Summer World: A Season of Bounty

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2009 - Nature - 253 pages
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In Summer World: A Season of Bounty, Bernd Heinrich brings us the same bottomless reserve of wonder and reverence for the teeming animal life of backwoods New England that he brought us in Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival. Now he is focusing on the animal kingdom in the extremes of the warmer months, with all its feeding, nesting, fighting, and mating.

Whether presenting disquisitions on ant wars, the predatory characteristics of wasps, the mating rituals of woodpeckers, or describing an encounter with a road full of wood frogs, Summer World never stops observing the beautifully complex interactions of animals and plants with nature, giving extraordinary depth to the relationships between habitat and the warming of the earth. How can cicadas survive—and thrive—at temperatures pushing 115F? Do hummingbirds know what they're up against before they migrate over the Gulf of Mexico? Why do some trees stop growing taller even when three months of warm weather remain? With awe and unmatched expertise, Heinrich explores hundreds of questions like these.

Exquisitely illustrated with dozens of the author's own drawings, Summer World is Bernd Heinrich's most engaging book to date, a fascinating work from one of our very best science writers.

 

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To his latest work, Heinrich (biology, Univ. of Vermont; Winter World) brings an immense curiosity about nature's summer as well as the biological knowledge needed to describe what that curiosity ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Preparing for Summer
7
Awakening
21
Wood Frogs
29
The Early Birds
45
BaldFaced Hornet Nests
57
Mud Daubers and Behavior
67
The Blues
77
The Hummingbird and the Woodpecker
141
Deaths and Resurrections
153
Extreme Summer
159
Moss Lichens and Tweedlaarkanniedood
175
Perpetual Summer Species
183
Ant Wars
193
Blackbirds
201
Silent Summer
205

Artful Diners
83
Masters of Disguise
97
Cecropia Moths
107
Calosamia Collapse
115
New England Longhorns
125
Flies
131
Ending Summer
211
The Last Peep
223
Selected References
231
Index
243
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The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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