The Snoring Bird

The Snoring Bird

My Family's Journey Through A Century of Biology

Book - 2007
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From Bernd Heinrich, the bestselling author of Winter World, comes the remarkable story of his father's life, his family's past, and how the forces of history and nature have shaped his own life. Although Bernd Heinrich's father, Gerd, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities.

In this remarkable memoir, the award-winning author shares the ways in which his relationship with his father, combined with his unique childhood, molded him into the scientist, and man, he is today. From Gerd's days as a soldier in Europe to the family's daring escape from the Red Army in 1945 to the rustic Maine farm they came to call home, Heinrich relates it all in his trademark style, making science accessible and awe-inspiring.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060742157
0060742151
Branch Call Number: B HEINRICH BERND
Characteristics: xvii, 461 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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sess430
May 27, 2014

This memoir reads like an epic novel ~ life, love, fidelity, endurance, war, loss ~ written in evocative prose. In Part 1 Bernd Heinrich relates his early family history. His father, Gerd Heinrich (1896 - 1984), was a naturalist & heir to a large agricultural estate in Prussia (since 1918, Polish). After WWII the Heinrichs fled to the West and lived in a tiny hut in the Hahnheide Nature Reserve, reduced at times to eating fried mice. Part 2 relates the family's new beginning when they moved to a run-down farm near Wilton, Maine. The title of the book refers to a secretive rail that Gerd spent 2 years searching for in Sulawesi. The photos, childhood sketches, etc. greatly enhance this wonderful book.

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fast_eddy
Nov 18, 2011

For anyone interested in the natural world this is a wonderful book.

Also a tale of adventure and escape.

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Capularis
Apr 27, 2011

Interesting biography of a father entomologist and his biologist son.
Seems a bit confused on the Darwin/Wallace debate though...

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