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Life Everlasting

The Animal Way of Death
Heinrich, Bernd (Book - 2012)
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Life Everlasting
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"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"-- "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"--
Authors: Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Title: Life everlasting
the animal way of death
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012.
Characteristics: xiv, 236 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Summary: "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"--
"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"--
Local Note: 6 15 29 53 118 148 172 193 210 211 216 222 242 244
ISBN: 0547752660
9780547752662
Statement of Responsibility: Bernd Heinrich
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Animal communication. Animals Habits and behavior Animals Psychological aspects. Animal life cycles. Animal ecology.
Topical Term: Animal communication.
Animals
Animals
Animal life cycles.
Animal ecology.
LCCN: 2012010583
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Sep 03, 2014
  • Ham625 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Almost a religion. Profound.

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