Synopses & Reviews
When award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich became the unwitting -- but doting -- foster parent of an adorable gosling named Peep, he was drawn into her world. And so, with a scientist's training and a nature lover's boundless enthusiasm, he set out to understand the travails and triumphs of the Canada geese living in the beaver bog adjacent to his home. In The Geese of Beaver Bog, Heinrich takes his readers through mud, icy waters, and overgrown sedge hummocks to unravel the mysteries behind heated battles, suspicious nest raids, jealous outbursts, and more. With deft insight and infectious good humor, he 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. 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.
“Arguably todays finest naturalist author.... This is another worthy missive from our latter-day Thoreau.” Publishers Weekly
With a biologist's lens and nature-lover's soul, the author develops a fascinating study of Canadian geese, whose daily routines are filled with all the color and drama of a good novel. 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 oundless 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 loc
About the Author
Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestselling Winter World, The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, and, most recent, his memoir, The Snoring Bird. He is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.