Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Nature - 400 pages
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From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from 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 the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape 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 winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

 

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Like so many of Heinrich's books, a lovely and eclectic exploration of his chosen topic: in this case, animal adaptations for northern winters. Enjoyed it immensely. Read full review

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User Review  - dissed1 - LibraryThing

I enjoy Bernd Heinrich's writing. He's a dedicated naturalist and his interest in wildlife is contagious. I do think however, that sometimes he writes a little too much like the scientist that he is ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Note on Terms and Definitions
8
Fire and Ice
15
Snow and the Subnivian Space
21
A Late Winter Walk
33
Tracking a Weasel
49
Nests and Dens
55
Flying Squirrels in a Huddle
81
From the Diversity to the Limits
177
Mice in Winter
201
Supercooled Houseguests with and without Antifreeze
209
Of Bats and Butterflies and Cold Storage
219
Aggregating for Winter
231
Winter Flocks
240
Berries Preserved
249
Bears in Winter
255

Hibernating Squirrels Heating Up to Dream
97
The Kinglets Feathers
109
The Kinglets Winter Fuel
121
Hibernating Birds
131
Icedin Water Rodents
157
Frozen Frogs on Ice
171
Storing Food
265
Bees Winter Gamble
275
Winter Buds 291 25 The Kinglets Key?
299
References
317
Index
349
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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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