The Beavers of Popple's Pond

The Beavers of Popple's Pond chronicles my relationships with the wildlife of Vermont, experiences accrued both as a naturalist and a wildlife rehabilitator. Featured is the family of wild beavers I have spent six years with, and whose lives have enriched mine in unanticipated ways.

From the back cover:
Tucked away in a remote stream valley in Vermont, a dynasty of beavers has nearly completed the restoration of the meadows and ponds that adorned this stream in the days before the beavers of a continent were turned into top hats. Willow, Popple, and their progeny begin the night’s work of dam repair, scent marking, tree felling …until a soft call alerts them to the arrival of the strange honorary member of their clan, this book’s author, Patti Smith. They scramble ashore and poke eagerly about her feet as she prepares to picnic and to record the events that transpire on the shores of Popple’s Pond. Through the seasons and through the years these records, transformed into interwoven vignettes, invite the reader to enter the world of the beavers and the other inhabitants of the wetlands. Meet Terrible Jack, the lonely moose, Henri the civilized goose, and the myriad small creatures that populate the night forest. The author, a native of this landscape, brings a naturalist’s eye and a compassionate voice to these stories.   After three years with the beavers, readers are invited to accompany the author to other worlds where different characters await.

Published by Green Writer's Press in 2014

Where has she been, this shining wonderment Patti Smith? She has been befriending a colony of beavers on Popple’s Pond and apprenticing herself to the marvelous creatures of the world. Here Smith tells her beguiling story with an uncommon wit, whimsicality, and devotion. I cannot say enough good things about this volume. It is heart-warming. It is magical, even spell-binding. It is beautifully written. This is a triumph of a book.

—JANISSE RAY, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground

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