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Mind of the Raven

Mind of the Raven [Kindle Edition]

Bernd Heinrich
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Beyond croaking, "Nevermore," what exactly do ravens do all day? Bernd Heinrich, biology professor at the University of Vermont and author of Ravens in Winter, has spent more than a decade learning the secrets of these giants of the crow family. He has observed startlingly complex activities among ravens, including strong pair-bonding, use of tools, elaborate vocal communication, and even play. Ravens are just plain smart, and we can see much of ourselves in their behavior. They seem to be affectionate, cranky, joyful, greedy, and competitive, just like us. And in Mind of the Raven, Heinrich makes no bones about attributing emotions and intellect to Corvus corax--just not the kind we humans can understand. He mostly catalogs their behaviors in the manner of a respectful anthropologist, although a few moments of proud papa show through when he describes the pet ravens he hand-raised to adulthood.

Heinrich spends hundreds of loving hours feeding roadkill fragments to endlessly hungry raven chicks, and cold days in blinds watching wild ravens squabble and frolic. He is a passionate fan of his "wolf-birds," a name he gave them when he made the central discovery of the book: that ravens in Yellowstone National Park are dependent on wolves to kill for them. Mind of the Raven offers inspiring insight into both the lives of ravens and the mind of a truly gifted scientist. --Therese Littleton


“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))


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful wonderful book 11. Juli 1999
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Living in the mountains of colorado, I first became aware of ravens when one followed while I was tracking elk in the back country. It followed me, flying along tree to tree, "talking" to me, cocking its head as if waiting for a reply. With that introduction, I started noticing other odd behavior... huge flocks wheeling, and playing with each other... mimicry of the calls of raptors... and so forth.
I saw this book, and thought: its about time I learn something about the minds of these animals. Why do they do what they do? Well ravens are more interesting than I thought. Makes one wonder why social scavenger-hunters (humans, coyotes, ravens) turn out so clever regardless of where they pop out of the animal kingdom.
BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT... Prof. Heinrich's narrative is totally engaging and entertaining. I found myself laughing over and over gain as he quietly dropped comments about famous ornithologists that have died climbing trees, or the risks involved in demonstrating which bumblebees are edible to one's experimental charges (ie showing young ravens what's good to eat). It becomes very clear ethologists are an interesting species in themselves.
If you're interested in birds, or have ravens around, or generally interested in experimental ethology: this one is among the best
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To compare this book to Heinrich's "A Year in the Maine Woods", is to compare apples to oranges. "Mind of the Raven" is more, a continuation of the thought-provoking analysis the author began in his earlier work, "Ravens in Winter". "Mind of the Raven" carries us many steps farther in understanding, as an intriguing account of the on-going evaluation of these impressive birds' mental agility and singular place in nature. Heinrich takes us not only to the woods of Maine, but to Germany, California, the Artic, and Yellowstone Park, while he examines those qualities which define Ravens as a unique but adaptive species in a changing environment. Heinrich shares with us the scientific and personal experiences which reveal Ravens both as individuals, and as members of a complex but flexible social order scientists are only begining to understand. "Mind of the Raven" is not a dry, technical journal, and while not "light" reading, it is certainly comfortable reading. Heinrich's writing style is refreshingly "open". The book is, in the end, as revealing about the process of scientific fieldwork, success and failure, and the perserverance of an inquisitive mind as it is about Ravens. I would recommend "Mind of the Raven" to anyone interested in the continuing studies of animal intellect and behavior. Additionally, I heartily recommend it to mature young adults with an exceptional interest in these study areas. Heinrich's book reveals that while travel, and many hours of observation in "tight places" may be required to answer particular questions within a given field of science, a great deal may also be learned in our own backyards, with patience and an eye for detail.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Neues von den Kolkraben 25. Februar 2002
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Für alle die seit der „Seele der Raben" auf Neuigkeiten über Corvus corax und aus den Wäldern in Maine warten hat Heinrich ein neues Buch vorgelegt, das unser Bild vom Kolkraben um neue Aspekte ergänzt. Spannend beschreibt er Beobachtungen, Experimente und Exkursionen nach Alaska und Deutschland zu Verhalten, Gruppendynamik, Ernährung, Fortpflanzung und Spieltrieb der Raben. Besonders sind die Betrachtungen zur Kooperation der Raben mit Wölfen und dem Ersatzwolf Mensch, die sich schon in alten Sagen und Mythen finden. Mitreißende Verhaltensforschung und Naturerzählung, humorvoll aber wissenschaftlich korrekt geschrieben, illustriert mit schönen Schwarzweiß-Fotos - ein Genuß bis zur letzten Seite, nicht nur für Rabenfreunde.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Quite Stellar 24. August 1999
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I found this book to be fun to read at times, and I enjoyed learning about this interesting bird. But I found too many loose ends, where Mr. Heinrich gave up on a study before he finished it. A simple remotely controlled video camera would have helped him immensely in his study of wild ravens, but yet, he seemed to never use one and kept accidentally scaring them off. This is one scientist in need of an assistant to cover his works in progress when he has to attend other things. Several times, he mentioned studies that were ruined because he had to leave. All I can say is; I hope he gets more funding or finds someone to help him. He seems to have made some inroads in understanding ravens, it would be sad if this is all he did with his studies.
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Well never find proof for the existence of consciousness by picking the animal apart, or by looking at its parts in isolation. &quote;
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knew an educated lady, banded by Phi Beta Kappa, who told me that she had never heard or seen the geese that twice a year proclaim the revolving seasons to her well-insulated roof. Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of less worth? &quote;
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These results showed that breeding in ravens is a privilege of the select few, and that privilege is not easily acquired. &quote;
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