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Prairie: A Natural History

by Candace Savage, Candace Savage

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | February 14, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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Told in the author''s distinctively enchanting style, this bestselling guide to one of the largest ecosystems in North America is now updated.

Authoritative, detailed, and scientifically up-to-date, Prairie: A Natural History provides a comprehensive, non-technical guide to the biology and ecology of the prairies, the Great Plains grasslands of North America. This edition has been updated to include a new preface, new information about declining bird species, enhanced protection of bison, the effect of industrialization on the prairies, and the effect of the increase in coyote numbers on red foxes and swift foxes.

Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are among the largest ecosystems in North America. Until recently, they were also one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today they are among the most altered environments on Earth.

Illustrated with spectacular full-colour photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings, this authoritative reference and easy-to-read guide is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the dazzling natural variety of the prairies.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 10.1 × 7.6 × 0.9 in

Published: February 14, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655885

ISBN - 13: 9781553655886

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Prairie: A Natural History

by Candace Savage, Candace Savage

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 10.1 × 7.6 × 0.9 in

Published: February 14, 2011

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553655885

ISBN - 13: 9781553655886

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Advisory Panel for Prairie: A Natural History Dr. Henry Murkin Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research Ducks Unlimited Canada Oak Hammock Marsh Conservation Centre Dr. John Janovy School of Biological Science University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska Dr. Dan Johnson Professor of Environmental Science Department of Geography University of Lethbridge Dr. Kenneth F. Higgins U.S. Geological Survey South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Douglas H. Johnson, Leader Grasslands Ecosystem Initiative Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center United States Geological Survey Jamestown, North Dakota Paul G. Risser, Chancellor Oklahoma System of Higher Education Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Dr. Richard Cannings, Consulting Biologist Penticton, British Columbia Dr. Sydney Cannings, Coordinator Nature Serve Yukon Yukon Territorial Government Whitehorse, Yukon Preface to the Second Edition: There is no way to hold back the future. But we can shape the course of events by engaging-fully, deeply, and passionately-with the present This approach is sometimes referred to as a strategy of "no regrets," because the work is worth doing now, no matter what happens next. Even now, seven years after the fact, I can vividly recall the moment when I wrote those words, read them back to myself, and realized that I was done. My book on grassland ecology and conservation, the impossible project that had occupied me night and day for so many years, was finally finished. At the time, my main em
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Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1: Where Is Here? Chapter 2: Digging into the Past Chapter 3: The Geography of Grass Chapter 4: Secrets of the Soil Chapter 5: Home on the Range Chapter 6: Water of Life Chapter 7: Prairie Woodlands Chapter 8: The Nature of Farming Chapter 9: Long-Range Forecast For More Information Appendices --Scientific Names --Endemic Vertebrates of the Great Plains Map Credits Index

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Told in the author''s distinctively enchanting style, this bestselling guide to one of the largest ecosystems in North America is now updated.

Authoritative, detailed, and scientifically up-to-date, Prairie: A Natural History provides a comprehensive, non-technical guide to the biology and ecology of the prairies, the Great Plains grasslands of North America. This edition has been updated to include a new preface, new information about declining bird species, enhanced protection of bison, the effect of industrialization on the prairies, and the effect of the increase in coyote numbers on red foxes and swift foxes.

Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are among the largest ecosystems in North America. Until recently, they were also one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today they are among the most altered environments on Earth.

Illustrated with spectacular full-colour photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings, this authoritative reference and easy-to-read guide is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the dazzling natural variety of the prairies.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

About the Author

Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. She is the author of the best-selling natural history titles Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies and Jays and Prairie: A Natural History, for which she won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and a Gold Medal from ForeWord Magazine in 2004. She is also a frequent contributor to numerous periodicals, including Canadian Geographic. She lives in Saskatoon, SK.

Editorial Reviews

"Prairie enthusiasts will love this comprehensive, non-technical guide to the biology and ecology of the grasslands of North America...This second edition incorporates new information about declining bird species, enhanced protection of bison, the effect of industrialization on prairies, and the effect of the increase in coyote numbers on native foxes. Savage includes a comprehensive list of connections and resources. The book is well-written and beautifully illustrated with color photographs and black-and-white line drawings.""
Niobrara Valley Habitat News
""Prairie: A Natural History is a heavy, lovely book, with impassioned prose and sprawling pictures. It’s easy to feel the author’s passion for the plains -- regarded by many to be desolate -- as she explores their richness and the delicate dance of animals, plants, and the local geology. While it’s easy to catch the author’s enthusiasm for this rich ecosystem, it’s equally easy to share her concern for the poor health for this endangered area, for its recovery and restoration. This passion is lovingly rendered in the almost poetical prose and a plethora of engaging images on nearly every page from the ever-shrinking grasslands.""
Sacramento Book Review
""Savage uses beautiful photography and captivating prose to portray these landscapes as the home of essential species and magnificent sights.""
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