The Geese of Beaver Bog

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Nature - 240 pages
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When award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich became the unwitting -- but doting -- foster parent of an adorable gosling named Peep, he was drawn into her world. And so, with a scientist's training and a nature lover's boundless enthusiasm, he set out to understand the travails and triumphs of the Canada geese living in the beaver bog adjacent to his home. In The Geese of Beaver Bog, Heinrich takes his readers through mud, icy waters, and overgrown sedge hummocks to unravel the mysteries behind heated battles, suspicious nest raids, jealous outbursts, and more. With deft insight and infectious good humor, he sheds light on how geese live and why they behave as they do. Far from staid or predictable, the lives of geese are packed with adventure and full of surprises. Illustrated throughout with Heinrich's trademark sketches and featuring beautiful four-color photographs, The Geese of Beaver Bog is part love story, part science experiment, and wholly delightful.

 

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User Review  - annmariestover - LibraryThing

Go outside and look at a bird. No? I don't blame you - birds are boring and don't do much. Or so I thought! Put a pen to paper, and their exploits are funny and full of drama. If this book had been ... Read full review

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User Review  - WildMaggie - LibraryThing

Canada geese up close and personal I don’t usually like stories that start with making a pet out of a wild animal. They are often sentimental and didactic; filled with moral lessons. (Ugh!) And real ... Read full review

Contents

Its a Goose
1
Settling In
19
At the Nest
25
Nesting Travails
37
Spring Again
55
Mate Switch
65
One Month at a Nest
71
Geese Hatching
87
Jane and Harry
131
Getting Together
141
The Sedge Pair
147
Adoption Parenting and Desertion
159
A Feather Dropped
173
About the Appendices
179
Canada Goose Populations
193
Birds Seen at and around
203

To Greener Pastures
101
Sounds and Sights
109
Spring SortingOut
121
Selected References 207 Index
215
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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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