The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

3.67 avg rating
( 326 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007595853: The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 humans of 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

A captivating exploration of the homing instinct in animals, and what it means for human happiness and survival

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 humans of 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 emotion in the newly arrived birds—and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

From the Back Cover:

Praise for Life Everlasting

“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 dedicated to natural history in the field.” — Edward O. Wilson, author of The Future of Life and The Social Conquest of Earth

Praise for Bernd Heinrich

“Remarkable . . . rewarding . . . highly recommended.” — New York Times

“He richly deserves the comparison to Thoreau.” — Washington Post Book World

“Passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science.” — New York Times Book Review

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780007594054: The Homing Instinct: The Story and Science of Migration

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0007594054 ISBN 13:  9780007594054
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Heinrich, Bernd
Published by William Collins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
WYEMART LIMITED
(HEREFORD, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Collins, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. All items inspected and guaranteed. All Orders Dispatched from the UK within one working day. Established business with excellent service record. Seller Inventory # mon0000166789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 1.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.22
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Bernd Heinrich
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. The story and science of how animals find their way home. Home is the place we long for most, when we feel we have travelled too far, for too long. Since boyhood, acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year to a beloved patch of woods in his native western Maine. But while it's the pull of nostalgia that informs our desire to go back, what is it that drives the homing instinct in animals? Heinrich explores the fascinating science behind the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory over impossible distances; how the subtlest of scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home; 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 pond in the Alaska tundra. With his marvellously evocative prose, Heinrich portrays the psychological state of the newly arrived birds, articulating just what their yearly return truly means, to the birds and to those fortunate enough to witness this transcendently beautiful ritual. The Homing Instinct is an enchanting study of this phenomenon of the natural world, reminding us that to discount our own feelings toward home is to ignore biology itself. Seller Inventory # AA89780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Bernd Heinrich
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The story and science of how animals find their way home.Home is the place we long for most, when we feel we have travelled too far, for too long. Since boyhood, acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year to a beloved patch of woods in his native western Maine. But while it s the pull of nostalgia that informs our desire to go back, what is it that drives the homing instinct in animals?Heinrich explores the fascinating science behind the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory over impossible distances; how the subtlest of scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home; 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 pond in the Alaska tundra. With his marvellously evocative prose, Heinrich portrays the psychological state of the newly arrived birds, articulating just what their yearly return truly means, to the birds and to those fortunate enough to witness this transcendently beautiful ritual.The Homing Instinct is an enchanting study of this phenomenon of the natural world, reminding us that to discount our own feelings toward home is to ignore biology itself. Seller Inventory # AA89780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Heinrich, Bernd
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 21877216-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Bernd Heinrich
Published by William Collins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Collins, 2015. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # GH9780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.51
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Heinrich, Bernd
Published by William Collins
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Collins. Condition: New. The story and science of how animals find their way home. Num Pages: 368 pages, With index. BIC Classification: WNC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 129 x 29. Weight in Grams: 342. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Heinrich, Bernd
Published by William Collins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Collins, 2015. Condition: New. The story and science of how animals find their way home. Num Pages: 368 pages, With index. BIC Classification: WNC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 129 x 29. Weight in Grams: 342. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Bernd Heinrich
Published by William Collins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Collins, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780007595853_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.05
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Bernd Heinrich
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780007595853

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.06
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Bernd Heinrich
ISBN 10: 0007595859 ISBN 13: 9780007595853
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007595859. Seller Inventory # ST0007595859

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book