At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species (Hardcover)
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Did you know that beaver ponds provide habitat for hundreds if not thousands of life forms?
Using their extremely strong teeth, beavers chop down trees to build a dam. The dam creates a pond that is habitat for everything from algae to giant moose. After creating the pond, the beavers build a lodge. The lodge is sometimes used by other animals besides beavers. Muskrats may live inside the lodge either with or without the beavers, or geese may build their nest atop the lodge. The dam itself is used as a bridge to cross the water by deer, ducks or any other number of creatures. The pond is home to numerous life forms. Lily pads grow in the pond and frogs sit on lily pads to catch flies.
Learn about the pivotal role beavers play in making all of this life possible. Gorgeous photos and inviting text make AT HOME WITH THE BEAVER: THE STORY OF A KEYSTONE SPECIES a must have for young naturalists hoping to learn more about the interconnectedness of life.
Other Books in the Series: AT HOME WITH THE GOPHER TORTOISE: THE STORY OF A KEYSTONE SPECIES.
About the Author
Ph.D. zoologist Dorothy Hinshaw Patent uses her scientific training to write books about the natural world for young readers. The author of more than 100 books for children, Dorothy is the recipient of many awards, including the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award, and the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award. Dorothy is also a member of iNK.Think.Tank.org, a nonprofit that offers videoconferencing directly between children's nonfiction authors and classrooms. Dorothy lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband Greg. To find out more about Dorothy, please visit her website at www.DorothyHinshawPatent.com. Michael Runtz is the author and photographer of the renowned book, Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and Their Ponds. Michael hosted the international television series Wild by Nature, authored and illustrated with his award-winning photos twelve natural history books, and has written more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles. Michael teachers Natural History and Ornithology courses at Carleton University, and has received numerous awards, including the Council of Canadian University Biology Chairs Distinguished Public Science Education Award and the Carleton University Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives with his better half Ann Mayall in Ontario, Canada.