Experience Nature’s Enchantment with Bernd Heinrich at GWH

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On June 12, Good Will-Hinckley will come alive with stories and insights from one of nature’s keenest observers: Professor Bernd Heinrich!

Professor Heinrich, an illustrious research scientist, author, and illustrator, as well as a proud alumnus of Good Will-Hinckley, is returning to campus to share his lifelong passion for the natural world. As a University of Vermont professor emeritus, Heinrich brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep, personal connection to nature that promises to captivate the audience.

Heinrich’s journey through the natural world is nothing short of extraordinary. From his off-grid cabin in western Maine, a sanctuary he largely built himself, he has penned numerous books such as Winter WorldMind of the Raven, and Life Everlasting.

As he takes the stage, Heinrich will draw us into his world where the physiological marvels of insects and the social intricacies of ravens come to life. His research spans decades and continents, yet it is the local wildlife of Western Maine that often provides the richest stories.

This event is not just a lecture but an invitation to join a community of nature enthusiasts, families, and curious minds in celebrating the mysteries of the natural world. It’s a rare chance to hear firsthand from a man whose life work has been to unravel these mysteries. To reserve your free ticket, click here (space is limited!).

After the presentation, the evening will continue with a reception in the Audubon Gallery at the L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, right here on our Good Will-Hinckley campus. Here, attendees can mingle, share their thoughts, and enjoy the museum’s collections. Tickets are not required for the reception.

For more information about this special event, please contact info@gwh.org


Born on April 19, 1940, in Bad Polzin, Poland, Bernd Heinrich’s life has been a testament to the pursuit of knowledge and the love of nature. After his early education at Good Will-Hinckley, he continued his studies at the University of Maine, earning B.A. and M.S. degrees in Zoology. His academic journey then took him to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1970.

Heinrich’s career has been marked by prestigious positions and accolades. From his early days as a professor of entomology at the University of California, Berkeley, to his influential role at the University of Vermont, he has inspired countless students and colleagues. Fellowships from Guggenheim and Harvard, as well as a von Humboldt Fellowship, have punctuated his career, underscoring his contributions to the study of insect physiology and bird behavior.

Beyond his scientific achievements, it is Heinrich’s ability to translate complex natural phenomena into engaging narratives that sets him apart. His books are not only scientific explorations but also personal reflections that resonate with readers worldwide.