From the acclaimed scientist and writer, essays on ravens and other birds, insects, trees, elephants, and more, collected for the first time in book form-once again "passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science" (New York Times) From one of the finest scientist/writers of our time comes an engaging record of a life spent in close observation of the natural world, one that has yielded "marvelous, mind-altering" (Los Angeles Times) insight and discoveries. In essays that span several decades, Heinrich finds himself at home in his beloved camp in Maine, where he plays host to annoying visitors from Europe (the cluster flies) and more helpful guests from Asia (ladybugs); and as far away as Botswana, where he unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of elephants' bruising treatment of mopane trees. Heinrich turns to his great love, the extraordinary behaviors of ravens, some of them close companions for years. Finally, he asks "Where does a biologist find hope?" while delivering an answer that informs and inspires.
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by Bernd Heinrich
by Bernd H. Schmitt
by Donald L. Miller
by Thomas Piketty
by Robert Dallek
by Stanley Fish
by Kabran Chapek
"If there's such a thing as ideal spring listening, this audiobook is it. Of course, the best essays by renowned naturalist Bernd Heinrich can be enjoyed year-round, but it's a special treat to hear them in May, particularly for those who endure long, cold winters. Narrator Rick Adamson provides a clear, spirited voice that is informative but also captures the author's everlasting sense of wonder. Ranging from 1974 to 2017, these essays, all previously published elsewhere, cover topics ranging from the fascinating behavior of ravens to humankind's relationship with the soil, complete with an amusing digression into the economics of Henry David Thoreau's bean patch. Adamson's affable tone opens the door onto Heinrich's world, and listeners will want to stay there awhile. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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