Winter World

The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

Heinrich, Bernd

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Winter World
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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0060197447
Branch Call Number: 591.43 H469w 2003
Characteristics: xii, 347 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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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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Mar 05, 2015
  • cuwabig1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book about how creatures who don't migrate get through the bitter cold and ice of winter. Since I spend my winters where it's cold, it's fascinating to think about all the insects, birds, mammals, reptiles outside who are 'out there' in their various states biding their time until the temperature warms.

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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