Paul A. Johnsgard


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Dr. Paul A. Johnsgard is foundation professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of over 50 books on natural history, including “Great Wildlife of the Great Plains,” “Faces of the Great Plains” and “Prairie Dog Empire: A Saga of the Shortgrass Prairie.” The biological diversity of the state of Nebraska, the Nebraska Sand Hills, and the Platte and Niobrara rivers have also been individually monographed. Johnsgard is noted for his wildlife drawings and photographs, and he is also a member of the Wachiska Audubon Society. For more information on the society, visit

His most recent (in-press) book is titled “Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient Voices over America’s Wetlands” (University of Nebraska Press). Many of his other publications are available at

A list of books he has written may be found at

He was named by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star as one of the one hundred outstanding Nebraskans of the twentieth century and often wishes we could return to that less complicated period.


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