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New Releases. Description "Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest naturalists of our time. Life Everlasting shines with the authenticity and originality that are unique to a life devoted to natural history in the field.
And what ecological and spiritual lessons can we learn from examining this? Bernd Heinrich has long been fascinated by these questions, and when a good friend with a terminal illness asked if he might have his "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist and author to investigate.
Life Everlasting is the fruit of those investigations, illuminating what happens to animals great and small after death. From beetles to bald eagles, ravens to wolves, Heinrich reveals the fascinating and mostly hidden post-death world that occurs around us constantly, while examining the ancient and important role we too play as scavengers, connecting death to life.
Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death
Back cover copy Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest naturalists of our time. Edward O. Bernd Heinrich has long been fascinated by these questions, and when a good friend with a terminal illness asked if he might have his green burial at Heinrich s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist and author to investigate.
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Heinrich is in fact Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont , the inquisitiveness of a field biologist, and the ground-level experience of a naturalist and and hunter, Dr. Heinrich leads his readers through a selection of his experiences with and investigations into just how this cycle plays out continually all around us — and in a final concluding chapter, reminds us how we are not outside of it, despite how much we may try to convince ourselves that we are.
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Readers of Dr. However as important as these highly intelligent corvids are in ensuring the continuation of the cycle of deconstruction and regeneration, it is upon the activities of a much smaller species that so much of the cycle depends. Despite what that famously melancholy Prince of Denmark may have declared, we — and much of the other larger forms of life with which we share the planet — are not so much food for worms as food for beetles.
From the previously mentioned mouse-burying Nicophorus beetles Dr. As short a book as it is it could have easily been twice as long and still only grazed the surface of the myriad variations of its seemingly inexhaustible subject Life Everlasting is a lively collection of stories, investigations, reflections, and musings all joined together by a central theme — that of not just how the remains of the dead are reincorporated into the cycle of life but, perhaps more importantly, why they are, and in the concluding chapter, what happens when they are not.