Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307430731

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden balls of wool,” O’Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half. Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he’s describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 037576139X

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 6171

Describes a rancher's efforts to make a success of his ranch, the Broken Heart, at the foot of South Dakota's Black Hills and restore the grasslands of the region by bringing back the buffalo to the Great Plains.
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Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 254

View: 7461

Describes a rancher's efforts to make a success of his ranch, the Broken Heart, at the foot of South Dakota's Black Hills and restore the grasslands of the region by bringing back the buffalo to the Great Plains.
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Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803286368

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

View: 9528

For more than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan OOCOBrienOCOs home. Working as a writer and an endangered-species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass-fed, free-roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region and reestablish the undulating prairie lost through poor land management and overzealous farming. In 1998 he bought his first buffalo and began the task of converting a little cattle ranch into an ethically run buffalo ranch. a"Wild Idea" is a book about how good food choices can influence federal policies and the integrity of our food system, and about the dignity and strength of a legendary American animal. It is also a book about people: the daughter coming to womanhood in a hard landscape, the friend and ranch hand who suffers great tragedy, the venture capitalist who sees hope and opportunity in a struggling buffalo business, and the husbandaand wife behind the ranch who struggle daily, wondering if what they are doing will ever be enough to make a difference. At its center, "Wild Idea" is about a family and the people and animals that surround themOCoall trying to build a healthy life in a big, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous land. aa"
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Life, Love, and Birds of Prey

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803234597

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 218

View: 7399

The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan O’Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves—falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity. He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry. Harley’s powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him. O’Brien hunts with her obsessively, reveling in her prowess and beauty. What he learns from her and from what happens one wind-driven day lead him to see fully things he had only just begun to glimpse. In this lyrical evocation of the grasslands, Equinox is a story of a life lived close to the natural cycles of the earth and of a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear.
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A Novel

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618087839

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 316

Dr. Valentine MacGillycuddy, a contract surgeon pulled from a prestigious practice to become a surgeon for the U.S. Army, meets Crazy Horse, as the two discover they had met once before, and they develop a friendship despite the war surrounding them. Winner of the Western Heritage Award. Reprint.
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 149620302X

Category: History

Page: 150

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A Project of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska Great Plains Bison traces the history and ecology of this American symbol from the origins of the great herds that once dominated the prairie to its near extinction in the late nineteenth century and the subsequent efforts to restore the bison population. A longtime wildlife biologist and one of the most powerful literary voices on the Great Plains, Dan O'Brien has managed his own ethically run buffalo ranch since 1997. Drawing on both extensive research and decades of personal experience, he details not only the natural history of the bison but also its prominent symbolism in Native American culture and its rise as an icon of the Great Plains. Great Plains Bison is a tribute to the bison's essential place at the heart of the North American prairie and its ability to inspire naturalists and wildlife advocates in the fight to preserve American biodiversity.
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080323354X

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 7431

McDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley-just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives. It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century. Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and something very different to those who are looking for a new life.
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A Novel

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803235887

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

View: 4669

Dan O’Brien’s earlier award-winning novel The Contract Surgeon introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse. Through McGillycuddy’s eyes, the novel recounts the friendship that so deeply impacted history. It also chronicles the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation’s history. The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon. After Crazy Horse’s death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux. Although Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, they have more in common than either suspects. They both love the land, and they both love the past. The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation come to life here in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as “the most investigated man” in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. Because he had lived on the vast plains with them, no white man knew better what the Sioux had given up—or understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life. Full of the dynamic history of the plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce—achieved, however, at an unfathomable cost.
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A Natural History

Author: Candace Savage

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

ISBN: 1553655885

Category: Nature

Page: 305

View: 3437

Told in the author's distinctively enchanting style, this bestselling guide to one of the largest ecosystems in North America is now updated. Authoritative, detailed, and scientifically up-to-date, Prairie: A Natural History provides a comprehensive, non-technical guide to the biology and ecology of the prairies, the Great Plains grasslands of North America. This edition has been updated to include a new preface, new information about declining bird species, enhanced protection of bison, the effect of industrialization on the prairies, and the effect of the increase in coyote numbers on red foxes and swift foxes. Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are among the largest ecosystems in North America. Until recently, they were also one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today they are among the most altered environments on Earth. Illustrated with spectacular full-colour photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings, this authoritative reference and easy-to-read guide is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the dazzling natural variety of the prairies. Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.
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Author: Robert B. Pickering

Publisher: Johnson Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 146

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The birth of a white buffalo calf in Wisconsin in 1994 inspired the author to research the historical, spiritual, and biological significance of the white buffalo. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
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A Falconer's Journey Across the American West

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 9781558214576

Category: Nature

Page: 196

View: 8420

Recounts the author's work with the Peregrine Fund, his two thousand mile journey following the natural migrational movement of falcons, and the behavior and history of the endangered American falcon
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Author: Charlie Quimby

Publisher: Torrey House Press

ISBN: 1937226263

Category: Fiction

Page: 365

View: 2356

Leonard Self has spent a year unwinding his ranch, paying down debts, and fending off the darkening. Just one thing left: taking his wife's ashes to her favorite overlook, where he plans to step off the cliff with her into a stark and beautiful landscape. But Leonard finds he has company on a route that intertwines old wounds and new insights that make him question whether his life is over after all. "Part modern western, part mystery, this first novel will appeal to fans of Louise Erdrich and Kent Haruf. Quimby's prose reads so true, it breaks the heart." —BOOKLIST, starred review "The Colorado setting and the author's simple style of prose perfectly complement the complexity of the human spirit in this superb debut." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Monument Road is so rich with landscape, character and event that such a small telling cannot begin to do it justice. Read this exquisite story; it is a joy and a wonder and a tour de force of authorship." —SHELF AWARENESS "Quimby’s storytelling, his humane impulses and his lyrical passages on the meaning of love and time, and on the history, geology and botany of the region, will surely impress readers." —MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE "Quimby uses words as spare as Colorado’s landscape to describe characters who range from endearing to crusty, wise to foolish, spiritual to downright evil. The folks who live near Monument Road aren’t just descriptions in a book; they’re complex people readers will care about." —FOREWORD REVIEWS "Not to be overlooked is the love, humor and friendship among pain and loss, which makes it a book far more about the richness of life than the finality of death." —GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL "Monument Road is a wonderful novel full of wit and wisdom, generosity and malice." —GRAND JUNCTION FREE PRESS "Quimby’s writing is sensitive and graceful; he has a talent for revealing slowly blossoming characters who are beautifully flawed and realistic." —THE DESERET NEWS "While not exactly a happy novel, Monument Road is beautiful and real, full of landscape imagery of the American Southwest as a poignant and sometimes haunting metaphor of our connections to the land." —15 BYTES "This is a novel with size and scope and generosity, with an acute understanding of human nature and a deep appreciation for the ways people face change and work out their lives in relation to each other." —KENT MEYERS, author of Twisted Tree and The Work of Wolves "In prose that might have been chiseled from the magnificent landscape he describes, Charlie Quimby has written a great big American Novel. Full of pathos and humor and sadness, you won't reach the end of this book without feeling fuller and wiser. What a gift Charlie has given us." —PETER GEYE, author of The Lighthouse Road and Safe from the Sea "Monument Road is a legitimate modern western, complete with an impressively authentic and aging rancher, heartache, ghosts, low-lifes, a rural landscape undergoing radical transformation, a glut of evangelical churches, and the ancient, powerful cliffs and mesas that surround it all, in southwestern Colorado. The narrative is likewise unpredictable and wild! A pleasure to read." —BONNIE NADZAM, author of Lamb
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Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation

Author: Elizabeth Letts

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345521099

Category: History

Page: 338

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Traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting how the farmer discovered Snowman's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's thoroughbreds.
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Memory, Place and the Senses

Author: Christine Berberich,Neil Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317184718

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 9021

Bringing together a diverse group of scholars representing the fields of cultural and literary studies, cultural politics and history, creative writing and photography, this collection examines the different ways in which human beings respond to, debate and interact with landscape. How do we feel, sense, know, cherish, memorise, imagine, dream, desire or even fear landscape? What are the specific qualities of experience that we can locate in the spaces in and through which we live? While the essays most often begin with the broadly literary - the memoir, the travelogue, the novel, poetry - the contributors approach the topic in diverse and innovative ways. The collection is divided into five sections: ’Peripheral Cultures’, dealing with dislocation and imagined landscapes'; ’Memory and Mobility’, concerning the road as the scene of trauma and movement; ’Suburbs and Estates’, contrasting American and English spaces; ’Literature and Place’, foregrounding the fluidity of the fictional and the real and the human and nonhuman; and finally, ’Sensescapes’, tracing the sensory response to landscape. Taken together, the essays interrogate important issues about how we live now and might live in the future.
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The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West

Author: R. D. Rosen

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587306

Category: Nature

Page: 242

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A sprawling suburban house in Santa Fe is not the kind of home where a buffalo normally roams, but Veryl Goodnight and Roger Brooks are not your ordinary animal lovers. Over a hundred years after Veryl’s ancestors, Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight, hand-raised two baby buffalo to help save the species from extinction, the sculptor and her husband adopt an orphaned buffalo calf of their own. Against a backdrop of the old American West, A Buffalo in the House tells the story of a household situation beyond any sitcom writer’s wildest dreams. Charlie has no idea he’s a buffalo and Roger has no idea just how strong the bond between man and buffalo can be. In the historical shadow of the near-extermination of a majestic and misunderstood animal, Roger sets out to save just one buffalo. Written in the tradition of Ian Frazier’s Great Plains and the work of Garrison Keillor and Bill Bryson, A Buffalo in the House tells an important, uplifting story about one animal’s ability to touch human lives and reconnect people of all ages to the vanished past.
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A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6042

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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Author: John E. Carroll

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791484580

Category: Religion

Page: 191

View: 936

Argues that true sustainability must be based in spirituality and looks at religious communities dedicated to the environment. This groundbreaking book explores the inherent interconnectedness of sustainability and spirituality, acknowledging the dependency of one upon the other. John E. Carroll contends that true ecological sustainability, in contrast to the cosmetic attempts at sustainability we see around us, questions our society's fundamental values and is so countercultural that it is resisted by anyone without a spiritual belief in something deeper than efficiency, technology, or economics. Carroll draws on the work of cultural historian and "geologian" Thomas Berry, whose eco-spiritual thought underlies many of the sustainability efforts of communities described in this book, including particular branches of Catholic religious orders and the loosely organized Sisters of the Earth. The writings of Native Americans on spirituality and ecology are also highlighted. These models for sustainability not only represent the tangible link between ecology and spirituality, but also, more importantly, a vision of what could be. “…a useful documentation of some contemporary and truly radical counter-cultural models.” — Missiology “John Carroll has written a thought-provoking and important book. Carroll … shows that individuals and groups who have a strong spiritual connection to the earth often have a very high level of commitment to ecology … he explores specific principles and practices of sustainability within religious communities, which can serve as useful models for broader application within our society.” — Academia "Carroll begins his journey looking for examples of environmental sustainability, and I think he has found them—more convincing examples than people who have looked in more obvious and secular places. But along the way he has found something related, and just as important: examples of human sustainability, hints about ways that we might reshape our attitudes as compellingly as our kitchens and gardens and boilers." — from the Foreword by Bill McKibben "Carroll clearly addresses a key topic for those interested in the relationship between ecology and ethics, and makes clear that sustainability is not possible without a deep change of values and commitment to a lifestyle. It cannot be achieved simply as an expression of economic functionality nor as an expression of ideology alone." — Rosemary Radford Ruether, coeditor of Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
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A Sustainable Future For America's Great Plains

Author: Ernest Callenbach

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597268836

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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In Bring Back the Buffalo!, Ernest Callenbach argues that the return of the bison is the key to a sustainable future for the Great Plains. Vast stretches of the region have seen a steady decline in population and are ill-suited for traditional agriculture or cattle ranching. Yet those same areas provide ideal habitat for bison. Callenbach explores the past history, present situation, and future potential of bison in North America as he examines what can and should be done to re-establish bison as a significant presence in the American landscape. He looks forward with high hopes to a time when vast herds of buffalo provide permanent sustenance to the rural inhabitants of the Great Plains and again play a central role in the balance of nature.
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

View: 6511

When Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Margaret Adamson comes to South Dakota to approve the development at Brendan Prairie, she meets Bill Malone, a falconer turned professor, but as they renew their relationship, and he returns to falconry and confronts t
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