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Winter world : the ingenuity of animal survival

Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2009, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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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 landscape  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernd Heinrich
ISBN: 9780061129070 0061129070
OCLC Number: 317893280
Notes: "An Ecco book."
Description: x, 357, 31 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Fire and ice --
2. Snow and the subnivian space --
3. A late winter walk --
4. Tracking a weasel --
5. Nests and dens --
6. Flying squirrels in a huddle --
7. Hibernating squirrels (heating up to dream) --
8. The kinglet's feathers --
9. The kinglet's winter fuel --
10. Hibernating birds --
11. Torpid turtles under ice --
12. Iced-in water rodents --
13. Frozen frogs on ice --
14. Insects : from the diversity to the limits --
15. Mice in winter --
16. Supercool(ed) houseguests (with and without antifreeze) --
17. Of bats and butterflies and cold storage --
18. Aggregating for winter --
19. Winter flocks --
20. Berries preserved --
21. Bears in winter --
22. Storing food --
23. Bees' winter gamble --
24. Winter buds --
25. The kinglets' key?
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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 landscape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, this book awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

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