The Homing Instinct by Bernd Heinrich audiobook

The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

By Bernd Heinrich
Read by Rick Adamson

HMH Audio 9780544484016
11.13 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780358306849

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Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; 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 home pond in the Alaska tundra. With his trademark “marvelous, mind-altering” prose (Los Angeles Times), he portrays the unmistakable signs of deep psychological emotion in the newly arrived birds—and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

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Summary

Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?

Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; 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 home pond in the Alaska tundra. With his trademark “marvelous, mind-altering” prose (Los Angeles Times), he portrays the unmistakable signs of deep psychological emotion in the newly arrived birds—and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Deep and insightful writing.” Washington Post
“A graceful blend of science and memoir…[Heinrich’s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal. Wall Street Journal
“Natural history fans will love this book. Its appeal is multilayered, with many fascinating instances of Heinrich’s fabled fieldwork and plenty of hard science.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals…A special treat for readers of natural history.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Bernd Heinrich

Author Bio: Bernd Heinrich

Bernd Heinrich is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestselling The Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Winter World. Among his many honors is the 2013 PEN New England Award in nonfiction for Life Everlasting. Mind of the Raven won the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is a frequent contributor to national media and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 11.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English