Great Plains Book of the Month

Each month the Center for Great Plains Studies features one book as its "Great Plains Book of the Month." We carefully choose books that are accessible and on topics of interest and importance for our region. They may be on any subject, of any genre, published within the last couple of years; occasionally we may feature a book published by or written at the Center. Mainly we want to bring attention to what we consider exceptional works both to learn from and enjoy.


April Book of the Month

Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret

David Jachowski

Listen: Jachowski's lecture at the Center

Details: Biology, mammals, 2014

Publisher: University of California Press 

Review: Great Plains Research (FALL 2015 VOL. 25/ No. 2)

From 2002 to 2012, David Jachowski was a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a team that helped coordinate the recovery of the black-footed ferret. Once feared extinct, and still one of North America's rarest mammals, the black-footed ferret exemplifies the ecological, social, and political challenges of conservation in the West, including the risks involved with intensive captive breeding and reintroduction to natural habitat. By telling a compelling story of conservation biology in practice—its routine work, triumphs, challenges, and inevitable conflicts—this book gives readers a greater understanding of the conservation ethic that emerged on the Great Plains as part of one of the most remarkable recovery efforts in the history of the Endangered Species Act. Dr. Jachowski is currently an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University.

"In Wild Again, Jachowski does for the black-footed ferret and the Great Plains what Edward Abbey did for our deserts: illuminates their elegant wonder, exposes their secrets and rare beauty, and transports them front and center into our national conservation conscience." 
— T. DeLene Beeland, author of The Secret World of Red Wolves

Wild Again

Past Great Plains Books of the Month:

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains (Dan Flores)

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World (Paul Johnsgard)

Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930 (Karen Hansen)