BCR 137: Bernd Heinrich, Preeminent Naturalist, Author and Scientist


Today’s guest is Bernd Heinrich, a preeminent Naturalist Author and Scientist. Bernd is also a noted Professor Emeritus of the University of Vermont; biologist and runner. Bernd taught entomology at the University of California, Berkley in the 70’s and biology and zoology at the University of Vermont until 2004. His well-regarded research work in the comparative physiology and behavior of insects is reflected in hundreds of scientific papers. He has written and published 21 popular books on various natural history subjects, drawing on years of original research for his subject matter. Bernd still spends as much time as possible in the North Woods.

Show Notes:

  • As the son of noted Ichneumon-expert Gerd Heinrich, you grew up in a household tuned into scientific study. How did this nurture your schooling and career choice?
  • In the 1980’s you participated in a number of significant distance running events including marathons and ultra marathons. How does a patient scientific observer integrate with performance athleticism?
  • Your writings reminds me of the work of Niko Tinbergen from 1953.
  • The Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-Birds (HarperCollins, 1999) is one of your better-known works.
  • You said in Life Everlasting, “I have known many Ravens and never met one I didn’t like.”
  • E. O. Wilson declared of Summer World.
  • Life Everlasting, The Animal Way of Death, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
  • Documentary film 2011 titled “An Uncommon Curiosity: at home & in nature with Bernd Heinrich.”
  • 2018 The Naturalist at Large by my count is your 21st book.
  • Golden-crowned Kinglets.
  • The American Chestnut tree.
  • Arctic bumblebee.
  • Story of the Diabolical Nightjar.
  • “Seeing the Light in the Forest”



Mentioned In Episode:

BCR 192: Bernd Heinrich, White Feathers

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