Synopses & Reviews
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 to find food in a time of scarcity or store if from a time of plenty.
Infused by the author's inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.
"The stories are plain engrossing---in their elucidation, their breadth of examples, and their barely contained sense of awe and admiration." ---Kirkus
From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich comes this intimate, accessible, and eloquent illumination of animal survival in winter.
About the Author
Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, Mind of the Raven, and his memoir, The Snoring Bird. He also writes for Scientific American, Audubon, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine. Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes that one day listeners will get the opportunity to hear him reading something that he's written himself.