Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2012 - Nature - 236 pages
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From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Nature’s inspiring death-to-life cycle

When a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his “green burial” at Bernd Heinrich’s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from—field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies of ravens, “the premier northern undertakers”; and the “inadvertent teamwork” among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning—not dust to dust—but life to life.

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Bernd Heinrich is one of those writers who almost never disappoints, and Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) is another excellent contribution. From burying ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A great nature book, well-written, thoughtful, informative and engaging focusing on the cycle of death to life in the natural world. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Bernd Heinrich is an acclaimed scientist andáthe author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestsellingá The Mind of the Raven , Why We Run,á and Winter World . á Heáis a frequent contributor to national media, and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont.

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