Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from 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 the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape 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 winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

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The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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The author explores the adaptations of animals to extreme cold, explaining the important differences between torpor and hibernation. While the work is reminiscent of a series of science lectures, its moderate doses of chemistry, physics, biology, and botany will engage general readers. Heinrich's stories of taking students on wintry expeditions into the field make him sound like a wonderful hands-on teacher. Narrator Mel Foster reads with little emotion and a nearly mechanical tone. His renditions of the many genus and species names don't roll off his tongue with any fluency, giving him little resemblance to a life scientist. Since the author writes in the first person, Foster does not come through well as his surrogate. J.A.H. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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