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summary Grass Sky Song ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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

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summary Grass Sky Song ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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

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summary Grass Sky Song ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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

  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Grass Sky Song
  • Trevor Herriot
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 9781554680382