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Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Facing the demise of the very creatures that he has always depended on for his sense of home, Herriot sets out to discover why birds are disappearing and what, if anything, we can do to save them. He takes us out to local pastures where a few prairie songbirds sing and nest, as well as to the open rangeland where doomed populations of burrowing owls and greater sage-grouse ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 18th 2009)
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Henry
Apr 27, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about the decline of birds in the Canajun prairies but not a pessimistic hand-wringing type. He has a vision of how farmers, ranchers, and consumers can work together to restore the grasslands of North America, using education, cooperatives, and just plain volunteer work.
The language is often poetic, but not high-flown. He describes the life on the prairies very well.
David Rudin
Apr 11, 2016 David Rudin rated it it was amazing
Trevor Herriot has crafted a rare and special book. It is part historical exploration and part modern analysis of our relationship with grasslands of North America and how that has impacted wildlife, especially birds.

As he explores the historical settlement of the prairie in Canada, with a focus on his home province of Saskatchewan, Herriot moves also through the present moment where grassland birds are disappearing and his wife is fighting breast cancer. The link between these two tragedies co
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Emily Crow
A Canadian naturalist's ode to prairie birds, Grass, Sky, Song is both informative and lyrically written. The book is occasionally a bit of a bummer (i.e., "this field was once chock full of wonderful birds, but good luck finding a pigeon here now!" type of writing), but then it soars into larger connections or a sense of hope for the future. I especially liked the chapters about the effect of pesticides, not only on birds and the natural landscape but also on human health--both poetic and absol ...more
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Jul 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous descriptions of the Saskatchewan prairie, and a thoughtful examination of the situation facing its birds.
Diane
Nov 01, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
Wonderful book if you care about birds and/or the environment here on the prairies. Required reading.
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