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The women of the Bible and how they lived.
Winter World is a wonderful book focused on exploring winter adaptations. Bernd Heinrich has a gift for asking pertinent questions and for clear thought. He uses these gifts by following other scientists and by extraordinary personal observations and experiments. I am deeply jealous of his insight and his abilities, but, in consolation, this book gives me a small taste of Heinrich’s knowledge. This small bit is a generous helping and wonderful treat for me. How many people have located even one red squirrel nest? I would love to see this done. Of course, I would love even more to do it myself, but I don’t have any hope of that, but I can fantasize about watching it done to get an idea of how it works. Would you climb into the tops of many spruce trees? Would you spend a day or days sitting and watching squirrels to figure out where they go at night? So here you have someone who is personally familiar with red squirrel nests and can tell you what they are like and how they are used by the squirrels and maybe a few other occupants. Then there are many strategies used by other animals and plants to survive winter. I won’t remember all of them explained in this book, but I won’t forget the golden kinglets’ nests and high metabolism. Although Heinrich is capable to an extent that few people ever become, he has a low-key persona and has the same sense of wonder that I do in the face of what animals and plants face in winter.