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Publisher's Summary

The animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there. Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life---water---radical changes in a creature's physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage to find food in a time of scarcity or store if from a time of plenty. Infused by the author's inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.
©2003 Bernd Heinrich (P)2009 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 02-05-15

A Fascinating Exploration

What a wonderful winter read. I loved the methodical and precise approach to the subject of how a variety of creatures are built to survive the extremes of winter. The author explores the subject in great detail providing a concise understanding of the complicated processes of hibernation.

To me this book is an excellent way to experience and understand nature and the workings of the natural world around us from a true master. I have read and listened to this title several times and always find something new to catch my interest. This book was beautifully written and nicely narrated. Recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dana on 12-22-15

So cool

If you could sum up Winter World in three words, what would they be?

Animals are amazing

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If you like nature and have always wondered about the durability of animals in the wintertime this book is absolutely mesmerizing. I can't wait to listen to Bernds other works. Incredible insights based on the author's observations. Make me want to get back into natural studies.

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