierson Library

Jasper Oliver, Adult Programming Coordinator, Pierson Library


This event is perfect for anyone interested in beavers, wetlands, wildlife, and watershed health, book lovers, and anyone interested in writing and science communication.

If you cant make it: The event will be recorded by Mount Mansfield Community Television. The recording will be available to view on their website and YouTube channel.

Book discussions before the event

Join us for a book discussion, facilitated by VLT science staff and local partners, at one of these libraries: 

  • Jericho Town Library (March 21, 7pm)
  • Charlotte Library (March 26, 5:30pm)
  • Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol (April 2, 7pm)
  • Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg (April 10, 7pm)
  • Pierson Library (April 15, 10am)


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