Life Everlasting The Animal Way of Death

ISBN-10: 0544002261
ISBN-13: 9780544002265
Edition: 2012
Authors: Bernd Heinrich
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Description: From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Nature’s inspiring death-to-life cycleWhen a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his “green burial” at Bernd Heinrich’s hunting camp  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Nature’s inspiring death-to-life cycleWhen a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his “green burial” at Bernd Heinrich’s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from—field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies of ravens, “the premier northern undertakers”; and the “inadvertent teamwork” among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning—not dust to dust—but life to life.

Bernd Heinrich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont. He has written several memoirs of his life in science and nature, including One Man�e(tm)s Owl, and Ravens in Winter. Bumblebee Economics was twice a nominee for the American Book Award in Science, and A Year in the Maine Woods won the 1995 Rutstrum Authors�e(tm) Award for Literary Excellence.

Introduction
Small to Large
Beetles That Bury Mice
Sendoff for a Deer
The Ultimate Recycler: Remaking the World
North to South
Northern Winter: For the Birds
The Vulture Crowd
Plant Undertakers
Trees of Life
Dung Eaters
Watery Deaths
Salmon Death-into-Life
Other Worlds
Changes
Metamorphosis into a New Life and Lives
Beliefs, Burials, and life Everlasting
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
Index

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