WINTER WORLD; The Ingenuity of Animal Survival. Bernd Heinrich.

WINTER WORLD; The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

New York: Ecco/Harper Collins, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. 6 x 9, 347 pgs, references, b&w illustrations. There cannot be many people who have gone into a beavers' lodge. The author, 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." Very Good+ in Very Good+ DJ. Item #25301
ISBN: 0060197447

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