Date of this Version
The Prairie Naturalist • 48(1): June 2016
Once again, naturalist and author Paul A. Johnsgard invites us to dance and chorus with cranes, and to appreciate their beauty and links to another species, Homo sapiens. A Chorus of Cranes is about natural history but also is a plea for conservation, which is a common foreword, prologue, preface, and/or epilogue of many wildlife books. It is vintage Paul Johnsgard text from preface to epilogue, words that emerge after a long wade through countless papers and reports, and a prolonged career of observation and reflection in the field. He has beckoned us before to cherish cranes and the natural world in his earlier works such as The Platte: Channels in Time (Johnsgard 1984a); Cranes of the World (Johnsgard 1984b); Those of the Gray Wind (Johnsgard 1986); Crane Music (Johnsgard 1991); The Sandhill and Whooping Cranes (Johnsgard 2011); and over 60 other books and numerous papers.