The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Grasslands

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Addison-Wesley, 1995 - Nature - 266 pages
Tucked away in the far corner of remote northeastern Oregon lies the ruggedly beautiful Zumwalt Prairie - a seemingly peaceful land of waving grasses that has become a symbolic battleground in the war between ranchers and environmentalists over the use of our country's rapidly vanishing natural habitats. It is home to one of the highest concentrations of native buteo hawks in North America. Marcy Houle, a wildlife biologist and student, comes to the Zumwalt to discover what attracts and sustains the buteos in such startling abundance. What she finds could overturn all accepted notions on both sides of the land-use debate. Important, exhilarating, and even funny, The Prairie Keepers is compelling nature writing. Drawing together a wealth of anecdotes, both animal and human, Houle portrays an ecosystem of incredible beauty and diversity, as well as a model that can save the last of the native prairies for us all.

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Wildlife biologist Houle (Wings for My Flight, LJ 5/15/91) spent two and a half years studying the Zumwalt, a remote grassland in northeastern Oregon. Attracted by the large number of hawks in the ... Read full review

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Wonderful personal account of Marcy's study of the Zumwalt prairie in eastern Oregon. Full of rich biology as well as rich personalities as the author lived in and studied hawks/prairie for seven months. Read full review


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MARCY HOULE, a wildlife biologist andecological consultant, is the author of two other books, Wings for My Flight: ThePeregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock, winner of the Christopher Award and the Oregon Book Award, and One Citys Wilderness:Portlands Forest Park. She lives with her family on Sauvie Island, Oregon.

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