Johnsgard begins with the tragic history of the heath hen, which became extinct in 1932. He devotes a chapter each to the greater and lesser prairie-chickens, greater and Gunnison sage-grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse. Johnsgard argues that habitat loss and excessive hunting are major factors contributing to the decline of each species, particularly the lesser prairie-chicken and the Gunnison sage-grouse, which have been proposed for threatened federal status.
This narrative history is troubling but not without hope. Johnsgard discusses places where populations exist that have yet to be preserved, and outlines the steps necessary to conserve these species. A possible future does exist for grassland grouse, and Johnsgard's book points the way toward securing it.
|Publisher:||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.24(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.76(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1. Only the Silence Persists: The Heath Hen and New England's Scrub Oak Barrens Chapter 2 2. A Last Stand in Texas: The Attwater's Prairie-Chicken and the Gulf Coast Prairies Chapter 3 3. Fading Footprints in the Sand: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken and the Sand Shinnery Grasslands Chapter 4 4. A Drumming at First Light: The Interior Greater Prairie-Chicken and the Tallgrass Prairies Chapter 5 5. Dawn Dancers on Dun Grass: The Sharp-Tailed Grouse and the Northern Prairies and Shrublands Chapter 6 6. Dark Shadows in Silver Sage: Enigmatic Grouse of the Sagebrush Steppes Chapter 7 7. Can the Fabric Be Mended and the Pieces Preserved? Chapter 8 Identification Key to the North American Prairie Grouse