Dog days, raven nights / John M. Marzluff and Colleen Marzluff ; original linocut illustrations by Evon Zerbetz ; foreword by Bernd Heinrich.

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 He...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Authors: Marzluff, John M., (Author), Marzluff, Colleen, (Author)
Other Authors: Zerbetz, Evon, 1960- (Illustrator), Heinrich, Bernd, 1962- (author of foreword.)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2011]
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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." The couple leaves Flagstaff, Ariz. for a remote corner of the American Northeast, where they take up residency in a cabin so tiny that "putting wood in the woodstove at night didn't involve getting out of bed." They're out to determine if vagrant ravens use their "roosts as an information center" and undertake a three-year study that would provide plenty of adventure for the two scientists, especially when it involved procuring food for the captive ravens. Some of the book's most entertaining stories involve chasing across Maine to retrieve "road killed deer and moose" only to often lose the prize to hungry (human) residents. Despite grueling hours of observation, the Marzluffs marvel at small moments such as raven fledglings mud wrestling. The Marzluffs take up dog show and sled competitions to break the monotony of their lives, but not, unfortunately, their book, which starts with great promise but loses charm as the days (and years) drag on. Linocut illustrations; photos. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.