Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kinglets : avian wonder of the North!

Hibernation, torpor, antifreeze and supercool were some of the words bandied around during this morning’s gathering of Leafing Through the Pages, the Sterling Morton Library’s book discussion group. On this appropriately wintery day, we gathered to discuss Bernd Heinrich’s remarkable Winter World : the ingenuity of animal survival.

The depth and breadth of this author’s writings are astonishing! If you are interested in reviewing some of Heinrich’s other publications, please see his curriculum vitae. The Sterling Morton Library has a number of this author’s books in our collection in addition to some of the journal articles cited in his CV.
Interested in learning more about Regulus satrapa
(a.k.a. the Golden-crowned kinglet) featured in this book? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website All About Birds is a good place to start. If you are looking for more in-depth information including details regarding this bird’s distribution, habitat, food habits, vocalizations and behavior, check the series, The Birds of North America, coincidentally found in the Reference Room of the Sterling Morton Library. This series contains extensive, detailed information on birds native to North America. Within this set, you’ll find issue no. 301, (28 pages to be exact!) by James L. Ingold and Robert Galati, exclusively describing this avian wonder of the North.
After reading Heinrich’s book, be prepared to look at the season of winter and kinglets from a totally different perspective!

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