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Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds (1999)

– tekijä: Bernd Heinrich

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Bernd 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, at once lyrical and scientific.… (lisätietoja)
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Readers will follow Bernd Heinrich as he performs various studies to better understand the behavior of ravens. Each chapter is set to undertake a different angle of study. For every experiment performed, there is information on the tools used and different theories that were presented throughout the experiments.

Taking a look into the life of a biologist was enlightening and I guarantee I would not be able to make it in their world. Bernd Heinrich encounters all manner of environments when studying ravens. There are moments he was required to build blinds out in the middle of the wilderness and endure freezing temperatures to continue his studies. At one point he even has to spend hours locating ravens with a handheld transmitting device that is less than accurate. Crashing through uncharted woods for the sake of science is not my cup of tea, but I applaud the people who are committed to doing things like this to better our understanding of animals.

I will admit that this book was dry at times. I am sure that a reader who has studied biology would appreciate the detail given to the theories and experiments, but I found myself losing interest. This book was written for the most part in an unbiased view, and it was lacking the emotion I’ve read in other books on animal studies.

The stories that captivated me were the ones about tame ravens. Bernd Heinrich made a point to meet ravens that were rescues bonded to human families. It was interesting to read about the comparisons he made to ravens in the wild, and his own ravens he kept for observation. So many behaviors ravens learn are tempered by their environment and learned interactions. They are adaptable and highly intelligent birds.

I do recommend this book to more science-minded people. I think those of us that read it for the sheer fact they want to learn more about ravens might find it a bit slow and tedious as I did. ( )
  Letora | Mar 17, 2020 |
Nature writer and researcher Bernd Heinrich describes several years of his experience with ravens. Based mostly in western Maine, he raises ravens from chicks, observes and experiments with wild ravens, and travels to Germany to collaborate with raven researchers there. He observes things such as how his captive-raised ravens interact with wild ravens, what kind and quantity of food adult ravens feed their babies, and if ravens will notice if you add or remove eggs from their nest.

In contrast with the previous book read for my book club, The Truth About Animals, this is 360 pages of excruciating detail about just one animal. I didn't have a problem with anything about it, but it's just a lot. Heinrich's observations are very thorough, and he's an excellent science communicator. His prose is easy to read, enjoyable, and never jargon-y. The book was enjoyable to read in small chunks but I had to read it quickly for book club and that was not easy. I skimmed a lot. I think the book does a good job of capturing the tedium of scientific research - trying the same thing or slight variations on a thing over and over again to see if you get a different result. Like the science itself, this can be thrilling if the reader is interested in the particular research topic, but I can't recommend more than skimming if you're not. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jan 5, 2020 |
This is one of those books I thoroughly enjoyed but I'm not sure that I would give to others. It's a book about exactly what the title says -- an investigation into the thought processes of ravens, based largely on studies the Heinrich made of both wild ravens he has studied, as well as a number of raven pairs he raised.

It's not primarily a narrative, nor is it really written for the layperson, although I think it is written for the serious birder. Heinrich assumes his readers don't need to be convinced that his enthusiasm for the species is warranted, and he doesn't bother to justify either his own interest or his assumption that his readers share it. Presumably, that's why they are reading his book in the first place: because they are into ravens.

Instead, the book is all about methodology: what hypothesis needs to be tested, and how he does the testing, and what the results confirm or disprove. Do ravens recognize their own eggs by their color? When and why do they hide caches of food? When are strangers tolerated and when not? Do ravens follow wolves and why? Can they problem solve? How much of the problem solving is conscious and how much is just learned behavior?

There is a fair amount of the obsessive scientist to the book that I, for one, found appealing -- at one point he freeze-dries his own scalp with dry ice to see if it will work as a form of freeze-branding. He eats bumblebees to see what they taste like and to see if he'll get stung (he has a theory that ravens find the taste of bumble bees repugnant).

And being an obsessive scientist, he questions everything. He is diligent in picking apart what we see, what we think we see, what motivations we ascribe to a raven, and what can actually be proved. The whole last part of the book, which deals with conscious thought and intention and the reported ability of the raven to plan, deliberately and consciously, for the future -- is really pretty fascinating. It made me think about the nature of thinking, to be honest.

But he's all about the experimental method and the proof. He's not interested in turning his ravens into characters for the reader to become emotionally invested in even though it is clear all of them have what we'd call "personalities." Case in point -- the section where he's trying to determine just how much problem solving is present involves a lengthy description of several ravens and various rocks and pieces of meat dangling on strings. The experiment is repeated multiple times with controlled variations (sometimes, he crosses the strings! whoa!), and, when his write up is rejected by a scientific journal, he repeats this experiment not once, not twice, but something like six different times in order to confront objections his peers have made about his assumptions. We, the readers, get to read about every step of the process. It was awesome.

The end result? I did not start out reading the book being particularly interested in ravens, but damn if I'm not interested now. And Heinrich's general approach to life -- endlessly curious, relentlessly questioning everything he sees -- driven to test his assumptions. Well, in our current age of "fake news" and science hoaxes and social-media-powered conspiracies, I think Heinrich, and the scientists like him, might be a kind of quiet superhero.
2 ääni southernbooklady | Apr 29, 2018 |
New personal rule: If I make it to halfway through a book, I can put it on my "read" shelf instead of my "quitter" shelf.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A BOOK ABOUT RAVENS BORING??

Possibly would be better for actual naturalists; I couldn't slog through any more descriptions of piles of meat in the woods. ( )
  chelseaknits | Dec 14, 2017 |
This became tedious. ( )
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Bernd 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, at once lyrical and scientific.

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