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  1. says:

    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 workThe language is often poetic but not high flown He describes the life on the prairies very well


  2. says:

    This book was a delight to read Reading this book unexpectedly inspired me to move from a life long casual interest in birds to learning about specific birds in the field in earnest I joined a birding group for the first time bought binoculars added a bird ID app to my phone dusted off my bird ID books started to keep a personal birding ID journal and attended group field trips In the past year I learned far about birds than my previous entire lifetime several times over It was like a new dimension had opened up in a world I thought I already knewHerriot's poetic and informative writing rekindled the fading embers of my passion for native prairie conservation into new flames of hope I became a member of the American Prairie Reserve and learned about the ambitious vision of the project I've bumped up the priority on a planned revisit to native prairie conservation areas like Grasslands National Park And I'm able to see the flora and fauna of the native prairie I visit daily near my home with new awestruck eyesI borrowed this book but plan to purchase my own copy It's a treasure that I will certainly read again I'm looking forward to reading Herriot's other books


  3. says:

    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 could well be the massive amounts of toxins sprayed into the environment including pesticides Herriot is clear though that these are tough connections to make outside of a laboratory and the historical drama he unveils points to a series of decisions made by European settlers that have led us to our current situationWhat separates this book from others on the human impact on the environment is that Herriot spreads the blame around including taking a healthy dose for himself and other environmentalists His point is that as recipients of the benefits of cheap food and a western lifestyle we are also complicit in its problems like the vanishing birds and cancer visited upon humans and we can also be part of the solutionThe writing goes from investigative journalism to poetic tributes to the wild creatures we share the earth with These are two difficult areas to meld but the book goes from one to another seamlessly It also manages to weave past and present connecting one to the other using birds as his vehicle Towards the end there are even some tentative attempts at solutions These are not set out as prescriptions but rather as shared thoughts with the hope that others will engage in the process of a return to wholeness This collaborative addressing of environmental ills without rancor gives the book a special tone and place amongst others of this genre


  4. says:

    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 ie 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 absolutely devastating Definitely a recommended read to anyone who likes birds or nature writing


  5. says:

    Herriott presents a collection of 18 essays grouped into four parts about grassland birds in southern Saskatchewan Canada though his message is applicable throughout all the grasslands of North America Following each essay Herriott includes a short profile about of one of the species that featured prominently in the preceding essay The book is extraordinarily discouraging with barely a glimmer of hope because almost without exception each bird species is in steep decline Despite the discouraging news though the book succeeds because it is honest realistic and well written Herriott also ensures that the reader is aware of nearly every living person’s complicity in the decline of these birds and the destruction of the planet’s native ecosystems; perhaps the only people he spares are those who grow their own organic food and live “off the grid” The book would have been enhanced with a map depicting the well traveled topography around the author’s house as well as a second larger scale map of the areas the author visits throughout southern Saskatchewan


  6. says:

    An amazing account of grassland birds and conservation from an angle I don't normally get to hear about I really enjoy the storytelling style of writing with each chapter but I wish that for a few of the chapters the accompanying stories were consistent and tidied up I absolutely loved how each chapter ends with a spotlight on a grassland species and the interesting facts that he puts with them


  7. says:

    Hang onto your hat You're expecting a glazed over naturalist read You're underestimating a sleeping giant This is an author we need to celebrate here in Canada Perfectly executed scientific prose Must read again and again


  8. says:

    Grass Sky SongA poetic and scientific look at the plight of our grasslands in North America and what is being done to help or hurt these areas


  9. says:

    Was looking for a great book on native fescues and prairies grasses Found instead a uasi spiritual book with highly political overtones Skimmed in a short time


  10. says:

    Wonderful book if you care about birds andor the environment here on the prairies Reuired reading


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