Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting

The Animal Way of Death

Book - 2012
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Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually.

From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Nature’s inspiring death-to-life cycle

When a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his “green burial” at Bernd Heinrich’s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away from—field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies of ravens, “the premier northern undertakers”; and the “inadvertent teamwork” among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turning—not dust to dust—but life to life.



Baker & Taylor
"Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually" --

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The award-winning author of The Mind of the Raven describes his investigation into the animal world's treatment of death to glean ecological and spiritual lessons, from animal burial and prey disposal behaviors to the important role of humans as scavengers. 20,000 first printing.
Describes the animal world's treatment of death, from animal burial and prey disposal behaviors to the important role of humans as scavengers.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 9780547752662
Branch Call Number: 591.7 HEI
Characteristics: xiv, 236 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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Nov 15, 2017

The curiosity, childlike playfulness, compassion, and wonder that the author has is reflected and glows through every chapter. (And he is also a serious scientist!) I was most surprised by the mention of there being 84 000 chemicals in industrial use in the USA, one fifth of which has unknown environmental effects because the chemicals themselves are considered trade secrets (page 95); that means that one can invent a chemical (or just use an already known chemical), call it a trade secret, and never have to worry about environmental regulations (easy money!). I left out a couple of qualities: courage (would you pick up roadkill and put it in your yard to see how the birds and insects react?), and patience (would you be watching and counting and carefully noting the behaviors of insects?). Altogether it gives one encouragement to undertake such research oneself.

Ham625 Sep 03, 2014

Almost a religion. Profound.

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