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Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds (P.S.)


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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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In this paperback reprint of the 1999 original, Heinrich tells stories about ravens, which he has studied both in the wild and in adopted birds. The text is remarkable for the depth and range of observation applied to the birds' lives, habits, and natural history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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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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Jeane, September 9, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Bernd Heinrich shares his lifelong curiosity about ravens. He observe ravens in the wild, and some kept as pets. Most of his work is done with hand-raised birds in large outdoor aviaries. There he devised many experiments- which failed countless times, because the ravens completely foiled him. Heinrich doesn't avoid sharing his errors and frustrations. The personal tone and numerous anecdotes make this book a pleasure to read. It's full of information about raven behavior and biology. Wrapped around all the facts are the author's personal opinions, conclusions and admiration for these fascinating birds.
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Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
Heinrich, Bernd
by Bernd Heinrich
Harper Perennial
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Birds & Birdwatching
Ravens -- Anecdotes.
Birdwatching Guides
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Trade PB
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8.04x5.30x.99 in. .69 lbs.

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