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2003

 

 

Great Wildlife of the Great Plains. Paul A. Johnsgard. 309 pages, over 60 illustrations by the author. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. ISBN 0-7006-1224-6 (cloth). Price $ 29.95.

 

 

"Johnsgard writes of the birds, mammals, and herptiles of the Great Plains with authority, affection, and concern for their welfare. The writing is elegant and evocative, and together with his drawings, conveys the diversity of wildlife in the region with a wonderful vividness."

David Wishart, editor of the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains

 

A survey of the approximately 100 species of terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians) that are usually common in the Great Plains and are especially associated with this region. Appendices include a list of several hundred nature preserves and natural areas, an annotated list of about 600 Great Plains vertebrates, a glossary, and several hundred references.

 

 

2002

 

 

Grassland Grouse and their Conservation. Paul A. Johnsgard. 157 pages, 28 figures and 10 maps by the author. Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN I- 58834-039-2 (cloth). Price $34.95

 

 

No living author can rival Paul Johnsgard when it comes to the production of family monographs of birds. New Scientist

 

A survey of the six major types (species and subspecies) of North American grouse that are specifically adapted to grasslands, with special emphasis on their ecologies and declining populations. There is an identification key and a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

2002

 

 

North American Owls: Biology and Natural History. Paul A. Johnsgard.  298 pp., 42 color plates, 74 figures and maps. ISBN 1-56098-939-4 (cloth). 2nd. ed., 2002. $ 49.95. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C.

 

 An updated and expanded  survey of the comparative biologies and individual life histories of the 19 North American species of owls occurring north of Mexico, as well as 12 additional Mexican species. Keys to the genera and species of both Mexican and non-Mexican owls are included, as well as a key to variations in ear structures, and typical calls. Origins of scientific and vernacular names, a glossary of technical terms and a 900-reference bibliography are all included.

 

2001

 

 

Prairie Birds: Fragile Splendor in the Great Plains. Paul A. Johnsgard.331 pp.  59 figures, 12 tables, 3 charts.   2001. ISBN 0-7006-1067-7 (cloth). University Press of Kansas, Lawrence.

 

A survey of the 33 species of North American birds that have evolved in grassland habitats and are largely limited to them. The ecological aspects of living in grassland are discussed, and each species is also individually discussed. Nearly all these species are in serious population decline, owing to habitat losses. Appendices include a list of more than 100 major grassland preserves, A table showing the summer status of grassland birds in 37 parks and preserves, a glossary, and several hundred references.

 

2001

 

 

The Nature of Nebraska :Ecology  and Biodiversity. Paul A. Johnsgard. 402 pp.  56 figures and 10 maps by the author. 2001. ISBN 0-8032-2596-2 (cloth).  University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. $29.95

 

A natural history of the state of Nebraska, as represented by the nine major ecosystems that comprise it. Appendixes include lists of all vertebrates ad selected invertebrates found in the state, common vascular plants, a guide to the state’s natural areas and preserves, a glossary, and several hundred references.

 

2000

 

 

Trogons and Quetzals of the World. Paul A. Johnsgard. 223 pp. 40 color paintings  by John Gould (38), James D. McClelland (1) and David Reiser (1); jacket painting by John O’Neill;  35 maps, 20 figures by the author. ISBN 1-5098-388-4 (cloth). 2000. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. $49.95.

 

 

A world monograph of all the 39 species of trogons and quetzals of the world, including their comparative biology and individual life histories. Key to the genera and species are included, a list of origins and English vernacular and technical names, a glossary,  as well as a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

1999

 

 

The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. Paul A. Johnsgard. 398 pp.  50 color plates (45 photos , 5 paintings by Joseph Wolf);  68 figures, 24 maps by the author. ISBN 1-56098-8399-8 (cloth)  1999.  $55.00. Smithsonian  Institution Press, Washington,  D.C.

 

 

An updated (since the 1986 Oxford Press edition) and expanded world monograph of all the 49 species of the family Phasianidae, including the typical pheasants, tragopans, monals, peafowl and junglefowl of the world, summarizing their comparative biology and individual life histories. Key to the genera, species and subspecies (of males) are included, a list of origins of English vernacular and technical names, as well as a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

1999

 

 

Earth, Water and Sky: A Naturalist’s Stories and Sketches. Paul A. Johnsgard. 166 pp. 25 figures by the author. ISBN 0-292-74058-1 (cloth), 0-292-7059-X (paper) 1999.  University of Texas Press, Austin. $35.00 (cloth)

 

A collection of 19 essays, many previously published in Natural History or other national magazines, covering Johnsgard’s personal experiences with birds around the world. A list of suggested readings is included.

 

 

 

1997

 

 

The Hummingbirds of North America.  2nd. ed. Paul A. Johnsgard. 278 pp. 24 color paintings by James D. McClelland (16), Mark Marcuson (4) and Sophie Webb (4);  27 figures and maps by the author. ISBN 1-56098-708-1 (cloth). 1997.  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C. $49.95.

 

 

An updated survey of the comparative biologies and individual life histories of the 23 North American species of hummingbirds occurring north of Mexico, as well as 25 additional Mexican species. An identification key, a glossary of technical terms, a list of origins of scientific and names, and a bibliography of several hundred references are included.

1997

 

 

The Avian Brood Parasites: Deception at the Nest. Paul A. Johnsgard. 409 pp.  80 maps, 53 figures by the author. ISBN 0-19-511042-0 (cloth). 1997. Oxford University Press, New York. $85.00

 

A world monograph on the more than 100 species of facultative and obligate brood parasite in birds—those that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, and relay on those “hosts’ to incubate and rear them. These not only include the famous Old World cuckoos, but some New World cuckoos, the African honeyguides, some African finches, and several New World cowbirds. A glossary is included, as well as a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

1995

 

 

This Fragile Land: A Natural History of the Nebraska Sandhills. Paul A. Johnsgard. 255 pp. 47 figures and maps by the author. ISBN 0-8032-2578-4 (cloth). 1995. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. $45.00

 

A regional natural history, discussing the unique area of nearly 20,000 square miles vegetation-covered sand dunes in central Nebraska. Appendices include a geologic time scale, checklists of vertebrates and native plants, a seasonal bird list, and a list of parks and preserves in the Sandhills region. A glossary and extended bibliography are also included.

 

 

1991

 

 

Bustards, Hemipodes and Sandgrouse: Birds of Dry Places. Paul A. Johnsgard. 276 pp. 51 color plates by Henry Jones.; 39 maps and 53 figures by the author.  ISBN 0-19-857698-6 (cloth).  1991. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. $120.00

 

A world monograph of all the 13 species of hemipodes (buttonquail). 21 species of bustards, and the 16 species of sandgrouse, including their comparative biology and individual life histories. Keys to the genera and species are included, as well as a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

 

1990

 

 

Hawks, Eagles and Falcons of North America: Biology and Natural History. Paul A. Johnsgard. 403 pp. 39 color plates (37 photos, 2 paintings by John Felsing, Jr.).  59 numbered figures and maps, 26 additional drawings by the author. 1990 Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C.  Cloth ed: ISBN 0-87474-682-5.  Paperback  ed.: 11-5609-0946-7.  $29.95. 

 

A survey of the comparative biologies and individual life histories of the 31 North American species of hawks, eagles and falcons occurring north of Mexico. An identification key to species, origins of scientific and vernacular names, a glossary of technical terms and an extensive bibliography are included.

 

1997

 

 

Birds of the Rocky Mountains, with Particular Reference to National Parks in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. Paul A. Johnsgard. 504 pp. 42 color plates; 15 figures and 311 range maps by the author. ISBN 0-87081-150-9 (cloth) and 0-877081-152-5 (paper).  1986. Colorado Associated University Press, Boulder Reprinted as Bison Book paperback in 1993 by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln (ISBN 0-8032-7574-9). $19.95.

 

A regional ornithology, including the parks from Canada (Yoho, Kootenay Banff  and Watertown Lakes National Parks) south through Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Over 300 breeding birds of this region are individually discussed, with separate range maps and distributional latilong information. Species checklists of birds are also provided for these parks and dinosaur National Monument. There is a bibliography of several hundred references.

 

1982

 

 

Dragons & Unicorns: A Natural History. Paul A. Johnsgard. and Karin Johnsgard. 163 pp.  14 drawings by the authors. ISBN 0-312-21895-8 (cloth). 1982.  St. Martin’s Press, New York. Reprinted in paperback, 1993, Haynes Publications (ISBN 0-5171-1079-2). $9.95

 

 

A whimsical, metaphorical and allegorical account of dragons and unicorns, based on both actual historic mythology and newly contrived materials. Selected references.

 

 

 

1981

 

 

Those of the Gray Wind: The Sandhill Cranes. Paul A. Johnsgard. 116 pp. 27 drawings by the author. ISBN 0-312-80199-8 (cloth). 1981. St. Martin’s Press, New York.  Reprinted in 1987 as a Bison Book paperback, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln (ISBN 0-8032-7566-8).  $10.95

 

 

A life history of the sandhill crane, as told through the fictionalized stories involving the children of four American cultures, and covering four segments of American history, from 1860 to 1980. Many Native American myths and quotes are included.