Bernd 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, at once lyrical and scientific.
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by Bernd Heinrich
by John Erickson
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"The calls of ravens even enter Bernd Heinrich's dreams. As he studies the four ravens he adopted, the Maine scientist comes to consider them individuals who make conscious choices. Narrator Norman Dietz infuses his reading with Heinrich's curiosity and pride toward his birds as he delves into how ravens communicate and interact with each other and with other creatures, including wolves and humans. A gentle sense of humor comes through in the anecdotes, as when he tells of friends who keep a raven in the house or ravens who experience a mirror. These moments keep one listening through the author's research activities such as measuring raven skulls and watching them at "meat piles." Heinrich's writing entertains as he builds the case that the big brains of ravens are well used. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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