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Prairie Facts

Prairie Bibliography


There are many books on Texas, grasslands, and conservation issues.  What are
the “core” books that someone interested in Texas prairies should own?  Below
are some of the recommendations from NPAT - books that we feel will inspire
you, teach you, and make you think - and rethink.

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook
Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait
Last Stand of the Tall Grass Prairie
Texas Wildflowers
Gardening with Prairie Plants
Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region
Native Texas Gardens: Maximum Beauty, Minimum Upkeep
Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas


North American Prairie Panorama
Larry Eifert
In five languages. Badlands Natural History Association, PO Box 47, Interior,
SD 57750, 1-605-433-5489

Prairie Art Jigsaw Puzzle
North American Prairie
1000 piece, 26x18, Badlands Natural History Association, PO Box 47, Interior,
SD 57750, 1-605-433-5489

Prairie Art Jigsaw Puzzles
Prairie of Days Gone By and Prairie Dog Town
150 piece each, 18x24, Badlands Natural History Association, PO Box 47,
Interior, SD 57750, 1-605-433-5489

Books and Booklets

An Introduction to the Tallgrass Prairies of the Upper Midwest
80 page booklet by The Prairie Enthusiasts. Send $8.44 (includes postage) to Alice Mirk, Treasurer, The Prairie Enthusiasts, 10052 CTH C, Woodman, WI 53827

Big Bluestem
Annick Smith

Bison Symbol of the American West
Michael S. Sample
Falcon Press Publishing Press, Helena, Montana, 1987.

Bobby Bluestem
Rhonda O’Grady
A Children’s Book on the Tallgrass Prairie. Pemmican Publications, Inc. Unit 2-1635 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2X OT1 Canada. $9.95.

Buffalo Sunrise: The Story of a North American Giant
Diane Swanson
1996 Sierra Club Books for Children, San Francisco.

Cacti of Texas and Neighboring States
Del Weniger
1991 University of Texas Press, Austin.

Dust Bowl, The Southern Plains in the 1930’s
Donald Worster
1979 Oxford University Press, New York.

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie an Ethnobotanical Guide
Kelly Kindscher
1987 University Press of Kansas.

Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States
Edward Knobel

Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies
Scott Collins and Linda Wallace (editors)

Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend
Fred B. Jones
1975 Welder Wildlife Foundation, Sinton, Texas.

Gardening With Prairie Plants
Sally Wasowski
Author’s Book Site

Grass of Trans-Pecos Texas & Adjacent Areas
A.M. Powell

Grasses of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas: A Pictorial Guide
Noble Foundation

Lauren Brown
The Audubon Society Nature Guides. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York.

How to Manage Small Prairie Fires
Wayne R. Pauly
Booklet published by Friends of Dane County Pars, 4315 Robertson Road, Madison, WI 53714. $4.

Know Your Grasses
Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Publication B - 182.

Konza Prairie A Tallgrass Natural History
O.J. Reichman
1987 University of Kansas.

Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie
Aimee Larabee

Life Among the Texas Flora: Ferdinand Lindheimer’s Letters to George Engelmann
Minetta Altgelt Goyne

Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Especially By the Shores of Silver Lake and On the Banks of Plum Creek

Manual of the Grasses of the United States
A. S. Hitchcock
Dover Reprint of 2nd Edition.

Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie an Ethnobotanical Guide
Kelly Kindscher
1992 University Press of Kansas.

My Antonia & O Pioneer!
Willa Cather
Her fictional prairie series about immigrants in early Nebraska.

Native Texas Gardens: Maximum Beauty, Minimum Upkeep
Andy & Sally Wasowski
1997 Author’s Book Site

Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region
Andy & Sally Wasowski
1997 Author’s Book Site

North American Prairie
J.E. Weaver
1954 Johnsen Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Northern Prairie Wetlands
1988 Iowa State University.

100 Native Forage Grasses in 11 Southern States
Horace L. Leithead, Lewis L. Yarlett, and Thomas N. Shiflet
1971. Reprinted in 1976. Agriculture Handbook No. 389, Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Prairie Grasslands
1992 A resource to supplement Alberta Education’s Junior High Environmental and Outdoor Education Course of Studies, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary, Canada.

Prairie Propagation Handbook
Harold Rock Available from Wehr Nature Center, 9701 West College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132 $4.95 each + $1.05 postage for up to 4 books + 50ยข handling fee per book.

Prairie Primer
Stan Nichols, Lynn Entine, and Eveyn Howell
1996 Extension Publication G2736 by Cooperative Extension Publishing, Room 170, 630 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 Call (608) 262-3346 for availability.

Prairie Restoration for Wisconsin Schools: A Guide to Restoration from Site Analysis to Management
M.F. Murray
1993 Earthkeeping Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, Wisconsin 53711 $21.10. A superb resource for students, teachers and parents with much application to the Canadian prairies.

Prairie Seedlings Illustrated: An Identification Guide
Lora Dittmer and Laura Jackson
1997 Self-published $4. Make check out to University of Northern Iowa and mail to Prairie Seedlings Illustrated, Department of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614.

Prairie Time A Blackland Portrait
Matt White
2006 Texas A & M Press

PrairyErth (A Deep Map)
William Least Heat-Moon

Prescribed Burning Guidelines in the Northern Great Plains
Higgins, Kruse and Piehl
1989 US Fish and Wildlife Service and Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State University, Box 2206, Brookings, South Dakota 57007

Project LS, Land stewardship and Lifestyle Decisions, Iowa Specific Environmental Education for Ages 10 to Adult
Mary Norton and Jay Norton
1992 Prairie Hills Farm, New Hartford, IA 50660, 319-983-2622.

Pronghorn, Portrait of the American Antelope
Gary Turbak
1995 Northland Publishing.

Restoring the tallgrass Prairie: an Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper Midwest
S. Shirley
1994 U of Iowa Press, Iowa City, Iowa.

Revegetating with Native Grasses
Ducks Unlimited Canada Box 1160, Stonewall, Manitoba R0C 2Z0. $15 U.S.

Saving the Best of Texas: A Partnership Approach to Conservation
Richard C. Bartlett

Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
George Diggs, Barney Lipscomb, Robert O’Kennon, Linny Heagy (Illustrator)
1999 Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Book Site

Texas Range Plants
Stephan L. Hatch and Jennifer Pluhar

Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide
Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller

The Changing Prairie: North American Grasslands
Anthony Joern and Kathleen H. Keeler (editors)

The Explorers’ Texas
Del Weniger
Two books: The Lands and Waters, and The Animals They Found.

The Grasses of Texas
by Frank W. Gould. 1975. A paperback edition entitled Common Texas Grasses, An Illustrated Guide is also available.

The Prairie Action Curriculum Activity Guide
Manitoba Naturalists Society.

The Prairie Builders
Sneed B. Collard III

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands
Stephen Packard and Cornelia F. Mutel (editors) An outstanding guide and reference - a must for any restoration effort in Texas.

The Vegetation of the Fort Worth Prairie
E.J. Dyksterhuis [dyke-stir-hys]
1946 Ecological Monographs, Vol. 16: 1-29, available from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

The Vegetation of the Western Cross Timbers
E.J. Dyksterhuis
1948 Ecological Monographs, Vol. 18: 325-376., available from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

The Prairie Garden 70 Native Plants You Can Grow in Town or Country
J. Robert Smith with Beatrice S. Smith
1980 The University of Wisconsin Press.

The Texas Blackland Prairie: Land, History, and Cu lture
Rebecca Sharpless and Joe C. Yelderman (editors)
1993 Baylor University.

Where The Sky Began, Land of the Tallgrass Prairie
John Madson
1982 Purchase

Wildflowers of Texas
Geyata Ajilvsgi.
1984 (1st edition), 2003 (2nd edition).

Wildflowers of the Davis Mountains & Sand Dune Country
B.H. Warnock

Wildflowers of the Guadalupe Mountains & Marathon Basin
B.H. Warnock

Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country
Marshall Enquist
1987. Reprinted in 2006.

Journals and Newsletters

Journal of Range Management
Bi-monthly of the Society for Range Management.

Seeding the Snow
A Journal of Women’s Writing and Artwork that Celebrates the Midwest Landscape. Web site.

Restoration and Management Notes
Published quarterly by University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Journal Division, 114 N. Murray St., Madison, WI 53715.

Roader’s Digest
Newsletter of the Office for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management at the University of Northern Iowa, 113 Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0293 (best roadside prairie restoration information publication available)


A Prairie Journey
A 20 min. slide show and written narration that introduces the natural and cultural history of the prairies and an overview of the prairie restoration movement. 73 slides. @$35 + $5 shipping per item. Make checks to: University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711, 603-263-7888.

A Prairie Journey
A 25 min. video, same content as the slide show above, but includes more images. Students narrate, play the background music and provide artwork. @$20 + $5 shipping per item. Make checks to: University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711, 603-263-7888.