The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration

by Bernd Heinrich

Popular Science The Real World

The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration Synopsis

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.

The Homing Instinct The Story and Science of Migration Press 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

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ISBN: 9780007595853
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780007595853
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Wildlife: general interest,

About Bernd Heinrich

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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