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Buffalo For The Broken Heart

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 0307430731
Genre : Nature
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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.

Buffalo For The Broken Heart

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9780375761393
Genre : Nature
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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.

Buffalo For The Broken Heart

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : UVA:X004562342
Genre : Nature
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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.

Equinox

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9780803234598
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

Wild Idea

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9780803286368
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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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"

The Contract Surgeon

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 0618087834
Genre : Fiction
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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.

Great Plains Bison

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9781496203021
Genre : History
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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.

Stolen Horses

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9780803233546
Genre : Fiction
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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.

The Indian Agent

Author : Dan O'Brien
ISBN : 9780803235885
Genre : Fiction
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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.

Prairie

Author : Candace Savage
ISBN : 9781553655886
Genre : Nature
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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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