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avatar Bird Brains
December 28, 2009 11:41PM
Love the (very true) comment directly below the video:
http://stevebass.posterous.com/how-smart-is-a-crow-very

Related, recommended reading:
http://www.greenmuze.com/reviews/books/231-bird-brains.html
avatar Re: Bird Brains
December 29, 2009 11:48AM
While much younger and living in a very rural area I used to try to shoot at crows in a large maple tree where they would congregate at 5:00AM on summer mornings waking us up. I would go out the front door, sneak quietly around to the rear and ever so carefully poke my head around the corner to take aim. The crows, about 300' away, would become immediately aware of my presence and take flight.

Whenever you see crows feeding on the ground they will always have at least one lookout high in a tree ready to sound the alarm in event of perceived danger.
avatar Re: Bird Brains
January 02, 2010 01:20PM
Crows as Clever as Great Apes, Study Says

Recommended reading: Ravens in Winter and Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich.

Raven mimicry of the human voice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTDn2FMg0J8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZyBNWVD70w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOVYMQP7gMM

Crows using traffic to crack walnuts (video)

What do Van Gogh, Shakespeare, the Hopi and Kayukon People, Mark Twain, and the rock band The Counting Crows have in common? They all draw inspiration from some of our most common, but least understood birds: the crow and the raven. Dr. John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, leads us on an investigation of the inspiration of ravens on people and our effects on these adaptable birds.

Dedication Ceremony for the UAS Raven Sculpture

With remarks from UAS Chancellor John Pugh, Artwork & Artist Selection Committee member Alice Tersteeg, Artist & UAS Alumna Lisa Rickey, and UAS Alumni & Friends Treasurer Jerry Burnett.

Recorded September 12, 2008
Sponsored by: University of Alaska Southeast
Produced by: UAS Video Production Services
© 2008 University of Alaska Southeast

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes


In the Company of Ravens (as uploaded on Youtube)

PBS documentary, NATURE'S Ravens (clips available on site)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/02/2010 01:26PM by ulogoni.
avatar Re: Bird Brains
January 07, 2010 09:24PM
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ulogoni
Recommended reading: Ravens in Winter and Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich.

Dr. John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, leads us on an investigation of the inspiration of ravens on people and our effects on these adaptable birds.

Dedication Ceremony for the UAS Raven Sculpture
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes


In the Company of Ravens (as uploaded on Youtube)



Ulogoni, thanks much for all the nice links. (Note: Savage's book makes frequent references to Bernd Heinrich's work.)

For anyone intimidated by the 1:46:24 running time of the YouTube video,
John Marzluff's seminar: 6:30 - 57:15
Q&A period: 57:15 - 1:19:45

P.S. Would love to have that 25 ft. raven sculpture sitting in my front yard. (The canyon where I live has a substantial crow and raven population and I'm sure that they would appreciate it.)
avatar Re: Bird Brains
January 07, 2010 09:26PM
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szalkowski
(The canyon where I live has a substantial crow and raven population and I'm sure that they would appreciate it.)

Appreciate it by turning it white?
avatar Re: Bird Brains
January 07, 2010 09:41PM
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szalkowski
(The canyon where I live has a substantial crow and raven population and I'm sure that they would appreciate it.)

Appreciate it by turning it white?


Cultural expressions of gratitude vary.
avatar Re: Bird Brains
January 08, 2010 06:18AM
Ewe have my deepest gratimatude



(I can do a flyby--Udder birds love my pink plumage)



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