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The Geese of Beaver Bogby Bernd Heinrich
Synopses & Reviews
In the summer of 1998, award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich found himself the unwitting — but doting — foster parent of an adorable gosling named Peep. Good-natured, spirited Peep drew Heinrich into her world — one he found to be filled with as much color and drama as that of her human counterparts.
And so, with a scientist's training and a nature lover's boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, Heinrich set out to observe and understand the travails and triumphs of the Canada geese, or honkers, living in the beaver bog adjacent to his rural Vermont home. His presence in the bog, at all hours, in all weather, became as commonplace as that of the local beavers and birds. The resident geese learned that Heinrich could be trusted, enabling him to watch and record their daily routines from up close.
Heated battles over territory, mysterious nest raids, jealousy over a lover's inattention, all are recounted here in an engaging, anecdotal narrative that sheds light on how geese live and why they behave as they do. Far from staid or predictable, the lives of geese are packed with adventure and full of surprises.
In The Geese of Beaver Bog, Heinrich takes his readers through mud, icy waters, and overgrown sedge hummocks into a seemingly impenetrable world. He does so with deft insight, respectful modesty, and infectious good humor. Illustrated throughout with Heinrich's trademark sketches and featuring beautiful four-color photographs, The Geese of Beaver Bog is part love story, part science experiment, and wholly delightful.
"[A]nother worthy missive from our latter-day Thoreau." Publishers Weekly
"Bernard Heinrich is one of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Heinrich combines his keen scientific eye with the soul of a poet." New York Times Book Review
"[A] woodsman of skills seldom seen in modern times, and...a nature writer of uncommon talent." Edward O. Wilson
"He richly deserves comparisons to Thoreau." Washingtom Post Book World
Book News Annotation:
Heinrich became a sort of honorary Canada goose, spending long hours in all weather with the birds that inhabited a bog near his Vermont home. The geese decided Heinrich could be trusted and allowed him to watch and record their daily routines--as complex and dramatic as any human soap opera--from up close. Heinrich is a biologist (U. of Vermont), but he stresses that his focus here is not hard science but the history, relationships, and actions of individual birds. He's the award- winning author of several other volumes of science writing, including Winter World, Mind of the Raven, and Bumblebee Economics.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.
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