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Summer World: A Season of Bounty

Bernd Heinrich.
Publisher Ecco  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780060742188
Pages/Publication Date 253/2010
Daedalus Item Code 49284
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How can cicadas thrive at temperatures pushing 115 degrees Fahrenheit? Do hummingbirds know what they're up against before they migrate over the Gulf of Mexico? And why do some trees stop growing taller even when three months of warm weather remain? The author of Winter World, Bumblebee Economics, and A Year in the Maine Woods, biologist Bernd Heinrich offers this entertaining, closely observed, and eloquent illumination of animal survival in the extremes of summer, illustrated with his own drawings in color and black and white. As he explores the complex interactions of animals and plants with nature, Heinrich never loses his sense of wonder, revealing to an extraordinary depth the relationships between habitat and the warming of the earth.

"While Heinrich considers insects 'magical' for doing so much with a pinpoint-size brain, the entomologist himself is a Dumbledore of the forest—magical himself for his ability to conjure a riot of life from what others less attuned might consider your standard Northern woodlot.... The marvels that Heinrich reveals and his own enthusiasm—a quality he admires in the animals around him—are certain to carry you along."—NYTimes

"This lovely book, meticulously etched and based on impassioned but exacting scientific research, illustrates why Bernd Heinrich is generally regarded as the most truly Thoreauvian of modern natural history writers."—Edward O. Wilson

"In his pursuit of actively observing his camp in the forests of western Maine and the woods, beaver bog and gardens around his Vermont home, Heinrich delights with the surprising activities of local flora and fauna—and his own scientific antics: with a pet grackle named Crackle, he raids wasp nests to see what the red-eyed vireo will do with the paper and builds platforms in trees to find out who visits the sapsucker lick (hummingbirds, hawks and warblers).... The book features such mysteries as the significance of the mating habits of wood frogs and the eating patterns of caterpillars, but Heinrich also takes time to observe Homo sapiens, remarking that, like birds, we live in a perpetual summer, not by strenuous biannual migrations but by creating and retreating into 'climate bubbles,' reminding readers that they need clear vision and also a spiritual imperative so that we will focus on the ultimate ecology, not the proximate economy."—Publishers Weekly

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