The Last Prairie: A Sandhills Journal

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 23, 2000 - Fiction - 242 pages

It is an area that has captivated and inspired travelers, philosophers, and artists for centuries. Long celebrated as one of the most visually stunning regions of the American landscape, it is also one of the most historically significant. And now, this vast, 25,000-square-mile expanse known as the Nebraska Sandhills is brought to life with passion, perspective, and ecological timeliness in an unforgettable collection by Stephen Jones.

The Last Prairie is an extraordinary triumph of the essayist's art. By turns graceful and penetrating, introspective and universal, ruminative and prescient, the 20 essays in The Last Prairie embodies the essence of Sandhills life. Jones delivers a series of riveting accounts of the Sandhills, flora and fauna, wildlife, and rich cultural history. Fascinating descriptions of bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and the annual migratory flight of a half-million sandhill cranes stand alongside equally vivid accounts of trailblazing homesteaders, range wars, and devastating prairie fires. Jones speaks eloquently to such timeless themes as humanity's search for community and the ties that bind man and nature.

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Reading this book is as pleasant an experience as actually viewing the tall, gently waving prairie grasses and pastoral scenes that Jones (Colorado Nature Almanac, 1998) describes. Each of the 20 ... Read full review


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Stephen R. Jones is the coauthor of Colorado Nature Almanac, Boulder County Nature Almanac, and The Shortgrass Prairie. Named by the National Wildlife Federation as one of ten "volunteers who make a difference," Jones works as a teacher and environmental consultant specializing in breeding bird ecology.

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