Celebrate two new books in the Discover the Great Plains series

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Join the Center for Great Plains Studies for talks by Larkin Powell and Ken Dewey at a special book launch for the latest books in the Discover the Great Plains series. The event is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at 1155 Q St.

Books will be available for purchasing and signing during the event. Discover the Great Plains is an ongoing series of short books from the Center for Great Plains Studies and the University of Nebraska Press.

Great Plains Birds by Larkin Powell
Powell, professor of conservation biology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will speak about Great Plains Birds. In the book, Powell explores the history, geography, and geology of the plains and the birds that inhabit it. From the sandhill crane to ducks and small shorebirds, he explains migration patterns and shows how human settlements have affected the movements of birds. Powell uses historical maps and images to show how wetlands have disappeared, how grasslands have been uprooted, how rivers have been modified by dams, and how the distribution of forests has changed, all the while illustrating why grassland birds are the most threatened group of birds in North America.

Great Plains Weather by Ken Dewey
Dewey, professor of applied climate science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will speak about Great Plains Weather. The weather of the Great Plains is extreme and highly variable, from floods to droughts, blizzards to tornadoes. In the book, Dewey explains what makes this region’s climate unique by presenting a historical climatology of extreme weather events. Beginning with tornadoes, he describes the climatology of these storms and discusses memorable tornadoes of the plains. As one of the storm chasers who travels the Great Plains tracking severe weather, Dewey also shares some of his experiences on the road.

These events are free and open to the public at 1155 Q St. in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Parking is usually available in the Que Place garage at 11th and Q streets. Please note there is construction in the area, and the Larson Garage at 13th and Q is another good parking option.

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More details at: https://www.unl.edu/plains/