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Winter World

The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Heinrich, Bernd (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Winter World
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From flying hot-blooded squirrels and diminutive kinglets to sleeping black bears and torpid turtles to frozen insects and frogs, the animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there. Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life -- water -- radical changes in a creature's physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage tofind food in a time of scarcity, or store it from a time of plenty. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's delicate drawings and infused by his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, "Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.
Authors: Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Title: Winter world
the ingenuity of animal survival
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 347 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bernd Heinrich
ISBN: 0060197447
Branch Call Number: 591.43 H469w 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-347)
Subject Headings: Animals Wintering
Topical Term: Animals
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Heinrich uncovers aggregations of wintering bugs, follows a weasel's tracks in the snow, and watches tiny kinglets fluff their feathers for insulation in this graceful piece of nature writing.


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Aug 02, 2012
  • StuDick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the way the author used his deep understanding of biology--especially evolution--and the physical world to explain fascinating adaptations of plants and animals in winter. Some of his exploits to collect his data are hilarious.

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