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Born in Fargo, North Dakota, PAUL A JOHNSGARD is
Foundation Professor of the
School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
One of the world's foremost authorities on ornithology and bird behavior,
his thirty-four books include The Niobrara: A River Running Through Time,
Song of the North Wind: A Story of the Snow Goose (1974), Those of
the Gray Wind: The Sandhill Cranes (1981), and
The Platte: Channels in Time (1984).
He was educated at North Dakota State University (BS),
Washington State University (MS), and
Cornell University (PhD).
His recent book, This Fragile Land: A Natural
History of the Nebraska Sandhills (1995),
"is an extended love letter to the Sandhills region and its
people, plants, and animals." His primary interest is the comparative
behavior of birds. His field work has taken him to
North and South America, Australia, and Europe.
He wrote the script for "A Passion for Birds," aired as part of the
PBS Nature special "Cranes of the Grey Wind" (1990).
Among his many books
is a whimsical volume on dragons and unicorns, co-authored with his
daughter. He is the author, most recently, of
Prairie Birds: Fragile Splendor in the Great Plains
(UP of Kansas, 2001).