Prairie: A Natural History

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Greystone Books, Oct 15, 2011 - Nature - 320 pages
"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


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"There are people who think of the prairie as boring, and it is hard not to pity them." Bergen's forthright and fetching celebration of America's grasslands sometimes feels almost as personal as it is ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Candace Savage is the author of more than twenty books, including thirteen on natural history and natural science. She is currently a wildlife columnist for Canadian Geographic. Her work has been honored by the American and Canadian Library Association, Children’s Literature Roundtable, and the Canadian Science Writers Association, among others. In 1994, she was inducted to the Honor Roll of the Rachel Carson Institute, Chatham College in Pittsburgh, in recognition of her commitment to raising environmental awareness. A resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, she has lived on the prairies for most of her life.

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