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The Homing Instinct: The Story and Science of Migration

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‘Wonderful’ Sunday Telegraph

‘In the manner of the best new nature writing ... [Heinrich’s] own story is as interesting and relevant as that of bees, beavers, and a pair of sandhill cranes that he knows as Millie and Roy ... This combination of biology and psychology makes for a lively, knowledgeable narrative.’ The Times

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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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’ 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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Verlag: William Collins, 2015

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Verlag: William Collins (2014)
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Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Zustand: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Artikel-Nr. GOR006141935

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