Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2005


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 15, No. 1, 2005. Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Few authors have done more to increase awareness of the history, ecology, and inhabitants of the Great Plains than Paul Johnsgard. Great Wildlife of the Great Plains follows in the tradition of Johnsgard’s Birds of the Great Plains: Breeding Species and Their Distribution (1979), Prairie Birds: Fragile Splendor in the Great Plains (2001), and Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife (2003). In Great Wildlife of the Great Plains, Johnsgard focuses on some of the most notable and characteristic terrestrial species in the region as well as additional species of conservation concern: 121 total species including 74 birds, 28 mammals, and 19 reptiles and amphibians. The book is written in essay style, accessible to the amateur naturalist but useful for researchers also. References are not cited in the text but included at the end. The same is true of scientific names, allowing the prose to flow smoothly without cluttering the page with parenthetical material.