Story posted February 01, 2012
Event date(s): January 01, 2011 — March 01, 2012
Thursday, February 16 7:30 pm
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestselling Winter World, Mind of the Raven, and Why We Run, and has received countless honors for his scientific work. He also writes for Scientific American, Outside, American Scientist, and Audubon; and he has written book reviews and op-eds for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
He studied at the University of Maine and UCLA, and is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont. Heinrich divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.
This talk is free and open to the public.
While most of us couldn't tell one raven from another—big, black, noisy, looks like a crow, right?—Heinrich believes no two are alike. Ravens, like humans, are not "pre-wired" (like, say, ants or bees). Their behavior is spontaneous and evolving as they solve life's problems. "I have often been startled by their enigmatic and seemingly contradictory responses. But the poetry of biology resides hidden in opposing tensions, and the often arduous fun comes from trying to reveal it," Heinrich writes.
— From a review of 'Mind of the Raven' by Julie Buckles