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Field Guide to the North American Bison: A Natural History and Viewing Guide to the Great Plains Buffalo


Though the book is only 48 pages in length, it is packed full of very important and useful information regarding buffalo....This book was the most useful of the recent pile of buffalo/bison books I purchased. Biologically, the book gave me all the answers I sought. As a bonus, it included history and lore of the buffalo/bison of the Old West. If you're looking for a book to help you learn about these giant animals, something to help with a school report, or just a great field guide to add to your existing library, this is the book.
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Buffalo Wagons


For Gage Jameson, the summer of 1873 has been a poor hunt. A year ago he felled sixty-two buffalo in one stand, but now the great Arkansas River herd is gone, like the Republican herd before it.

In Dodge City, old hide hunters speak is awe of a last great heard to the south--but no hunter who values his scalp dares ride south of the Cimarron and into Comanche territory. None but Gage Jameson....

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American Bison: A Natural History

American Bison combines the latest scientific information and one man's personal experience in an homage to one of the most magnificent animals to have roamed America's vast, vanished grasslands. Dale F. Lott, a distinguished behavioral ecologist who was born on the National Bison Range and has studied the buffalo for many years, relates what is known about this iconic animal's life in the wild and its troubled history with humans. Written with unusual grace and verve, American Bison takes us on a journey into the bison's past and shares a compelling vision for its future, offering along the way a valuable introduction to North American prairie ecology. We become Lott's companions in the field as he acquaints us with the social life and physiology of the bison, sharing stories about its impressive physical prowess and fascinating relationships. Describing the entire grassland community in which the bison live, he writes about the wolves, pronghorn, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and other animals and plants, detailing the interdependent relationships among these inhabitants of a lost landscape. Lott also traces the long and dramatic relationship between the bison and Native Americans, and gives a surprising look at the history of the hide hunts that delivered the coup de grâce to the already dwindling bison population in a few short years. This book gives us a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America. Lott also dismantles many of the myths we have created about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. His portrait of the bison ultimately becomes a plea to conserve its wildness and an eloquent meditation on the importance of the wild in our lives.
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History: Hands On: Buffalo Hunt

Cowboys, Indians, huge fearsome beasts roaming the prairies, the excitement of the old west—all these are guaranteed lures to children. So get their attention off the incorrect scenarios they see in movies and on TV and focus it instead on the real facts in this book which are more interesting than fiction.
This exciting new series is designed not only to bring history to life for your students, these activities actually bring history into your classroom!

The fascinating relationship between the Plains Indians and the American buffalo is examined through games, crafts, songs, action rhymes, a puppet skit and other creative activities that involve children in discovering and understanding the truth of history for themselves. Children will work together to build their own model of an Indian camp, and they'll even get to taste some of the kinds of food the Indians ate. Teachers are provided with background information, source materials and resources.

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Bring Back the Buffalo!: A Sustainable Future for America's Great Plains

With a new epilogue Though the Plains have been in economic and population decline since the twenties, they are actually within closer reach of vibrant ecological sustainability than any other region of the country. This visionary book offers a constructive alternative to the decline of cattle ranching, depletion of underground water, and dependency on outside energy sources. It shows how bringing back the hardy, majestic bison and using the region's winds to generate power are keys to renewed economic and social health for Plains communities.

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The Great Buffalo Race: How the Buffalo Got Its Hump

After a futile race to the western horizon in search of rain and new grass, a hungry herd of buffalo is punished by the Great Spirit, Haweniyo, in an authentic Seneca tale about how the buffalo got its hump....A great childrens book about buffalo that incorporates ancient folklore.
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Thunder on the Plains : The Story of the American Buffalo


Ken Robbins tells in words and historical photographs the amazing yet tragic story of a magnificent and truly American creature: the buffalo. It is the story of numbers so vast, it might take days for one herd of buffalo to pass a particular point on the prairie. It is the story of a harmonious, balanced relationship with Native Americans who revered and even worshiped the huge animals that gave them almost everything they needed to survive. And it is the sad story of how, in as little as twenty-five years, reckless and wasteful slaughter at the hands of newly-arrived settlers drove the buffalo to the very brink of extinction. But luckily the story has a somewhat happy ending. The destruction was halted and the number of buffalo has risen again, although the days when a stampeding herd made a sound like thunder on the plains are probably gone forever.
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The Buffalo Book: The Full Saga of the American Animal

An very comprehensive, yet easy to understand book on the American Buffalo and its history. This book takes you through all of the trials and tribulations that the American Buffalo has gone through.
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Buffalo

Provides an introduction to the life cycle, physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of a plains bison.

This book is a must have for any Buffalo enthusiast or anyone who wants to learn more about the Buffalo.

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American Buffalo: Focus, Endangered Animals

A great children's book on the Buffalo. This is an excellent book to teach your children about the history of an animal that man has brought to the brink of extinction.
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Bison: Monarch of the Plains


More than any other animal, the bison symbolizes the American West. David Fitzgerald's stunning photos and Linda Hasselstrom's moving text present this awesome beast in its ancient and contemporary grandeur.

If you love the Great Plains and have a heart for the prairie, this book will delight you. The photography in here is outstanding. After working with buffalo earlier this year, this was a book I had to get. Some of the photos, including the cover photo, bring not only the sights but also the smells and sounds of the giant herds to mind. These photos are worth more than 1,000 words... because they speak to my prairie heart.

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Buffalo Nation: History and Legend of the North American Bison

The most complete exploration of the controversial cultural and natural history of the North American bison is now available in softcover!
The U.S. government and its army killed millions of buffalo as part of an all-out war against Native Americans in the nineteenth century. But the bison has been saved from the brink of extinction, and today stands for a system of wildlife conservation that is the most successful in the world. Discover the astonishing tales of a brutal war and the comeback of the century. Nature Book Society selection.

Valerius Geist is professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the author of nine books, including Wildlife Conservation Policy, Wild Sheep Country, and Elk Country. He and his wife live in British Columbia, Canada.

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Bison


Examines life and mating patterns in small populations of the continent's largest terrestrial mammal, employing historical data and new research conducted over a five-year period. Uses techniques of behavioral ecology to address important questions regarding the life of the North American bison.

An excellent book for any Buffalo enthusiast.

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The Destruction of the Bison : An Environmental History, 1750-1920

The Destruction of the Bison explains the decline of the North American bison population from an estimated 30 million in 1800 to fewer than 1000 a century later. In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, Andrew C. Isenberg argues that the cultural and ecological encounter between Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Great Plains was the central cause of the near extinction of the bison. Drought and the incursion of domestic livestock and exotic species such as horses into the Great Plains all threatened the Western ecosystem, which was further destabilized as interactions between Native Americans and Euroamericans created new types of hunters in both cultures: mounted Indian nomads and white commercial hide hunters. In the early twentieth century, nostalgia about the very cultural strife that first threatened the bison became, ironically, an important impetus to its preservation.
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The Extermination of the American Bison

When William Temple Hornaday wrote this text for the Smithsonian Institution in 1889, the thirty million buffalo that had once roamed North America had been reduced to a few hundred. Alarmed by this decimation, Hornaday--a hunter, zoologist, writer, and the Smithsonian's chief taxidermist--set out for Montana to collect specimens for preservation at the Smithsonian. One of the main results of his trip was The Extermination of the American Bison, a timely recounting of the history and destruction of the buffalo, and a landmark work in early conservation advocacy. Hornaday paints a vivid portrait of the buffalo's natural history, describing its distribution, habits, character, and "mental capacity," as well as the history of recorded encounters with buffalo since the sixteenth century. He then provides a haunting account of the animals' slaughter, lamenting the horrific destruction of almost the entire species. His final section describes the planning, construction, and reception of the Buffalo Group, his innovative museum display of six taxidermied buffalo that was intended to serve as both a scientific record of and a national monument to a nearly lost species. Hanna Rose Shell's insightful introduction emphasizes how Hornaday's appeal for wildlife conservation continues to resonate today. It also provides a unique window into a forgotten network of taxidermists, hunters, and animal preservationists that shaped contemporary conservation movements.
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Bison for Kids


A wonderful non-fiction book addressing all the basic aspects of the Bison. This is a great book for your curious children.
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Bison (Our Wild World)

At one time, there may have been as many as 200 million bison in North America. These wooly icons of the western plains are popular topics for kids to read about, and this fun book explores all the questions they may ask, including: How fast can a bison run? What is a wallow? Why do bulls bellow? When are calves born? How big is a herd? And many more.
This book features beautiful color photos and illustrations of animals in their natural habitat.
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The American Bison (Wildlife of North America)

Details the characteristics, habitat, and life cycle of the American bison...

After my summer in the prairie, I became interested in the American Bison. I had the urge to learn more about them. Subsequently, I found this book, and it is excellent! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the American Bison.

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The North American Bison

Gr. 4-6. A nice antidote to the books on endangered species, the Returning Wildlife series focuses on animals that have made a successful comeback from the brink of extinction. This volume considers North American bison, which roamed the Great Plains in huge herds until nineteenth-century settlers, hunters, soldiers, and "sportsmen" slaughtered them. The clearly written text discusses the bison's characteristics and habits, its importance to Native Americans, its near extinction, and the century-long story of its recovery as a species. The colorful illustrations, which appear on nearly every spread, include maps, period prints and photos, and many contemporary photos of bison. A glossary and lists of books, periodicals, organizations, and Web sites are appended. A good, concise presentation. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Buffalo: The American Bison Today


A vivid description of the life of the buffalo in each season of the year details its ways of courtship, birth, and winter survival. "Will make a useful addition to any library collection not only as a behavioral study of the American bison but as a success story in wildlife management and the return of an endangered species." -- School Library Journal, starred review School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
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Heads, Hides and Horns: The Compleat Buffalo Book


Although this book begins with explanations of the buffalo's origins and how it fits into the ecology of the plains, the focus of the book is principally on the relationship that existed between humans and the buffalo and how that relationship changed over the centuries as people shifted from hunting for survival to exterminating a perceived nuisance. Barsness chronicles this relationship in minute, fascinating detail, describing thoroughly the methods for hunting the buffalo, the myriad uses to which its parts were put, the roles the animal played in Indian myth and ritual, and the efforts made to preserve the animal from extinction. A thoroughly researched, amply illustrated, and well-written treatment. Frank Schroth, Technology Training Assocs., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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