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Dog Days, Raven Nights [Hardcover]

John Marzluff , Colleen Marzluff
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4 Mar 2011
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.

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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: 24 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,526,747 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

About the Author

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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3.0 out of 5 stars good subject matter but 19 Sep 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Days and Raven Nights 2 April 2011
By E. Teel - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid science in an entertaining read 12 Jan 2013
By Cissa - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. 3 May 2011
By SKK - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous research and life stories 27 Sep 2013
By Mycv - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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