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Summary Grass Sky Song

O survival In a narrative that is at once profound intimate and informative we meet passionate bird researchers and travel in the footsteps of 19th century botanist John Macoun the last naturalist to see the Great Plains in its pre settlement grandeur In the spirit of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines this arresting book fills the heart with. 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

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Grass Sky Song

Wonder and reveals that any hope for the endangered wildness in North America’s heartland depends on people making the right choices on farms in legislatures and in board rooms and even at the supermarket Beautifully illustrated with the author’s own drawings Grass Sky Song awakens our senses to the glory of all birds and calls for a renewed bond between culture and natur. 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

Trevor Herriot Á 5 Summary

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 cling t. 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


10 thoughts on “Grass Sky Song

  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

  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

  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

  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

  6. says:

    An amazing account of grassland birds and conservation from an angle I don't normally get to hear about I really

  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 politica

  10. says:

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