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A naturalist at large : the best essays of Bernd Heinrich, Bernd Heinrich

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A naturalist at large : the best essays of Bernd Heinrich
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A naturalist at large
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the best essays of Bernd Heinrich
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Bernd Heinrich
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eng
Summary
"From the acclaimed scientist and writer, essays collected for the first time in book form, on ravens and other birds, insects, trees, elephants, and more: once again 'passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science.'(New York Times)"--
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Award
National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, 2018.
Review
A collection of essays on plants and animal biology and behavior by a scientist who is also a prolific, prize-winning author. Heinrich (Emeritus, Biology/Univ. of Vermont; One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives, 2016, etc.) writes engagingly about soil, trees, insects, birds, and mammals, all of which he has observed closely for years. All the included essays, ranging in date from 1974 to 2017, have been previously published, many in Natural History magazine and Orion. The author is no casual observer of the world around him. When something catches his eye, he studies it intensely, counting, measuring, and dissecting. Many of his observations are made inside and outside his cabin in the Maine woods, where he now lives. However, during his long career, he has also studied trees, elephants, and predators in Africa, bees in the Arctic, flowers in Israel, and caterpillars in California. Among other tidbits, readers will learn how red squirrels tap maple trees, how a raven notifies other ravens of the location of a dead animal, and how beetles cooperate to bury a mouse. Heinrich wants to know how vines twist and turn, why trees have certain shapes, and how animals survive fierce heat and intense cold. At times, the author provides more detail than many general readers will require—e.g., a comparison between Thoreau's bean- patch expenses and his own. More often, however, he illustrates just what the work of a dedicated biologist entails. Where necessary, he appends codas to bring certain essays up to date. To accompany his investigations into the natural world, the author also provides includes two -dozen appealing line drawings revealing structural details of plants and close-ups of insects and tiny creatures that would escape most casual observers. Heinrich's personal touch and breadth of knowledge make this a satisfying outing for armchair naturalists. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2018)
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1940-
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Heinrich, Bernd
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508
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index present
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essays
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bibliography
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the best essays of Bernd Heinrich
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A naturalist at large : the best essays of Bernd Heinrich, Bernd Heinrich
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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text
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Contents
Life in the soil -- Rock-solid foundation -- The spreading chestnut tree -- When the bough bends -- O tannenbaum -- Reading tree leaves -- Hot- and cold-blooded moths -- Woolly and wondrous -- Winter guests -- Arctic bumble bees -- Beating the heat, and killing with heat -- Bee-lining vs. bee homing -- Beetles and blooms -- Cooperative undertaking -- Whirligig beetles -- Ravens on my mind -- A birdbrain nevermore -- Ravens and the inaccessible -- Phoebe diary -- Conversation with a sapsucker -- Hawk watching -- Kinglets' realm of cold -- The diabolical nightjar -- Nutcracker sweets -- Hibernation, insulation and caffeination -- Cohabiting with elephants -- The hunt -- Endurance predator -- Synchronicity -- What bees and flowers know -- Curious yellow -- Twists and turns -- Birds coloring their eggs -- Birds, bees, and beauty -- Seeing the light in the forest -- Optimism
Control code
1950051
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780544986831
Lccn
2017046210
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780544986831
  • (OCoLC)1027733187
Label
A naturalist at large : the best essays of Bernd Heinrich, Bernd Heinrich
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life in the soil -- Rock-solid foundation -- The spreading chestnut tree -- When the bough bends -- O tannenbaum -- Reading tree leaves -- Hot- and cold-blooded moths -- Woolly and wondrous -- Winter guests -- Arctic bumble bees -- Beating the heat, and killing with heat -- Bee-lining vs. bee homing -- Beetles and blooms -- Cooperative undertaking -- Whirligig beetles -- Ravens on my mind -- A birdbrain nevermore -- Ravens and the inaccessible -- Phoebe diary -- Conversation with a sapsucker -- Hawk watching -- Kinglets' realm of cold -- The diabolical nightjar -- Nutcracker sweets -- Hibernation, insulation and caffeination -- Cohabiting with elephants -- The hunt -- Endurance predator -- Synchronicity -- What bees and flowers know -- Curious yellow -- Twists and turns -- Birds coloring their eggs -- Birds, bees, and beauty -- Seeing the light in the forest -- Optimism
Control code
1950051
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780544986831
Lccn
2017046210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780544986831
  • (OCoLC)1027733187

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