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The Homing Instinct - by Bernd Heinrich (Paperback)

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  • A captivating exploration of the homing instinct in animals, and what it means for human happiness and survival, from the celebrated naturalist and author of Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Life Everlasting.Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods.
  • About the Author: BERND HEINRICH is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous award-winning books, including the best-selling The Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Winter World.
  • 368 Pages
  • Science, Life Sciences

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A captivating exploration of the homing instinct in animals, and what it means for human happiness and survival, from the celebrated naturalist and author of Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Life Everlasting



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A captivating exploration of the homing instinct in animals, and what it means for human happiness and survival, from the celebrated naturalist and author of Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Life Everlasting.

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 humans of 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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A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history. Kirkus Reviews

Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths and ending up in the same places. Every year since boyhood, the acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has done the same, returning to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. Which led him to wonder: what is the biology in humans of this primal pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? In The Homing Instinct, Heinrich explores the fascinating mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures to locate their homes with pinpoint accuracy; and how even the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. And he reminds us that to discount our human emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

A graceful blend of science and memoir . . . [Heinrich s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal. Julie Zickefoose, Wall Street Journal

Deep and insightful writing. David Gessner, Washington Post

[AU PHOTO] BERND HEINRICH is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Winter World, Mind of the Raven, and Why We Run. He writes for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Outside, and Audubon. Among Heinrich's many honors is the 2013 PEN New England Award for nonfiction, for Life Everlasting."



About the Author



BERND HEINRICH is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous award-winning books, including the best-selling The Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Winter World. He is a frequent contributor to national media, and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont.

Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Life Sciences
Publisher: Mariner Books
Theme: Zoology, Mammals
Format: Paperback
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Language: English
Street Date: April 21, 2015
TCIN: 16893874
UPC: 9780544484016
Item Number (DPCI): 247-42-3289
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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