BCR 192: Bernd Heinrich, White Feathers

Bernd Heinrich, a preeminent Naturalist, Author and Scientist. Bernd is also a noted educator, biologist and runner. Today we will be talking with Bernd about his latest book scheduled for release today Feb 18, 2020 called “White Feathers, The Nesting Lives of Tree Sparrows” by Bernd Heinrich, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. The book is centered on a research journey that provided answers about the rich lives of tree swallows during nesting season.

The book we are discussing was compiled from observations and notes made from 9 consecutive Tree Swallow nesting seasons each lasting approximately 2 months per year. The observations are arranged yearly and progress in a linear fashion through each season.

Show Notes:

  • A spark is required to ignite a line of pursuit
  • Typical nesting cycle of a Tree Swallow
  • Experiments with feathers from a goose carcass
  • Feather offering and feather play
  • Conclusions or suppositions
  • Tree Swallows are birds of the sky
  • Various vocalizations that you noted indicated different behaviors
  • Determining who’s who in complex relationships is a vital

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

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