Dog Days, Raven Nights by John M. Marzluff, Colleen Marzluff & Bernd Heinrich

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Twenty years ago, fresh out of graduate school and recently married, John and Colleen Marzluff left Arizona for a small cabin in the mountains of western Maine. Their mission: to conduct the first-ever extensive study of the winter ecology of the Common Raven under the tutelage of biologist Bernd Heinrich. Drawing on field notes and personal diaries, they vividly and eloquently chronicle their three-year endeavor to research a mysterious and often misunderstood bird assembling a gigantic aviary, climbing sentry trees, building bird blinds in the forest, capturing and sustaining 300 ravens as study subjects, and enduring harsh Maine winters in pursuit of their goal. They also shared the unique challenges and joys of raising, training, and racing the sled dogs that assisted them in their work. Accompanied by Evon Zerbetz's lovely linocut illustrations, Dog Days, Raven Nights is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the adventures of field science and an insightful exploration of the nature of relationships, both animal and human.
 

About John M. Marzluff, Colleen Marzluff & Bernd Heinrich

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John M. Marzluff is professor of wildlife science, College of the Environment, University of Washington. Colleen Marzluff is an expert in the raising and training of sled dogs and herding dogs. They live in Snohomish, WA. Evon Zerbetz is an artist in Ketchikan, AK.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Yale University Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Though authors faced major adjustments—lack of amenities, a three-year budget of only $50,000, the demanding physical environment of Maine—three years later, not only had they thrived on the challenge, but their dog family grew to five and Colleen had become an expert at raising and training sled...

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The Marzluffs' story appeals to the adventurer in us all: they set off to "apply...life's training to understand a new world," specifically that of "The Common Raven...an often reviled, jet-black scavenger."

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"Dog Days, Raven Nights" recounts their three years at the aviary, conducting controlled experiments to explain a behavior that Mr. Heinrich had earlier observed among wild ravens.

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"Dog Days, Raven Nights" recounts their three years at the aviary, conducting controlled experiments to explain a behavior that Mr. Heinrich had earlier observed among wild ravens.

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Their mission: to conduct the first-ever extensive study of the winter ecology of the Common Raven under the tutelage of biologist Bernd Heinrich.Drawing on field notes and personal diaries, they vividly and eloquently chronicle their three-year endeavor to research a mysterious and often ...

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