Winter World

Winter World

The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

Book - 2004
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From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich, an intimate, accessible and eloquent illumination of animal survival in Winter.

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter their environment to accommodate our physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions--i.e., radical changes in a creature's physiology take place to match the demands of the environment. Winter provides an especially remarkable situation, because of how drastically it affects the most elemental component of all life: water.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter landscape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through the harsh, cruel exigencies of winters

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Ecco pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780060957377
Branch Call Number: 591.43 Hei 3558ad 1
Characteristics: x, 357 p. :,ill


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Mar 05, 2015

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

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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