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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."
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The ways animals cope during cold winter months are highlighted in this new title from Bernd Heinrich, the award-winning author of Mind of the Raven (1999), physiological ecologist, and professor at the University of Vermont. Some animals, such as voles, stay awake all winter in tunnels and grassy nests built under the snow. Other small mammals, such as chipmunks and ground squirrels, spend winter hibernating. Some insects supercool through chemicals in their blood that inhibit freezing, while others do the opposite and survive by promoting self-freezing. Many other animals remain active all winter and retire to warm nests or dens when not seeking food. Heinrich is a graceful writer, taking the reader along as he uncovers aggregations of wintering bugs, follows a weasel's tracks in the snow, or watches the tiny kinglets fluff their feathers for insulation as they search for wintering caterpillars. Liberally illustrated with the author's pencil drawings, this title will be sought out by fans of good nature writing. Nancy Bent
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good book I enjoyed reading it. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids watching the animals from our sunroom.Published 5 months ago by george
Heinrich's observations and research are impeccable, and his attention to detail and patience for observation borders on madness--so this is a can't-put-down book about what goes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Daniel
Reads like a long novel with all the author's personal experiences in the wild. Often comic, like shaking trees to survey small insects, along with touching descriptions of how... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
If (like me) you were ever curious about how animals survive winter in the North woods - then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Obrien
After Heinrich's "A Winter in the Maine Woods", this is my favorite book. He explores the mysteries of how creatures survive during what we would consider a pretty harsh... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Easy Birder
Intriguing account of how many insects, bats, birds, mammals get through the winter months. Heinrich makes biology and natural history fun and easy to understand.Published 9 months ago by Susan M Grant
Heinrich explored the world of animal survival in winter and it makes fascinating reading. some animals live at the zero degree point and could freeze with just the slightest... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ex-librarian