A Naturalist’s Guide to the Great Plains


Author: Paul A. Johnsgard
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1609621263
Category:
Page: N.A
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Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains

Second Edition
Author: Jon Farrar
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 160938072X
Category: Nature
Page: 266
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From the mixed-grass prairies of the Panhandle in the west, to the Sandhills prairie and mixed-grass prairies in central Nebraska, to the tallgrass prairies in the east, the state is home to hundreds of wildflower species, yet the primary guide to these flowers has been out of print for almost two decades. Now back in a second edition with updated nomenclature, refined plant descriptions, better photographs where improvements were called for, and a new design, Jon Farrar’s Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains, originally published by NEBRASKAland magazine and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is a visual treat and educational guide to some of the region’s showiest and most interesting wildflowers. Organizing species by color, Farrar provides scientific, common, and family names; time of flowering; distribution both for Nebraska specifically and for the Great Plains in general; and preferred habitat including soil type and plant community from roadsides to woodlands to grasslands. Descriptions of each species are succinct and accessible; Farrar packs a surprising amount of information into a compact space. For many species, he includes intriguing notes about edibility, medicinal uses by Native Americans and early pioneers, similar species and varieties, hybridization, and changes in status as plants become uncommon or endangered. Superb color photographs allow each of the 274 wildflowers to be easily identified and pen-and-ink illustrations provide additional details for many species. It is a joy to have this new edition riding along on car seats and in backpacks helping naturalists at all levels of expertise explore prairies, woodlands, and wetlands in search of those ever-changing splashes of color we call wildflowers.

Wild Seasons

Gathering and Cooking Wild Plants of the Great Plains
Author: Kay Young
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803299047
Category: Cooking
Page: 318
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For nature lovers as well as cooks, there's plenty to whet the appetite in this unique field guide-cum-cookbook. Starting with the first plants ready for eating in the early spring (watercress and nettles) and following the sequence of harvest through the late fall (persim-mons and Jerusalem artichokes), Kay Young offers full, easy-to-follow directions for identifying, gathering, and preparing some four dozen edible wild plants of the Great Plains. And since most of the plants occur elsewhere as well, residents of other regions will find much of interest here. ø 'This is not a survival book," writes the author; "only those plants whose flavor and availability warrant the time and effort to collect or grow them are included." The nearly 250 recipes range from old-time favorites (poke sallet; catnip tea; horehound lozenges; hickory nut cake; a cupboardful of jams, jellies, and pies) to enticing new creations (wild violet salad, milkweed sandwiches, cattail pollen pancakes, day-lily hors d'oeuvres, prickly-pear cactus relish). ø Reflecting the author's conviction that just as we can never go back to subsisting wholly on wild things, neither should we exclude them from our lives, this book serves up generous portions of botanical information and ecological wisdom along with good food.

A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country


Author: Mark Gustafson
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 162349236X
Category: Nature
Page: 360
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In this guide, biologist Mark Gustafson introduces residents and visitors to the history, geology, water resources, plants, and animals found in the nineteen counties occupying the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau, the heart of the Hill Country. He profiles three hundred of the most common and unique species from all of the major groups of plants and animals: trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, vines, grasses, ferns, fungi, lichens, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. Color photographs are included for each species along with a brief description. He closes with a chapter on significant state parks and natural areas in the region as an invitation to visit and explore the Texas Hill Country. As large metropolitan areas continue to encroach on the Hill Country, newcomers are moving in and more people are flocking to its many attractions. This guidebook will enrich the appreciation of the region’s rich and unique biodiversity and encourage conservation of the natural world encountered.

A Naturalist's Guide to Field Plants

An Ecology for Eastern North America
Author: Donald D. Cox
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815607809
Category: Nature
Page: 158
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Here's the book no writer of murder mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure, true-crime, police procedurals, romantic suspense, and psychological mysteries, whether scripts or novels, should be without.

Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country


Author: David Williams
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762793902
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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Published in cooperation with Canyonlands Natural History Association, this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference describes more than 270 plants and animals plus geology of an area that includes nine national parks and monuments in the Southwest. A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country is the essential tool for exploring the northern Colorado Plateau, that vast province that encompasses eastern Utah, far western Colorado, and sections of northern Arizona and New Mexico. With this fully updated and revised guide in hand, you will gain a sympathetic understanding of the desert ecosystems that make up the region.

Land of Grass and Sky

A Naturalist's Prairie Journey
Author: Mary Taylor Young
Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
ISBN: 9781565794313
Category: Nature
Page: 160
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Across Mongolian Plains

A Naturalist's Account of China's "great Northwest,"
Author: Roy Chapman Andrews
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Asiatic Zoölogical Expedition
Page: 276
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A popular narrative of the second Asiatic expedition of the American Museum of Natural History, 1918-1919.

Mountains and Plains

The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes
Author: Dennis H. Knight,George P. Jones,William A. Reiners,William H. Romme
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300185928
Category: Nature
Page: 404
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Many changessome discouraging, others hopefulhave occurred in the Rocky Mountain region since the first edition of this widely acclaimed book was published. Wildlife habitat has become more fragmented, once-abundant sage grouse are now scarce, and forest fires occur more frequently. At the same time, wolves have been successfully reintroduced, and new approaches to conservation have been adopted. For this updated and expanded Second Edition, the authors provide a highly readable synthesis of research undertaken in the past two decades and address two important questions: How can ecosystems be used so that future generations benefit from them as we have? How can we anticipate and adapt to climate changes while conserving biological diversity?

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Day by Day


Author: Gary E. Moulton
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1496205294
Category: History
Page: 832
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In May 1804, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their Corps of Discovery set out on a journey of a lifetime to explore and interpret the American West. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Day by Day follows this exploration with a daily narrative of their journey, from its starting point in Illinois in 1804 to its successful return to St. Louis in September 1806. This accessible chronicle, presented by Lewis and Clark historian Gary E. Moulton, depicts each riveting day of the Corps of Discovery's journey. Drawn from the journals of the two captains and four enlisted men, this volume recounts personal stories, scientific pursuits, and geographic challenges, along with vivid descriptions of encounters with Native peoples and unknown lands and discoveries of new species of flora and fauna. This modern reference brings the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition to life in a new way, from the first hoisting of the sail to the final celebratory dinner.

A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia


Author: Loretta Shepherd,Chris Shepherd
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781912081905
Category:
Page: 176
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This easy-to-use identification guide to the 129 species of mammal most commonly seen in Southeast Asia (covering Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat, as well as interesting snippets of information about the mammals. The user-friendly introduction covers details on habitats, advice on mammal watching, notes on taxonomy and information on threats to the wildllife. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of Southeast Asia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status.

Great Wildlife of the Great Plains


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 309
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Provides an overview of 121 birds, mammals, and reptiles native to the Great Plains, organized by habitat with information on each animal's behavior and ecology.

Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains

A Natural History
Author: N.A
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803276185
Category: History
Page: 143
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A beautifully rendered reference guide to the Great Plains portion of the famous expedition through the American West highlights the explorer's remarkable encounters with previously undocumented flora and fauna as they moved through the Plains region. Original. (Biology & Natural History)

The Guide to Colorado Mammals


Author: Mary Taylor Young
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: 9781555915834
Category: Nature
Page: 275
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Outdoor enthusiasts and armchair naturalists will be delighted with the photos and readable text about Colorado's mammals.

American Serengeti

The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains
Author: Dan Flores
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780700624669
Category:
Page: 222
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America’s Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than two hundred years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write, “it is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals.” In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory—and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and ultimately a federal killing program in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Great Plains with its wildlife intact dazzled Americans and Europeans alike, prompting numerous literary tributes. American Serengeti takes its place alongside these celebratory works, showing us the grazers and predators of the plains against the vast opalescent distances, the blue mountains shimmering on the horizon, the great rippling tracts of yellowed grasslands. Far from the empty “flyover country” of recent times, this landscape is alive with a complex ecology at least 20,000 years old—a continental patrimony whose wonders may not be entirely lost, as recent efforts hold out hope of partial restoration of these historic species. Written by an author who has done breakthrough work on the histories of several of these animals—including bison, wild horses, and coyotes—American Serengeti is as rigorous in its research as it is intimate in its sense of wonder—the most deeply informed, closely observed view we have of the Great Plains’ wild heritage.

Chokecherry Places

Essays from the High Plains
Author: Merrill Gilfillan
Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
ISBN: 9781555662271
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 127
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In this new book detailing his travels through the American Great Plains, author Merrill Gilfillan continues to elucidate for us, and add to our appreciation of, one of the most ignored and misunderstood areas of our vast American landscape. Like few American writers, Gilfillan has a deep feeling for, and understanding of the western grasslands, which give both dignity and a deep historical sense to our sometimes forgotten heartland.Gilfillan's sense of the land encompasses the plants, wildflowers, and small creatures; the birds that he writes such wonderfully detailed descriptions about; the rivers, watering holes, and butteframed vistas; and, very importantly, the legacy of the Plains tribes of Native Americans who loved this land and fashioned myth and legend about it. By overlaying these myths onto the modern plains landscape, Gilfillan invokes a poignant sense of loss, yet we are also ennobled by the profound sense of the landscape that his vision imparts to us. Gilfillan is a tour guide like no other. His readers are given lovely, lingering descriptions of the overlooked and forgotten, the out-of-the-way and underfoot.

Compact Guide to Kansas Birds


Author: Ted T. Cable,Scott Seltman,Krista Kagume,Gregory Kennedy
Publisher: Lone Pine International
ISBN: 9789768200259
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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People new to birding in Kansas will enjoy this easy-to-use guide to common and notable species. Over 80 different birds are featured. Each account includes a color illustration, a photograph of the egg and extensive natural history.

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska


Author: Iralee Barnard
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780700619450
Category: Nature
Page: 246
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Profusely illustrated with 415 color photographs, line drawings, and distribution maps, this practical guide describes 70 of the most common central North American grasses within the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Flora of the Great Plains


Author: Ronald L. McGregor,Theodore Mitchell Barkley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 1392
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Grass, Sky, Song

Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds
Author: Trevor Herriot
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 144340084X
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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Published to wide acclaim, this beautiful meditation on the fate of grassland birds has been praised for its profound wisdom and lyrical grace. Herriot, in a narrative that is at once intimate and informative, argues for the essential nature of these tiny creatures. He invites us into the unique world of dedicated scientists, passionate naturalists and such historical figures as 19th-century botanist John Macoun, the last naturalist to see the Great Plains in its pre-settlement grandeur. Grass, Sky, Song is a blending of personal experience, history, philosophy and scientific research. Filled with evocative “sidebar” descriptions of threatened birds, from the sharp-tailed grouse to the chestnutcollared longspur, this graceful book demonstrates why Trevor Herriot is regarded as one of Canada’s finest non-fiction writers.