Here Am I--Where Are You?: The Behavior of the Greylag Goose

Konrad Lorenz, Author, Robert D. Martin, Translator, Michael Martys, Designed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P $26.95 (270p) ISBN 978-0-15-140056-0
Readers who have enjoyed Lorenz's earlier books ( Man Meets Dog ; On Aggression ) may find this study a bit technical, as it appears to be directed more to students in the field than to the general public. Lorenz and his assistants worked with a colony of tame geese that were allowed to fly free. Originally located in Bavaria, the group--geese and people--moved to the Alm River valley of Austria in 1973. In the first part of the book Lorenz introduces individual geese and examines their relationships to other members of the colony. The second part analyzes behavior patterns, from locomotion to communication. Finally, Lorenz, who died in 1989, notes analogies between greylag goose and human behavior. The anecdotes and descriptions of specific geese are entertaining and enlightening. Illustrations. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
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