Winter World The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

ISBN-10: 0060957379
ISBN-13: 9780060957377
Edition: N/A
Authors: Bernd Heinrich
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Description: From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich, an intimate, accessible and eloquent illumination of animal survival in Winter. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich, an intimate, accessible and eloquent illumination of animal survival in Winter. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, 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 their environment to accommodate our physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions--i.e., radical changes in a creature's physiology take place to match the demands of the environment. Winter provides an especially remarkable situation, because of how drastically it affects the most elemental component of all life: water. Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter landscape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through the harsh, cruel exigencies of winters

Introduction
A Note on Terms and Definitions
Fire and Ice
Snow and the Subnivian Space
A Late Winter Walk
Tracking a Weasel
Nests and Dens
Flying Squirrels in a Huddle
Hibernating Squirrels (Heating Up to Dream)
The Kinglet's Feathers
The Kinglet's Winter Fuel
Hibernating Birds
Torpid Turtles under Ice
Iced-in Water Rodents
Frozen Frogs on Ice
Insects: From the Diversity to the Limits
Mice in Winter
Supercool(ed) Houseguests (with and without Antifreeze)
Of Bats and Butterflies and Cold Storage
Aggregating for Winter
Winter Flocks
Berries Preserved
Bears in Winter
Storing Food
Bees' Winter Gamble
Winter Buds
The Kinglets' Key?
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