2016 Moonbeam Awards Winner Environmental Issues
Beavers Away! tells the true story of a game warden named Elmo Heter who solved a complicated problem in a very novel way. He devised a method to safely reintroduce beavers into a remote wilderness-by parachuting them from the sky! The relocated beavers were able to quickly restore the eroded and barren landscape and create lush habitat that provided food and shelter for many other types of animals. This remarkable story of Elmo and a beaver named Geronimo is significant today as we confront the effects of climate change and try to protect and conserve wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them.
Jennifer Lovett, a former art museum curator and art teacher, is a conservation biologist who lives in Stamford Vermont with her family. She learned about the amazing true story of Idaho's parachuting beavers while working on her master's degree in environmental science.
"This rousing story reminds us that beavers are not just the animal world's great engineers but its great environmentalists busy building buzzing wetlands season after season. I've lived near beavers my whole life and few sounds make me happier than that slap of tail on water this book will make you happy too I think." - Bill McKibben noted educator environmentalist and author of Wandering Home The End of Nature The Global Warming Reader and many other books about the environment