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

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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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"An amazing book by an amazing author. Heinrich has documented a level of intelligence and social sophistication rarely even dreamed to exist in birds."-- Edward O. Wilson"Heinrich has a rare ability to embed dense scientific explications within graceful, lightfooted nature writing. . . . The mind of Bernd Heinrich is a big, antic thing, like a raven, and meant to live outdoors." -- David Quammen, "New York Times Book Review""Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer. . . . No definition of God has ever made me feel as comfortable, small and important in the universe as Heinrich's insight into the mind of the raven."-- "Los Angeles Times Book Review""I have read Bernd's book and find that it is captivating, for it sheds light not only on the mind of the raven, one of the most intelligent creatures in nature, but also on the mind of Bernd Heinrich, one of the most insightful and original biologists on earth."-- Tom Seeley, professor of biology, Cornell University"Mind of the Raven combines a compelling exploration of the nature of consciousness with an unremittingly delicious jaunt in the woods.... Heinrich is a grand storyteller."-- "Baltimore Sun""Bernd Heinrich writes with great authority and enthusiasm about the union of curiousity and science. The result is a wonderfully entertaining book about ravens and theexcitement of discovery." -- John Alcock, author of "Sonoran Desert Summer""For a long time the mental experiences of animals were forbidden territory for scientists, but Heinrich's critically cautious observations, experiments, and ideas have opened our eyes and our minds to the richness of ravens' behavior."-- Donald R.Griffin, author of "Animal Minds""Fascinating science and brilliant writing. Bernd Heinrich has done it again.-- Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, department of biological sciences, Stanford University

"A compelling exploration of the nature of consciousness with an unremittingly delicious jaunt in the woods.... a grand storyteller."--Baltimore Sun

"An amazing book...a scientist and naturalist of the first rank...a nature writer of uncommon talent."--Edward O. Wilson

"Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Heinrich has a rare ability to embed dense scientific explications within graceful, lightfooted nature writing."--David Quammen, New York Times Book Review

"Heinrich brings alive the romance of field research...A splendid book."--Library Journal (starred review)

An amazing book...a scientist and naturalist of the first rank...a nature writer of uncommon talent. --Edward O. Wilson"

Heinrich has a rare ability to embed dense scientific explications within graceful, lightfooted nature writing. --David Quammen, New York Times Book Review"

Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

A compelling exploration of the nature of consciousness with an unremittingly delicious jaunt in the woods.... a grand storyteller. --Baltimore Sun"

Heinrich brings alive the romance of field research...A splendid book. --Library Journal (starred review)"

About the Author:

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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