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Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Life everlasting : the animal way of death / Bernd Heinrich
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QH541.13 .H45 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Animal ecology
Animal life cycles
Animals -- Psychological aspects
Animal behavior
Animal communication
Physical Description xiv, 236 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Summary "When a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his "green burial" at Bernd Heinrich's hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist/author to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from--field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies ravens, "the premier northern undertakers," use to do their work; and the "inadvertent teamwork" among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of killed prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning--not dust to dust--but life to life"-- Provided by publisher
"Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually" -- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-217) and index
Contents [pt.] 1. Small to large. Beetles that bury mice ; Sendoff for a deer ; The ultimate recycler : remaking the world -- [pt.] 2. North to south. Northern winter : for the birds ; The vulture crowd -- [pt.] 3. Plant undertakers. Trees of life ; Dung eaters -- [pt.] 4. Watery deaths. Salmon death-into-life ; Other worlds -- [pt.] 5. Changes. Metamorphosis into a new life and lives ; Beliefs, burials and life everlasting
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