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.
Peterson Field Guides: The North American Prairieby Ruth Carol Cushman, Stephen R. Jones
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
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 campingand 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 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.