1200 Broad Ave, Findlay, OH 45840, United States
The modern campus of Findlay High School which Dan O'Brien finished in 1966.
1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI 49931, United States
The campus of Michigan Technological University where Dan O'Brien did his studies and played football.
1000 N Main St, Findlay, OH 45840, United States
The University of Findlay (former Findlay College) where Dan O'Brien received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Business in 1970.
414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069, United States
The University of South Dakota where Dan O'Brien obtained a Master of Arts degree in 1973.
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, United States
Bowling Green State University where Dan O'Brien received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1974.
2199 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80208, United States
Mary Reed Hall and Harper Humanities Garden of the University of Denver where Dan O'Brien attended the Ph.D. program.
(From left to right) Mayor Steve Allender, Dan O'Brien, Jill O'Brien, Eirik Heikes of the Sustainability Committee at the reception the City's Sustainability Award for Wild Idea Buffalo Company.
Dan O'Brien feeding one of his horses at his ranch near Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
Dan O'Brien closes a gate to one of the buffalo grazing areas at his ranch near Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
Dan O'Brien in his office accompanied by a dog Hank.
Dan O'Brien with a dog.
Dan O'Brien with his wife Jill.
(The book recounts the author's work with the Peregrine Fu...)
The book recounts the author's work with the Peregrine Fund, his two thousand mile journey following the natural migrational movement of falcons, and the behavior and history of the endangered American Falcon.
(A tale of bravery, medical daring, justice and love that ...)
A tale of bravery, medical daring, justice and love that recounts the unlikely friendships between the great war chief Crazy Horse and a United States Army surgeon.
(At once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons ...)
At once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology.
(A book about how good food choices can influence federal ...)
A book about how good food choices can influence federal policies and the integrity of our food system, and about the dignity and strength of a legendary American animal.
After finishing Findlay High School in 1966, Dan O'Brien pursued his studies at Michigan Technological University where he played football in his spare time. Four years later, O'Brien received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Business from Findlay College (currently the University of Findlay).
Then, he studied under Frederick Manfred at the University of South Dakota where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in 1973. It was followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University the next year.
He also attended the Ph.D. program at the University of Denver.
Dan O'Brien started his career in the late 1970s working as an endangered species biologist at the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks and later, from 1976 to 1986, in the Peregrine Fund. He combined the activity with writing.
By the end of the 1980s, O'Brien left the academics and concentrated on part-time teaching. It was the time when he came on the literary scene with the publication of ‘Eminent Domain’, a collection of ten short stories that won the Iowa School of Letters short fiction award in 1986. Among the works in this collection are pieces dealing with a man who, while fishing, contemplates the death of his father; nighttime, mountaintop rescue; and a man who is forced to sell what he values most in the world.
O’Brien’s next book idea came after he worked for The Peregrine Fund, an organization devoted to the raising and releasing into the wild of endangered peregrine falcons. He recounted the four-month story of a particular falcon, Dolly, in ‘The Rites of Autumn: A Falconer’s Journey Across the American West’. During these months, O’Brien and Dolly traveled from the author’s ranch in western South Dakota to Texas, practicing avian survival skills along the way.
O’Brien’s third book was set in the town of Medicine Springs, near Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Published in 1988, ‘Spirit of the Hills’, it became the author’s first novel. O’Brien developed several plots in the story, a Vietnam veteran set on avenging the death of his brother in a drug deal, a hunter looking for a wolf that is supposedly terrorizing the nearby ranchers, a demonstration by Native Americans, and Indian militant planning to blow up Mount Rushmore.
The book was followed by ‘In the Center of the Nation’, a novel in which the author portrayed the lives of four South Dakota ranchers whose land was sought after by a gold-mining company that wanted to exploit it using an environmentally unfriendly chemical process.
At the end of the 1990s, Dan O'Brien enlarged his small cattle ranch in South Dakota to a buffalo ranch. In 2001, he established Wild Idea Buffalo Company and Sustainable Harvest Alliance which aimed to elevate strong and health buffalo whose meat is good for human health and the health of the American Great Plains.
Nowadays, O'Brien lives and works on his Cheyenne River Ranch in the west of South Dakota. In addition to writing and elevating buffalo, he also teaches ecology and serves on the Black Hills branch of The Nature Conservancy.
The latest book by O'Brien is a 2014 volume ‘Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Lan’.
(When a mining company discovers gold near the Badlands, S...)1991
(The book recounts the author's work with the Peregrine Fu...)1988
(A book about how good food choices can influence federal ...)2014
(A tale of bravery, medical daring, justice and love that ...)1999
(A story about his decision to devote himself to his great...)1997
(At once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons ...)2007
(The riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon)2004
Quotations: "I have dedicated my life to preserving and restoring the Great Plains grasslands. These same principles are the foundation of Wild Idea Buffalo Company. By returning the bison to their native homeland, we're not only re-wilding a threatened ecosystem, we are keeping prairies intact, with carbon stored safely underground, and producing the healthiest red meat on the planet."
Quotes from others about the person
Dan O'Brien was characterized by the New York Times as “a writer with a keen and poetic eye…”.
Dan O'Brien is married to Jill Maguire who helps him on the ranch and manages Wild Idea Buffalo Company. She is also an amateur photographer.