Book Description: From one of the finest naturalist/writers of our time, a fascinating investigation of Natureâ€™s inspiring death-to-life cycleWhen a good friend with a severe illness wrote, asking if he might have his â€śgreen burialâ€ť at Bernd Heinrichâ€™s hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist to investigate a subject that had long fascinated him. How exactly does the animal world deal with the flip side of the life cycle? And what are the lessons, ecological to spiritual, raised by a close look at how the animal world renews itself? Heinrich focuses his wholly original gaze on the fascinating doings of creatures most of us would otherwise turn away fromâ€”field mouse burials conducted by carrion beetles; the communication strategies of ravens, â€śthe premier northern undertakersâ€ť; and the â€śinadvertent teamworkâ€ť among wolves and large cats, foxes and weasels, bald eagles and nuthatches in cold-weather dispersal of prey. Heinrich reveals, too, how and where humans still play our ancient and important role as scavengers, thereby turningâ€”not dust to dustâ€”but life to life.