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The ways animals cope during cold winter months are highlighted in this new title from Bernd Heinrich, the award-winning author of Mind of the Raven (1999), physiological ecologist, and professor at the University of Vermont. Some animals, such as voles, stay awake all winter in tunnels and grassy nests built under the snow. Other small mammals, such as chipmunks and ground squirrels, spend winter hibernating. Some insects supercool through chemicals in their blood that inhibit freezing, while others do the opposite and survive by promoting self-freezing. Many other animals remain active all winter and retire to warm nests or dens when not seeking food. Heinrich is a graceful writer, taking the reader along as he uncovers aggregations of wintering bugs, follows a weasel's tracks in the snow, or watches the tiny kinglets fluff their feathers for insulation as they search for wintering caterpillars. Liberally illustrated with the author's pencil drawings, this title will be sought out by fans of good nature writing. Nancy Bent
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"The stories are plain engrossing---in their elucidation, their breadth of examples, and their barely contained sense of awe and admiration." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
Definitely a worthwhile read. Whether for school or for pleasure, I would recommend it to anyone with even a modest interest in animal behaviourPublished 15 months ago by John Knicley
Loved the book. Someone recommended it, and out of respect for this person it bought it. I so DO NOT like winter, yet again seeing through Bernd Heinrich writting, I find winter... Read morePublished on May 24 2013 by Colette de Lottinville
Excellent book, interesting and informative. The author takes what could be a very dry subject and instills life into it, making you see the world under and in the snow and cold.Published on Feb. 15 2011 by northern library
Anyone who has walked in Thoreau's footprints and who can appreciate clear scientific thought will enjoy this detailed explanation of the fauna of the woods during winter. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by jlusa