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A field guide to the North American prairie
Jones, Stephen R., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Physical Description:
xii, 510 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute."

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QH102 .J54 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Table of Contents

Map of Area Coveredp. ii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I. Ecology of the North American Prairie Regionp. 7
Evolving Prairiep. 9
Plantsp. 22
Wildlifep. 41
Human Impactsp. 67
Part II. Where to See the Prairiep. 83
United States
Coloradop. 84
Comanche National Grasslandp. 86
Pawnee National Grasslandp. 93
Other Colorado Sitesp. 100
Illinoisp. 102
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Areap. 104
Nachusa Grasslandsp. 110
Other Illinois Sitesp. 116
Iowap. 118
Broken Kettle Grasslands Preservep. 120
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refugep. 126
Other Iowa Sitesp. 132
Kansasp. 134
Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Areap. 136
Cimmaron National Grasslandp. 143
Konza Prairiep. 149
Tallgrass Prairie National Preservep. 155
Other Kansas Sitesp. 162
Minnesotap. 164
Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Areap. 166
Pipestone Quarry National Monument and Blue Mounds State Parkp. 172
Wallace C. Dayton Conservation and Wildlife Areap. 177
Other Minnesota Sitesp. 184
Missourip. 186
Prairie State Parkp. 188
Wah' Kon-Tah Prairiep. 195
Other Missouri Sitesp. 201
Montanap. 204
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monumentp. 206
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refugep. 213
Other Montana Sitesp. 220
Nebraskap. 222
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refugep. 224
Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuaryp. 231
Niobrara Valley Preservep. 238
Oglala National Grasslandp. 244
Valentine National Wildlife Refugep. 251
Other Nebraska Sitesp. 257
New Mexicop. 260
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refugep. 262
Capulin Volcano National Monumentp. 269
Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslandsp. 275
Other New Mexico Sitesp. 282
North Dakotap. 284
Cross Ranch State Park and Cross Ranch Nature Preservep. 286
Little Missouri National Grassland and Theodore Roosevelt National Parkp. 292
Lostwood and Des Lacs National Wildlife Refugesp. 300
Sheyenne National Grassland and Brown Ranch and Pigeon Point Preservesp. 308
Other North Dakota Sitesp. 316
Oklahomap. 318
Tallgrass Prairie Preservep. 320
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refugep. 327
Other Oklahoma Sitesp. 334
South Dakotap. 336
Badlands National Parkp. 338
Buffalo Gap National Grasslandp. 345
Fort Pierre National Grasslandp. 352
Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslandsp. 358
Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Parkp. 365
Other South Dakota Sitesp. 373
Texasp. 376
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Lake Meredith National Recreation Areap. 378
Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslandsp. 384
Muleshoe and Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refugesp. 390
Other Texas Sitesp. 397
Wisconsinp. 400
Chiwaukee Prairiep. 402
Other Wisconsin Sitesp. 408
Wyomingp. 410
Thunder Basin National Grasslandp. 412
Other Wyoming Sitesp. 418
Albertap. 420
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jumpp. 422
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Parkp. 427
Other Alberta Sitesp. 433
Manitobap. 434
Birds Hill Provincial Parkp. 436
Manitoba Tallgrass Prairie Preservep. 442
Other Manitoba Sitesp. 450
Saskatchewanp. 452
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Parkp. 454
Grasslands National Parkp. 461
Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Areap. 468
Other Saskatchewan Sitesp. 474
Appendix I. Prairie Preserves in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontariop. 477
Appendix II. Common and Scientific Names of Plants Mentioned in Textp. 480
Referencesp. 488
Indexp. 497