TURNER — Turner Public Library will host author and naturalist Dr. Bernd Heinrich at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the library, 98 Matthews Way. Heinrich will speak on how our relationships and perspectives of nature have and are changing. This program is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous donor.
About Dr. Bernd Heinrich:
Dr. Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including “Winter World,” “Mind of the Raven,” “A Year in the Woods,” “One Wild Bird at a Time,” and “A Naturalist at Large.” Heinrich is professor emeritus of biology at University of Vermont, distinguished by his research work in the comparative physiology and behavior of insects. His many years of research on ravens has culminated in numerous scientific papers on raven behavior and two books that put the research into a broad context.
Bernd Heinrich has won numerous long distance running events and set a number of open U.S. ultramarathon and masters (age 40 and over) records throughout the 1980s. On April 21, 1980, two days after his 40th birthday, he was the first masters finisher at the Boston Marathon. In 1983, he set an absolute American record for the 24-hour run of 156 miles, 1388 yards in a track race in Maine. In 1984, he set an absolute American 100 mile record of 12:27:01, again in a track race. One year later, he set the American track record of 7:00:12 for 100 kilometers. In so doing, he became the only American man to hold both the road and track versions of the American record for the same event. His 12:27:01 for 100 miles and 7:00:12 for 100 kilometers still remained, at the end of 2007, the official American track records.