Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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Harper Collins, Dec 23, 2003 - Nature - 357 pages
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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

 

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This account of how wild animals survive in cold winters is based in large part on the writer's own astute observations of the behavior of a variety of species of birds, squirrels, mice, insects ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Note on Terms and Definitions
7
Fire and Ice
13
Snow and the Subnivian Space
21
A Late Winter Walk
33
Tracking a Weasel
47
Nests and Dens
57
Flying Squirrels in a Huddle
79
Hibernating Birds
131
with and without Antifreeze
207
18
229
Winter Flocks
239
Berries Preserved
247
21
255
Storing Food
263
Bees Winter Gamble
275

Hibernating Squirrels Heating Up to Dream
95
The Kinglets Feathers
109
The Kinglets Winter Fuel
121
Winter Buds
291
The Kinglets Key?
299
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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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