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Author Event Bernd Heinrich

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room
23 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States

Scientist and author Bernd Heinrich will speak about his work on Monday September 26 at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library, as the start of programming around his book The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration, the 2016 Fall Science Read selection. 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? He 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.  Heinrich is professor emeriti of University of Vermont, where his area of expertise is behavioral ecology.

Multiple copies of The Homing Instinct will be available for check out in early September.  For more information call 725-5242 or visit

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