The Geese of Beaver Bog
|Rating||:||4.27 (906 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
The story begins and ends with Peep, a goose who hatched from an egg on Heinrich's lawn and adopted Heinrich's family as her own. From Publishers Weekly Arguably today's finest naturalist author, Heinrich follows up his magnificent Winter World (2003) with a smaller-scale but delightful narrative of his recent observations on the Canadian geese that have colonized the beaver bog near his Vermont home. Other geese come and go, as Heinrich rushes from his house to the bog, often before dawn, scrupulously studying this incident or that, always tying in what he sees with scientific knowledge, relying particularly on Konrad
Dale S. Antonevich said Wonderful. This was a wonderful journey! I raise ducks and there are some similarities in their habits, so I could not put the book down. Berend tells a wonderful story about a bond between himself and the geese. A great read.. A scientist's eye and a writer's eloquence The serendipitous adoption of a gosling sparked several years' close observation of her species as they nested in the bog near biologist Heinrich's Vermont home.The bog itself, with its variety of teeming life, provides a rich background community, illuminated by Heinrich's breadth of knowledge, curiosity and eloquence. Heinrich's ever-present sense of wonder ("Winter World," "Mind of the Raven") animates his keen scientific eye, quickening a corresponding fascination in the reader.His observations of geese, "peripheral to swamp watching," began in 1997 when a pair of Canada geese nested on a hummock in the beaver pond where Heinri. Loved it! This is an intimate story of Heinrich's relationship with a hatchling Canada goose he raises who later voluntarily goes to the wild. She later returns to him and the marsh and he begins studying her and other pairs of geese. If you like geese or are interested in wild animal behaviour this is a must read. It is written in an emotional style that I just couldn't put down. He is such an expert at understanding animal behaviour. At the back of the book he discusses Conrad Lorenz' book: Year of the Greylag Goose which I had read years before.
Good-natured, spirited Peep drew Heinrich into her world -- one he found to be filled with as much color and drama as that of her human counterparts.And so, with a scientist's training and a nature lover's boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, Heinrich set out to observe and understand the travails and triumphs of the Canada geese, or honkers, living in the beaver bog adjacent to his rural Vermont home. In the summer of 1998, award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich found himself the unwit