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The homing instinct : meaning & mystery in animal migration

Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
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Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humansof this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration:how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are  Read more...
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Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Homing instinct.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
(DLC) 2013042030
(OCoLC)666239989
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernd Heinrich
ISBN: 0547523637 9780547523637 130652847X 9781306528474
OCLC Number: 875351852
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Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humansof this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration:how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. Most movingly, Heinrich chronicles the spring return of a pair of sandhill cranes to their home pond in the Alaska tundra. With his trademark "marvelous, mind-altering "prose (Los Angeles Times), he portrays the unmistakable signs of deep psychological emotion in the newly arrived birds--and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

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