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Mind of the raven : investigations and adventures with wolf-birds / Bernd Heinrich.

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  • ISBN: 0060930632 (pbk.) :
  • Physical Description: xxi, 380 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Cliff Street Books, 2000.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-371) and index.
Subject: Ravens.
Ravens > Anecdotes.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

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Kirtland Community College Library QL 696 .P2367 H445 2000 30529063 General Collection Available -

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Mind of the Raven : Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
Mind of the Raven : Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
by Heinrich, Bernd
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The common raven, Corvus corax, is the world's largest crow, measuring from 22 to 27 inches long, and it can be found in much of North America. Heinrich, a University of Vermont biologist and illustrator, is the author of The Trees in My Forest, a homage to the rhythms of life in his 300-acre Maine forest, and Ravens in Winter. He has studied ravens at his Vermont home, at his Maine cabin, and as far away as the Arctic. Here, he writes about this highly intelligent bird's fascinating behavior, the result of his observations, experiments, and experiences (including raising young ravens to adulthood, giving them such names as Fuzz and Houdi). This is not a scholarly work but rather a fond tribute to these feathered creatures. --George Cohen

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In a book that demonstrates the rewards of caring and careful observation of the natural world, Heinrich (Ravens in Winter, etc.), a noted biologist, Guggenheim fellow and National Book Award nominee (for Bumblebee Economics, 1979), explores the question of raven intelligence through observation, experiment and personal experience. Although he has raised many ravens through the years (beginning with a tame pair that shared his apartment at UCLA in the 1960s), Heinrich focuses much of his attention on four nestlings he adopted from the Maine woods near his home. As he describes tending to the demanding babies, chopping up roadkill, cleaning up after them and enduring their noisy calls for food, readers will marvel at how much Heinrich knows and at how much joy he derives from acquiring that knowledge. As the birds mature, Heinrich details how these and other ravens feed, nest, mate, play and establish a society with clear hierarchical levels. At its best, his writing is distinguished by infectious enthusiasm, a lighthearted style and often lyrical descriptions of the natural world. His powers of observation are impressive and his descriptionsÄof how a raven puffs its feathers in a dominance display, of how a female calls for food from her mate, of the pecking order at a carcassÄare formidably precise. Toward the end of the book, Heinrich addresses the question implied by the title: To what degree can ravens be said to think? His answer: "I suspect that the great gulf or discontinuity that exists between us and all other animals is... ultimately less a matter of consciousness than of culture." Illustrations. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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This work details Heinrich's (A Year in the Maine Woods) research into the life of ravens. Listeners will experience awe when he encounters them in the wild and in controlled situations and will enjoy the author's discoveries along with him. Norman Dietz narrates, and it is as if the author is recounting the tales. However, the audiobook is 17 hours in length, and there is much more about how the research was conducted than what was learned. If listeners are interested in hearing about research biology, this will be the perfect title, but those looking to hear about the wonder of ravens will have to be patient. VERDICT This is a solid story for those interested in biological research but perhaps not for the casual listener. ["A fine, entertaining book for general readers, as well as an excellent resource for those seeking meticulously gathered and documented scientific information": LJ 12/99 review of the Cliff Street hc.]-Eric Albright, Tufts Univ. Health Sciences Lib., Boston © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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