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Dog Days, Raven Nights Hardcover – 4 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300167113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300167115
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating and beautifully written book... They give a good account of their studies, and while theydon't claim to have found definitive answers to all questions, they have 'opened the door' to future research. And they've opened another door, as hoped, welcoming a wide reading audience too."-Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times -- Irene Wanner The Seattle Times

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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.

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By davydavi on 19 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book being interested in birds and having read reviews in BBC Nature magazine.
The book to me attempted to do too many things. I was intersted in the main research on Ravens and their social structure and only midly interested in the dogs as pets and how they behaved.
To me it could have been written in a more interesting and upbeat way. I did stick with the book all the way through and because I have an interest in Birds the book had sufficient hold on me to do so.
I passed the book on to a friend who complained that it was heavy going in places. Perhap the authors (both academics) might have been better having it ghost written by someone who could have lightened it up as it is a reasonable story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dog Days and Raven Nights 2 April 2011
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A remarkable book that is a "must read" for anyone interested in nature, rural life in Maine and the commararderie between birds, dogs and people. This book opens a whole new world into the communication tools ravens use with each other. Elaine in Mill Creek, WA
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid science in an entertaining read 12 Jan. 2013
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Between the entertaining writing and the great illustrations and pictures, this account of scientific research (mostly) read more like a novel than a text book.

I was also fascinated by the accounts of sled dogs and dogsledding. So nifty!

Most of the raven behaviors analyzed can be called "enlightened self-interest" more than "altruism", which is an interesting datum about a species I'm fascinated with. I don't live where there are ravens; I've had many years of crow-watching, though, and mostly the crows seem to be more altruistic. (The exception is cheese. If I put cheese out for the crows, they tend to gobble and cache it all individually before recruiting others- mostly their immediate family- to the feeder. Funny!) Perhaps crows are more social because they are individually smaller and less formidable?

Anyway- this is a great book! The genetic analysis of both ravens and sled dogs is not- according to things I've read- quite as clear as they make it out here, but that's a minor quibble.

You'll have fun reading this book if you have any interest in the subject matter, and will learn a lot!

Plus- GREAT illustration!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Interesting book. 3 May 2011
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Books so far is very fun to read. Any adult and child would enjoy reading this. Appears to be non-fiction but makes reads like a fiction because of the adventure and fantasy style of writing. Something about the illustrations made the book more imaginative, whimsical and fun. Will follow up with more after I read the whole book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous research and life stories 27 Sept. 2013
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A must read for anyone interested in birds, wildlife, Maine and the wild in general, not to mention the vicissitudes of academic trials and tribulations. I love, Maine, birds and dogs so this was a, no brainer.
Dog Days, Raven Nights was well written and gave ... 12 Oct. 2014
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Dog Days, Raven Nights was well written and gave a lot of information about the specific experimental ways the scientists conducted their experiments to learn many things about raven behavior. The dogs were used as entertainment for the scientists who entered them in sled dog races when they took time away from watching the ravens.
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