Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Nature - 432 pages
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Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too.

Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey—from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic—offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.

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User Review  - Zumbanista - LibraryThing

The beginning of this book started off better than the end, in my opinion. It's essentially a compilation of the writer's own painstaking, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes inconclusive research with ... Read full review

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User Review  - jspringbrinkley - LibraryThing

More anecdotal than I was looking for. I was looking for something more scientific and historic, with all the fun trivia bits and such. This was interesting, but it was one guy's story of his own ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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