Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1991


Published in Great Plains Research 1:1 (February 1991), pp. 183–184. Copyright © 1991 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book provides an exceptionally thorough technical review of the ecology of both shallow and deepwater wetland systems within the prairie pothole region of the United States and Canada and the Sandhills region of Nebraska. The book developed from a regional wetland symposium sponsored by the National Wetlands Technical Council in 1985. It has been written to serve both wetland ecologists and managers, as well as people with a professional interest in northern prairie wetlands who may have but a limited background in wetland ecology. The book consists of 11 chapters that address key wetland components such as hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, waterfowl, mammals, fish, and food chain support with primary focus on the prairie pothole region. One chapter addresses the overall water and wetland resources of the Nebraska Sandhills. This impressive list of subjects could only have been improved with a chapter on the values northern prairie wetlands provide to shorebirds and wading birds.