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Summer World

A Season of Bounty

by Bernd Heinrich

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In Summer World: A Season of Bounty, Bernd Heinrich brings us the same bottomless reserve of wonder and reverence for the teeming animal life of backwoods New England that he brought us in Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival. Now he is focusing on the animal kingdom in the extremes of the warmer months, with all its feeding, nesting, fighting, and mating.

Whether presenting disquisitions on ant wars, the predatory characteristics of wasps, the mating rituals of woodpeckers, or describing an encounter with a road full of wood frogs, Summer World never stops observing the beautifully complex interactions of animals and plants with nature, giving extraordinary depth to the relationships between habitat and the warming of the earth. How can cicadas survive—and thrive—at temperatures pushing 115°F? Do hummingbirds know what they're up against before they migrate over the Gulf of Mexico? Why do some trees stop growing taller even when three months of warm weather remain? With awe and unmatched expertise, Heinrich explores hundreds of questions like these.

Exquisitely illustrated with dozens of the author's own drawings, Summer World is Bernd Heinrich's most engaging book to date, a fascinating work from one of our very best science writers.

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"Heinrich...delights with the surprising activities of local flora and fauna - and his own scientific antics." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. Heinrich presents natural science at its engaging best." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review. Heinrich notices everything around him in the woods and sets out to investigate; his skillful writing and delight in the season and nature are obvious." - Library Journal.

"This lovely book, meticulously etched and based on impassioned but exacting scientific research, illustrate why Bernd Heinrich is generally regarded as the most truly Thoreauvian of modern natural history writers." - Edward O. Wilson.

"Bernd Heinrich's books open my eyes and help me see the wonder of the natural world...I love the fascinating details of his drawings, the lyricism of his observations, the way he unveils not only the physical workings of nature but the stories and dramas within it." - Amy Tan.

"It is possible there is a better guide to the world around us than Bernd Heinrich, but I've not come across him. This is the book that will get you out the door into the season!" - Bill McKibben.

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Bernd Heinrich

Bernd Heinrich is the author of many bestselling and award-winning books. He is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and Maine.

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