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ISBN: 0312451245
Author: John Janovy
Language: English
Publisher: St Martins Pr; Edition Not Stated edition (March 1, 1980)
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
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To learn from nature, not about nature, was the imperative that took John Janovy Jr. and his students into the sandhills, marshes, grasslands, canyons, lakes, and streams of Keith County in western Nebraska. The biologist explores the web of interrelationships among land, animals, and human beings. Even termites, snails, and barn swallows earn respect and assume significance in the overall scheme of things.

Janovy's earlier Keith County Journal "met with astonishing success, and . John Janovy "has produced his best book. Back in Keith County returns to the part of Nebraska that Mr. Janovy knows and loves.

Back in Keith County returns to the part of Nebraska that Mr. He gives us a superb example of nature writing and of life in the Great Plains, perhaps surpassing such admired works in the genre as Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and William Warner's Beautiful Swimmers.

This item:Back in Keith County by John Janovy J. From Library Journal. This trio was first published in 1982, 1979, and 1986, respectively.

Three books by biologist Janovy offer intimate looks at the natural world and the web of relationships among living things. Keith County (LJ 1/15/79) and its Back in sequel (LJ 3/1/82) both cover the author's observations on plant and animal life in the fields and marshes of Keith County, NE.

Keith County Journal was originally published in 1978 by St. Martin's Press, and has been re-issued in paperback by the University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484. KCJ received excellent publicity in the national media, subsequently sold well, and was, of course, a very hard act to follow.

According to John Janovy Jr. in Keith County Journal, the long-billed curlew is "a mystery bird, the kind of bird that might appear in a Disney real-life adventure film, the kind of bird that makes films like these successful, because it is so far outside the daily experience of every person.

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Keith County is a county in the . As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 8,368  . John Janovy Jr. "Keith County Journal" St. Martin's Press (1978). As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 8,368 In the Nebraska license plate system, Keith County is represented by the prefix 68 (it had the number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922). "Yellowlegs: A Migration of the Mind" Houghton Mifflin Company (1980). "Back in Keith County" University of Nebraska Press (1982). Places adjacent to Keith County, Nebraska.

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Each chapter is an essay on some aspect of life in the Sand Hills, often connected to the author's trials with his university or other human institutions, often dam builders, stream diverters, highway folks, boaters, hunters. As usual, some chapters are much more interesting than the others. I liked the parts about curlews and malaria the best. He has a strong and distinctive voice that sounds like a lot of zoologists i have met. Botanists just don't have the same attitude, somehow.
John Janovy captures the excitement of biological field research in his "own back yard". This classic, "Keith County Journal", details the work he and his students did on parasitology in his home state of Nebraska; a state that does not immediately conjure up images of great scientific discovery. This is a great pity because many fundamental discoveries can be made without traveling to the Amazon or Antarctica. In fact a researcher can spend some very fruitful time in such places as mud holes and stock tanks, as well as others, such as agricultural fields. Barbara McClintock, for example, won a Nobel Prize by studying corn in her own research plots and Jean Henri Fabre wrote a whole series of very well-known books on the insect life found mostly on his home "harmas" of about one hectare.

While he and his students scrounge through ponds to look for snail and bird parasites, Janovy was also busy making drawings and paintings of birds. Not wonderful paintings, but certainly reasonable ones. In this he joins with a large number of natural scientists/naturalists/artists who have utilized art as a vehicle for observation. Indeed, Janovy makes a very good case for such observation as a basis for field biology.

This is not just a book for biology wonks, but will also give the general reader a taste of what field biology is all about. "Keith County Journal" is in fact a highly readable book and I recommend it and any other work by John Janovy without reservation.
There are books by scientists and nature writers that inspire an attitude of awe and wonder, and they do it with a graceful style of coolly elegant prose. This is not one of those books. Janovy, a University of Nebraska biologist specializing in parasitology, is often awestruck by nature, but his style is wonky and comically ironic, using the kind of classroom lecture technique meant to engage undergraduates by seeming to be anything but reverential about subjects he loves, enjoys, and deeply cares about.

Unscientifically, he personalizes and humanizes the species he discusses (termites, snails, fish, birds) and even the places where he and his students do their field work - the Platte River, the waters of man-made Lake McConaughy, the streams and marshes that feed into it, and the Nebraska Sandhills. And there are references as well to beer drinking, the Doors, and Waylon Jennings. He refers to himself sometimes in the third person and easily reveals his own embarrassments and frustrations as his attempts to unravel nature's mysteries are sometimes less than successful. Waxing philosophical at nearly every turn, he eventually reaches a state of mind he calls the "Ogallala blues."

Meanwhile, like a great teacher who inspires with his enthusiasms, he opens a world unknown to anyone unaware of the subtle and complex relationships between species. And he's able to do this by focusing on just a few life forms, including one-celled animals, in a small area of western Nebraska. Janovy invites you to take the nearest exit ramp within range of open fields and streams - even a patch of weeds - and just feast your senses on the flora and fauna. His book is full of fascinating material for the nonbiologist and a pleasure to read.
This book is a quiet masterpiece. I am not a biologist, but I did not find the book too specific or too technical. Janovy sees lessons everywhere. He teases them from his subjects, his students, his experiences. When he wades into Whitetail Creek with his twenty biology students, he changes the lives of those that follow him, whether in the water or on the page. He writes of the Rock Wren, "Live in a place where you are not tested, and you are living in a place of inferior quality." True, the book is about parasites, and his treatment of parasites is fascinating. But the parasites are packed in among his observations about human being and place and the workings of the world. His writing style is graceful and enticing. I can't wait to read more.

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