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Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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ISBN13: 9780060197445
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Introduction

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. From flying hot-blooded squirrels and diminutive kinglets to sleeping black bears and frozen insects, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Some develop 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 to find 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 awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains itself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

Questions for Discussion Throughout "Winter World, Jack London's story, "To Build a Fire," which is about a foolish man in winter, is used as a backdrop for adaptations numerous animals have made. Why do you think the author returns to this story so often? What does it say about the superiority of humans to animals?
Beavers can live under ice for up to six months. While hibernating, bears mysteriously suffer no bone or muscle loss, and do not need water. Kinglet pairs simultaneously raise two broods of eight to ten young each. Chipmunks build a 12-foot burrow system. Turtles can live up to a year without food. Nutcrackers collect as many as 30,000 pine seeds for storage in caches up to 15 kilometers away from each other — and remember where to find 80percent of them. Which animal described in "Winter World impresses you the most for its ability to survive winter? Why?
Discuss the drive certain people have to forgo the comforts of the modern world in order to get closer to nature. Could you see yourself as one of those people? Would you be able to live in a primitive cabin in Maine in the winter like the author does?
"Scientific discoveries, like most surprises, come by luck, and luck comes by keeping moving and having a keen nose to detect anomalies." The author makes some of his most profound discoveries this way. Is it luck or is it persistence coupled with the ability to see and decipher? Have you ever discovered something by luck? What was it?
Heinrich's father sold fleas to the Rothschilds and periodically set mice free in his house to demonstrate his pet weasel's hunting ability to guests. What do you imagine their day-to-day life or dinner conversation was like? How do you think it influenced the author? What does the author reveal about his home life now as an adult?
Hibernation and other winter adaptations may offer insight into numerous human medical matters, including stroke, aging, space flight, and osteoporosis. Heinrich strongly believes that research should be pure, out of intellectual curiosity, not conducted for applied purposes. Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Are these two concepts diametrically opposed?
Heinrich has an extremely high tolerance for infestations — the carpenter ants that for years threatened to destroy his house and thousands of ladybugs that would try to crawl into his family's eyes at night. Is this taking a respect for nature too far? Could you live with thesepests? What is the worst infestation you can imagine or have heard of?
We learn that coagulated hardened bird spit is considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures. What are some other surprising things people eat?

About the Author

Bernd Heinrich is the author of "Mind of the Raven, which won the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing and was a "New York Times and "Los Angeles Times Notable Book as well as a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times Science and Technology Award. He is also the author of "Bumblebee Economics, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and "The Trees in My Forest, which won a New England Book Award. A professor of biology at the University of Vermont, Heinrich also spends time in the forests of western Maine, where he has done much of his field research and training for ultramarathons.

Review:

"In short, dense, lucid chapters that will intrigue both natural history buffs and neophytes, Heinrich discusses the survival strategies — such as hibernation and nest building — of mammals, birds and reptiles." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The stories are plain engrossing — in their elucidation, their breadth of examples, and their barely contained sense of awe and admiration." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Liberally illustrated with the author's pencil drawings, this title will be sought out by fans of good nature writing." Booklist

Review:

"Heinrich is constantly observing and asking questions about what he sees, giving readers an inside glimpse at the workings of science and nature." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-347).

Synopsis:

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 physicallimitations, 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 mostelemental 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 to find 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 thewonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

About the Author

Bernd Heinrich is the author of Mind of the Raven, which won the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing and was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Notable Book as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Science and Technology Award. He is also the author of Bumblebee Economics, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and The Trees in My Forest, which won a New England Book Award. A professor of biology at the University of Vermont, Heinrich also spends time in the forests of western Maine, where he has done much of his field research and training for ultramarathons.

Table of Contents

  1. 1.Fire and ice
  2. 2.Snow and the subnivian space
  3. 3. Alate winter walk
  4. 4.Tracking a weasel
  5. 5.Nests and dens
  6. 6.Flying squirrels in a huddle
  7. 7.Hibernating squirrels (heating up to dream) --8. Thekinglet's feathers
  8. 9. Thekinglet's winter fuel
  9. 10.Hibernating birds
  10. 11.Torpid turtles under ice
  11. 12.Iced-in water rodents
  12. 13.Frozen frogs on ice
  13. 14.Insects : from the diversity to the limits
  14. 15.Mice in winter
  15. 16.Supercool(ed) houseguests (with and without) antifreeze) --17.Of bats and butterflies and cold storage
  16. 18.Aggregating for winter
  17. 19.Winter flocks
  18. 20.Berries preserved
  19. 21.Bears in winter
  20. 22.Storing food
  21. 23.Bees' winter gamble
  22. 24.Winter buds
  23. 25. Thekinglets' key?

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Alberto Ramirez, March 18, 2009 (view all comments by Alberto Ramirez)
I love the way this book was put together. What fascinating detail. This could be one of my favorite books of all time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060197445
Subtitle:
The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Author:
Heinrich, Bernd
Publisher:
Ecco
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Animal behavior
Subject:
Wintering
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
20030107
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.34x6.48x1.37 in. 1.50 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Ecco - English 9780060197445 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In short, dense, lucid chapters that will intrigue both natural history buffs and neophytes, Heinrich discusses the survival strategies — such as hibernation and nest building — of mammals, birds and reptiles."
"Review" by , "The stories are plain engrossing — in their elucidation, their breadth of examples, and their barely contained sense of awe and admiration."
"Review" by , "Liberally illustrated with the author's pencil drawings, this title will be sought out by fans of good nature writing."
"Review" by , "Heinrich is constantly observing and asking questions about what he sees, giving readers an inside glimpse at the workings of science and nature."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-347).
"Synopsis" by , 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 physicallimitations, 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 mostelemental 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 to find 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 thewonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

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