Dog Days, Raven Nights Hardcover – 4 Mar 2011
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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" (06/07/2011)"
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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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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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!
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