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The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands (Scientists in the Field)

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Barely a century ago a vast tallgrass prairie covered America’s heartland. Bison, elk, coyotes, and bear roamed this wilderness. Hundreds of species of prairie plants supported an explosion of birds and insects, including hundreds of kinds of butterflies. By the early part of the twentieth century, however, the tallgrass prairie was gone, its rich soils converted to farms ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 30th 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jenna Satcher
Dec 05, 2012 Jenna Satcher rated it really liked it
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1.This book belongs to the Informational/Non-fiction genre.

2.This book follows the scientists and volunteers at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge as they attempt to reconstruct a large area of prairie that was previously destroyed and turned into farmland. Using photographs, maps, and more, Sneed relays information about restoring the prairie, prairie flowers and animals, and the complexity and challenges of creating an ecosystem from scratch.

A)The photographs in this book are stun
Kathy Leonard
Apr 19, 2014 Kathy Leonard rated it really liked it
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Collard III, Sneed B. The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands (2005). The text follows scientists and volunteers on the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Prairie Learning Center. This science series is packed with information about the Prairie Restoration, prairie ecosystems, native plants and animals in the prairies of Central Iowa. This book discusses animals, insects and plant life that was originally found in this particular habitat. For various reasons, the animals, ...more
Stacey Borror
Dec 09, 2012 Stacey Borror rated it really liked it
Scientists in the Field Series
Genre – Informational

Pauline Drobney details her path on being challenged to recreate America’s lost grassland when Congressman Smith made it his personal quest to acquire land for a reserve. The challenge’s faced with locating the correct seeds and wildlife has made this an almost lifelong journey.
A) Information and visuals
B) The author of the book does a great job of providing balance between the written information and the visuals provided for reference
Oct 12, 2008 Cindi rated it it was amazing
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My seven year old checked this book out of the library. I offered to read it to him and he agreed. When I would say, "Do you want to stop for now?" he'd say, "No, I really like this, keep reading." We ended up reading it in three sittings and really, really enjoyed reading about re-establising prairie land in a national refuge in Iowa. Both of us really want to visit there sometime. It was great to hear about the whole process and how challenging it truly is to try to recreate something once it ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Tricia rated it really liked it
Good science, good writing, nice photographs. Good case study. Shows that ecological restoration is complex. Underlines that restored ecosystem is not as good as the original, but positive message overall.

Read this to see if it was relevant to a project at work - it is, so we will list it as recommended reading. It is part of a series called "Scientists in the Field" and I currently have a pile of those checked out, some as potentially useful to the project, some just because they looked intere
Annie Oosterwyk
I repeat, I love this series! I grew up with the remnants of WI prairies and many of these plants are in my gardens today. I think every school should have access to an environment this species rich. It is such a great learning tool. The book follows the process of reclaiming farm fields and converting them to new prairie. As the land shifts purpose, the wildlife returns and the ecosystem is regenerated.
Jun 12, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Engaging and informative. I think this book would really grab and inspire the curious late elementary or middle school student. Written well enough to be interesting for adults reading along too.
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Sneed B. Collard III is a biologist, world traveler, speaker, and author of more than forty books for young people, including Flash Point, Dog Sense, and Double Eagle. Collard holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Montana.
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