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Title:  Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival (Paperback)
Binding:  Paperback: 400 pages
Author:  Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 7, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061129070
ISBN-13: 9780061129070

Product Dimensions: 
7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
Category(ies) :  Science & Nature , History,Memoir
Shipping weights:  10.4 ounces
Price: RMB150.00
Reading level : 
BookDescription
From award-winning writer and biologist Heinrich, comes an intimate, accessible, and eloquent illumination of animal survival in winter.

Synosis

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.
Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.



Publisher Comments
There cannot be many people who have gone into a beavers' lodge. Heinrich, professor of biology at the University of Vermont, did that in his quest to see how animals survive winter. It was a summer when the pond had dried up and the beavers were not in residence, but with a flashlight and room enough to turn around, Heinrich was able to conclude that the accommodation would be quite cozy for a beaver family in winter. Similarly trying to see for himself as much as possible, he describes the winter survival strategies of many animals. He marvels in particular at the success of the golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), a bird "scarcely larger than a ruby-throated hummingbird" that remains active all through the winters of Maine and Alaska, its life "played out on the anvil of ice and under the hammer of deprivation." The kinglet, he says, symbolizes the "astounding and ingenious strategies that animals have evolved for coping in the winter world."

About the Author
Bernd Heinrich began his career as a cell biologist, but was interested in the natural world--primarily birds--since he was a boy: he likes "being close to nature and solving puzzles." His many books include BUMBLEBEE ECONOMICS and THE MIND OF THE RAVEN. A professor of biology at the University of Vermont, Heinrich lives on the 300 acres of Maine wilderness he wrote about in THE TREES IN MY FOREST.

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