The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

Bernd Heinrich


“A famous naturalist explores the centrality of domestic within the lives of people and different animals . . . a unique deal with for readers of typical history.” — Kirkus Reviews
 
each year, many species make the adventure from one position to a different, following an identical paths and finishing up within the similar areas. each year when you consider that boyhood, the acclaimed scientist and writer Bernd Heinrich has performed an identical, returning to a liked patch of western Maine woods. Which led him to ask yourself: what's the biology in people of this primal pull towards a specific position, and the way is it concerning animal homing? In The Homing Instinct, Heinrich explores the attention-grabbing mysteries of animal migration: how ducks imprint real visible panorama reminiscence; how smell trails are utilized by many creatures to find their houses with pinpoint accuracy; and the way even the tiniest of songbirds are outfitted for sunlight and magnetic orienteering over titanic distances. And he reminds us that to our human feelings towards house is to disregard biology itself.
 
“A sleek combination of technological know-how and memoir . . . [Heinrich’s] skill to linger and easily be there for the instant while, for example, an aged spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he deals her is the guts of his appeal.” — Julie Zickefoose, Wall road Journal
 
“Deep and insightful writing.” — David Gessner, Washington Post

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