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The Ecological Buffalo: On the Trail of a Keystone Species

Nature Saskatchewan is proud to have financially supported this amazing publication. Based on Wes Olson's thirty-five years of working intimately with bison & featuring Johane Janelles's stunning photography, The Ecological Buffalo is a story that takes the reader on a journey to understand the myriad connections this keystone species has with the Great Plains.

The mere mention of the buffalo instantly brings to mind the vast herds that once roamed the North American continent, and few wild animals captivate our imaginations as much as the buffalo do. Once numbering in the tens of millions, these magnificent creatures played a significant role in structuring the varied ecosystems they occupied. With the arrival of Europeans and their rapacious capacity for wildlife destruction, the buffalo was all but exterminated. And with them went all the intricate food webs, the trophic cascades, and the interspecies relationships that had evolved over thousands of years.
Despite this brush with extinction, the buffalo survived, and isolated populations are slowly recovering. As this recovery proceeds, the relationships the animals once had with thousands of species are being re-established in a remarkable process of ecological healing. The intricacy of those restored relationships is the subject of this book.
The Ecological Buffalo: On the Trail of a Keystone Species is now available through the Nature Saskatchewan online store or by contacting the Nature Saskatchewan office at (1-800-667-4668).

ISBN 9780889778719
10.875” × 10”, 180 full colour photographs, 60 illustrations



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