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Nature Book Club: January 2023

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Welcome to Nature Book Club! Here we will share what our book club is reading each month!

January 2023: Winter Adaptations

In January, our Nature Book Club members explored books themed around winter adaptations! The following is the book list presented during this month’s book club:

  • The Ecology of Insect Overwintering. By S.R. LeatherK.F.A. Walters and J.S. Bale.
    Insect overwintering is a fascinating process involving many physiological, epidemiological, biochemical and behavioral changes. The study of the overwintering process can offer an insight into the development of insects, as well as help us predict the patterns of disease epidemic and crop destruction caused by some species. This book provides a comprehensive account of the various forms of insect overwintering and highlights important areas of economic interest … read more
  • Summertime Sleepers: Animals That EstivateBy Melissa Stewart, illustrations by Sarah S. Brannen.
    A children’s book about animals that estivate–a prolonged sleep during hot or dry periods … whether it’s because warm weather threatens food supply or to avoid increased body temperatures. From the ladybug to the salamander, from the lungfish to the desert hedgehog, twelve estivating animals and their habits … read more
  • Aiviq: Life With Walruses. By Paul Souders.
    ‘Aiviq: Life with Walruses’ features stunning wildlife photography by acclaimed photographer Paul Souders accompanied by first-hand accounts from people living alongside this enormous Atlantic sea mammal … read more

Other books and resources that were mentioned during book club this month:

  • How Do Birds Survive The Winter? By Bernd Heinrich, illustrations by Megan Bishop. Article in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s All About Birds online guide to birds and birdwatching
    It seems logical that most birds flee the northern regions to overwinter somewhere warmer, such as the tropics. Their feat of leaving their homes, navigating and negotiating often stupendous distances twice a year, indicates their great necessity of avoiding the alternative—of staying and enduring howling snowstorms and subzero temperatures … read more

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