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Peterson Field Guides: The North American Prairie [Paperback]

By Ruth Carol Cushman (Author) & Stephen R. Jones (Author)
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Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.24" Width: 4.54" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2004
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
ISBN  0618179305  
EAN  9780618179305  


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The North American prairie extends across eighteen states and provinces in the heartland of the United States and Canada, and many prairie preserves are within easy driving distance of large cities. This new field guide provides detailed profiles of 48 major North American prairie preserves and capsule descriptions of 120 smaller preserves. Each preserve profile includes practical information on what times of year to visit, how to get there, where to go hiking and camping--and even boating. Each profile also covers weather conditions and wildlife of special interest, in addition to the flora, fauna, and natural history of the preserve. More than 250 stunning color photos illustrate everything from scarab dung beetles and orchids to bison wallows and hailstorms.

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The North American prairie extends across eighteen states and provinces in the heartland of the United States and Canada, and many prairie preserves are within easy driving distance of large cities. This new field guide provides detailed profiles of 48 major North American prairie preserves and capsule descriptions of 120 smaller preserves. Each preserve profile includes practical information on what times of year to visit, how to get there, where to go hiking and camping--and even boating. Each profile also covers weather conditions and wildlife of special interest, in addition to the flora, fauna, and natural history of the preserve. More than 250 stunning color photos illustrate everything from scarab dung beetles and orchids to bison wallows and hailstorms.

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More About Ruth Carol Cushman & Stephen R. Jones

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! RUTH CAROL CUSHMAN and STEPHEN R. JONES have coauthored several books, including one on prairies and two nature almanacs. Jones, a teacher and environmental consultant, has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as one of ten "volunteers who make a difference." Cushman, a retired reference librarian, is an avid camper and hiker who has written widely for outdoor magazines.

Ruth Carol Cushman currently resides in Boulder, in the state of Colorado. Ruth Carol Cushman was born in 1937.

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A very good guide on where to find remanent prairie land  Feb 17, 2009
First, this not a normal field guide in the sense that it is an aide to the identification of animals or plants. Rather, it is a guide to to where you can find remanent and restored prairies in the Great Plains. The area covered stretches from Indiana to Montana and Texas to Alberta. The main prairie sites in each state or province are described in seperate entires.

Each site is described three to four pages and each section is broken into sub-sections: description of the site and major natural history highlights (usually about two pages), hiking, camping, best times to visit, information and how to get there, a weather summary and a short wild life list. I should add, there is a short list of other sites to visit at the end of each state or province summary. These other sites are described in a short paragraph.

The book has a very good essay on the ecology of North American prairies. It is very informative and well worth reading. There is also a summary of the most common wildlife and plants (with pictures) that you can find at the sites.

All in all, this book provides you with an excellent overview of the prairies that are left in North America. It is very informative and well written. The site descriptions are particularly good. The provide enough information to whet your appetite and ensure that you want to visit every site!

This book is a welcome addition to any field guide collection, especially if you are traveling the Great Plains. All of the major grasslands and national parks are covered, which makes this a perfect book to take along on your Great Plains natural history vacation! Enjoy!
 
good but could be better  Jan 12, 2009
There are great written accounts in this book, but more pictures would benefit anyone using this book from a beginning biologist to a seasoned professional. It may be better if the book was seperated into about 4 parts. Peterson guides are a good bet for anyone beginning, but I would suggest seeking this out in your local bookstore before buying on here because you may be able to get a lower price on this site, but you may not get the book you necessarily thought you were ordering with respect to the books content and ability to convey information in the manner needed.
 
Great depth & breadth of knowledge--Highly recommended  Mar 19, 2007
This Peterson Field Guide is an enormously interesting and valuable aid to exploring the North American prairie. The authors tell you when to go, how to prepare and what you can expect to see - from flowers to wildlife to artifacts to geological features - in 18 states and provinces. And they tell you about the history of what you're seeing: "Grass has been around for a long time, perhaps 50 million or 60 million years." So there is a lot of history out there - and this guide is full of its gems. In reading about prairie areas that I know well, I found the guide to be unfailingly accurate - while its great depth and breadth of knowledge were able to surprise me with a little something unexpected at each prairie area.

For instance, in the Comanche National Grassland, you'll learn about Colorado's Dust Bowl drought, dinosaur tracks, Lesser Prairie-Chickens, kites - and a river whose name changes over time from the Spanish "Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio" (River of Lost Souls) through the "Purgatoire" and sometimes ends up in the western cowboy "Picket Wire." In the Pawnee National Grassland you'll learn about a sign that quotes a long ago Pawnee chief who said "Grass no good upside down." In the 1930s farmers found out that he was right - this was land that would blow away in the Great Depression wind without the native grasses to hold it down. All these gems add up to a timeless sense of a timeless place - the North American Prairie. Highly recommended.
 
A Wonderful Guide to the Prairie  Feb 18, 2007
The North American Prairie is a wonderful guide for those who know the prairie and those who wish to. This guide focuses on 48 prairie preserves and includes a comprehensive and entertaining array of information, including the plants and wildlife of each area, its natural history, and its unique features, such as fireflies or wood lilies. It is illustrated with amazing photos that capture the singular beauties of the prairie, as well as a full complement of practical information for visitors, such as weather, optimal times to visit, and information on hiking and camping.

The book is beautifully written and filled with rich details. It is informed by a deep knowledge and appreciation of this varied and often under-appreciated area, and infused with poetry that makes this book not a dry guide but a living, breathing work of art as well as science. For example:

"Magic happens when, under a prairie sky, you are lulled to sleep by owls and awakened by meadowlarks."

This is an absolutely wonderful book and an essential part of any nature lover's library.
 
In some ways tells almost too much about the Prairies  Jul 15, 2005
I wanted learn something about the prairie system that once existed in North America and thought this book would be a good choice for doing that. I bought the hardcover edition because I had the idea that it would be a little more durable, it's coatpocket sized but be sure your pocket is well made, this little book is heavy(seems to be put together better than I'd expect for a paperback too).
The first 82 pages cover the area in general with sections on history, plant biology, wildlife and insects, and a short bit on Human life there too. Most of the pictures in the book are found in this first part.
The bulk of the book covers the various prairies in the U.S. and Canada with a chapter on each state or province (one small map for each). You'll get a short history/description of each major prairie as well as information on some of the plant and animal life to be found there. Directions are given for finding each place. Information on best times to visit, hiking/camping, weather and a phone number or two for more information are also given. In addition to the main prairies, at the end of each chapter there's a listing of, I guess, lesser prairies with not much more than phone numbers, a very short description and directions.
I would have liked more pictures of the individual prairies to get a better idea of what each one looks like, plant, bird, animal and insect pictures would've been nice too. There's so much information/territory covered here that your eyes can almost glaze over from looking at it. It might be enough to help you decide which one to go to on vacation but if you want more detail on a specific location you'll need to go elsewhere. There are 5 websites on page 496 that I haven't tried, they might be of some help.
 

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