If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ONE.
I’d be pleased if author/professor Bernd Heinrich saw my raven pictures and was so intrigued he came by for a visit. I’d have made such progress with the local corvids by then, I’d step out on the porch and call “Raven!” and soon we’d see them sailing over the fields toward us. Mr. Heinrich would be delighted when the birds come in for a landing on my lawn. I’ll help him conduct some experiments to test the raven’s problem solving abilities. Maybe we’ll hang some meat from a string on a perch and watch them figure out how to get to it. It won’t be long before they’re reeling it by beak and by foot.
He might like to go hiking in the forest, to look for the raven’s nest. When we find it, he’ll climb 100 feet up the treetop to examine the nest and contents. He won’t be deterred by wind or snow. I’ll wait down below and examine the area below the nest to see what the ravens have thrown out.
Mr. Heinrich might want to get up early the next morning and hide in a blind before sunrise with a notepad and a thermos of hot coffee. He’ll quietly spend the day observing the raven’s behavior at a carcass where they’re feeding. He’ll note the number of times the ravens say CAW! and how many times they say KKRRRR! or RAAWK! He’ll see the ravens telling other ravens where the food is, unlike other animals who like to keep food sources a secret.
I wouldn’t be allowed to sit in the blind. I wouldn’t be able to keep quiet and let him do his work.
I’m sure the professor would enjoy observing my raven friends. I’d know I’d enjoy observing Mr. Heinrich.
A film about Bernd Heinrich
Books by Bernd Heirich
University of Vermont Bernd Heinrich, Professor, Emeriti