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The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration by Bernd Heinrich
  

The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration

The Real World   Popular Science   

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The Homing Instinct is an enchanting study of this phenomenon of the natural world, reminding us that to discount our own feelings toward home is to ignore biology itself.

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The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration by Bernd Heinrich

The story and science of how animals find their way home. Home is the place we long for most, when we feel we have travelled too far, for too long. Since boyhood, acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year to a beloved patch of woods in his native western Maine. But while it's the pull of nostalgia that informs our desire to go back, what is it that drives the homing instinct in animals? Heinrich explores the fascinating science behind the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory over impossible distances; how the subtlest of scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home; 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 pond in the Alaska tundra. With his marvellously evocative prose, Heinrich portrays the psychological state of the newly arrived birds, articulating just what their yearly return truly means, to the birds and to those fortunate enough to witness this transcendently beautiful ritual.

Reviews

'Wonderful'
Sunday Telegraph Praise for Bernd Heinrich:

'Heinrich, who combines his keen scientific eye with the soul of a poet, enthralls.'
New York Times

'One of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer.'
Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Bernd Heinrich is an acclaimed scientist and author of numerous books, including the bestselling Winter World, Mind of the Raven, and Why We Run. He writes for Scientific American, Outside, American Scientist, and Audubon, and has contributed to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Among Heinrich's many honours is the 2013 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction, for Life Everlasting.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Bernd Heinrich

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science

Wildlife: general interest

ISBN

9780007595853

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