There are many wonderful books on the natural and cultural history of the prairie. Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild by photographer Michael Forsburg provides such a vivid introduction that you may want to shift your travel plans from the mountains to the plains this spring.
And if you’re anywhere near Wray, Colorado, here’s your chance to witness the kabuki-mating dance of the Greater Prairie Chicken (pictured above).
The Land Library has thousands of prairie & grassland volumes, and in the next few weeks we’ll feature many more. Here’s a few devoted to the natural history of one of our favorite places to be. Read & explore!
Crane Music: A Natural History of American Cranes by Paul A. Johnsgard, The Prairie Falcon by Stanley H. Anderson & John R. Squires, Great Wildlife of the Great Plains by Paul A. Johnsgard, Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society by C.N. Slobodchikoff, et al.
and, just a few more grassland titles, from our Waterton Canyon Kids Library:
The Great North American Prairie: Stories from Where We Live, edited by Sara St. Antoine, The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands by Sneed B. Collard III, One Day in the Prairie by Jean Craighead George