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The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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Then: What comes after the creature finds its best territory? Home building and home maintenance, of course. And we learn more fascinating details about the kind of structures that animals create, if they feel the need to build them. Now Heinrich turns his sights toward humans. (And we knew that he would get to this eventually, after we read the Preface.) We follow him to Maine, to his own most familiar places. Here he gives us further fodder for consideration, especially in debating why humans developed into home-builders at all. I wish he had reached this connection a bit sooner, though. And he doesn't quite resolve the personal conflict that he references in the Preface. Still, I do appreciate his final, environmentally savvy, conclusion.
Animal lovers should be forewarned or reminded that Bernd Heinrich IS a scientist. He "collects" animals for study, hunts for deer, and has no qualms about sacrificing bumble bees to orb spider webs.Read more ›
Now he tackles homing: animal migration, nesting and nest-building, and in the process, talks about his own ‘home’, which is more the forest surrounding his cabin in Maine than the house itself. He is generous in recognizing and commenting on other scientists. The results of their work, in lab and in the wild, permit him to generalize beyond his own experience, which he relates lovingly. It is the combination of the analytical with the loving and accepting observer of animal ways that makes Heinrich such a good guide.Read more ›
It will surprise the reader on realizing that even butterflies can migrate over hundreds of miles and some ocean birds can fly thousands of miles without even stopping once! And over the vast ocean landscape how do they even know where they are? Many, many more similar mysteries are covered in this wonderful book. Another real surprise is the deep physiological emotions showed by many creatures when they get back to their home, that Bernd highlights with a beautiful example of the sandhill cranes.
With this as a back ground Bernd then builds up a larger story of what a home means to animals as well as humans and what a home and its creation means for human happiness and survival. The variety of creatures that Bernd covers is mind boggling – from cranes, albatrosses, loons, geese, pigeons to locusts, bees, dragon fly, butterflies, and then to ants, beetles and leeches and goes on to Turtles, Salmon, Eels and many more!Read more ›
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Just finished this book a few days back. Another excellent read by one of the worlds foremost naturalist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Steven L. DC
I haven't read it yet , but I read every other book by Bernd Heinrich and I loved them. Bernd Heirich is one the best authors in the field of ethology and I am fascinated by his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Olga Szabo
This is a lovely book, and packed with fascinating informatioin.Published 3 months ago by Mountain Lion Lady
Not what I expected....
Actually, weird, for me.
I would not recommend.
I was looking for facts of migration. Read more
I liked this book because it provided information and reflection for me in areas I have curiosity and wonder. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lawrence G. Zoller
This book contains a lot of stories, and not so much science. There are facts throughout the book but the times the word "I" and "We" are far too many for someone... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexander D. Clark