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Life Everlasting

The Animal Way Of Death

By Bernd Heinrich, 1940-

From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Nature’s inspiring death-to-life cycle

When 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.

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Book

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  • 591.7 Hei, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2012

ISBN

9780547752662


Format: Book
Author: Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Summary: "When 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/author 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 ravens, "the premier northern undertakers," use to do their work; and the "inadvertent teamwork" among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of killed 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Life everlasting : the animal way of death / Bernd Heinrich.
Publisher Date: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Subject: Animal ecology Animal life cycles. Animals -- Psychological aspects Animal behavior Animal communication
Isbn: 9780547752662 0547752660
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 591.7 Hei
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Bib Id: 399595

Format: Book
Author: Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Summary: "Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually" -- Provided by publisher.
Summary: "When 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/author 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 ravens, "the premier northern undertakers," use to do their work; and the "inadvertent teamwork" among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of killed 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Life everlasting : the animal way of death / Bernd Heinrich.
Publisher, Date: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Description: xiv, 236 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Animal ecology
Subjects: Animal life cycles.
Subjects: Animals -- Psychological aspects
Subjects: Animal behavior
Subjects: Animal communication
LCCN: 2012010583
ISBN: 9780547752662
ISBN: 0547752660
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 591.7 Hei