From Prairie Fires to Caring for Family Pets

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10-Oct-2012 Newsletter article

Fall 2012 Faculty Author Book Talk

Tuesday, Oct 30, 3 pm, Parks 192

Julie Courtwright,
Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History

Prairie fires have always been a spectacular and dangerous part of the Great Plains. Nineteenth-century settlers sometimes lost their lives to uncontrolled blazes, and today ranchers such as those in the Flint Hills of Kansas manage the grasslands through controlled burning. Even small fires, overlooked by history, changed lives--destroyed someone's property, threatened someone's safety, or simply made someone catch their breath because of their astounding beauty.

Julie Courtwright, who was born and raised in the tallgrass prairie of Butler County, Kansas, knows prairie fires well. In this first comprehensive environmental history of her subject, Courtwright vividly recounts how fire--setting it, fighting it, watching it, fearing it--has bound Plains people to each other and to the prairies themselves for centuries. She traces the history of both natural and intentional fires from Native American practices to the current use of controlled burns as an effective land management tool, along the way sharing the personal accounts of people whose lives have been touched by fire. The book ranges from Texas to the Dakotas and from the 1500s to modern times. (Excerpt - description from Amazon)

Radford G. Davis.
Caring for Family Pets

This book is written by top animal health experts to explain our roles, rights, and health care challenges when bringing animals into our homes. Topics such as health, first aid, companion animal diseases, common surgeries, and alternative care for pets are all addressed. Information is also provided about pet birds, large pets such as horses, exotics such as snakes and reptiles, and "pocket pets" such as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rats.

Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, is associate professor of public health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Davis consults, teaches, and leads training programs in the areas of zoonosis, bioterrorism, and public health and has several publications in these same fields. His published works include the article "Agricultural Bioterrorism" and the chapter "Agro-terrorism: Need for Awareness" within the book Perspectives in World Food and Agriculture 2004. (Excerpt - description from Amazon)

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