The Homing Instinct

The Homing Instinct

Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration

eBook - 2014
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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 humansof 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.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781306528474
130652847X
9780547523637
0547523637
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages cm.)

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