Mind of the Raven

Mind of the Raven

Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds

By Bernd Heinrich

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061136054, 380pp.

Publication Date: May 2007


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.

About the Author
BERND HEINRICHis an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous books, including the best-sellingWinter World, Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and The Homing Instinct.He writes forScientific American, Outside, American Scientist, andAudubon, and has published book reviews and op-eds for theNew York Timesand theLos Angeles Times.Among Heinrich's many honors isthe 2013 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction, forLife Everlasting.

Praise For Mind of the Raven

“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)