“In most places, a world without beavers is a world without water and the life it supports” (Glynnis Hood, The Beaver Manifesto, p. 5).
By: Stuart Wachowicz
For more than a hundred years, almost every Canadian 5-cent piece has carried the image of a 60-pound rodent. Some Canadians question why we mint a coin with a rodent, instead of perhaps a magnificent polar bear. Yet Castor canadensis—the beaver—prevails. It remains a symbol of hard work, tenacity and duty. So, what can we learn from this unlikely teacher?