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Whether you’re here with specific questions or a general interest, you’re in the right place to learn the science behind one of the globe’s most charismatic and influential groups of birds. I created this blog in 2012 when I was just starting as a graduate student at the University of Washington as a platform to share my own research on crow “funerals” and to answer questions I was regularly fielding from the public. Since that time, my title and area of research has changed, but my passion for corvids and commitment to science communication remains immutable. I hope that by educating the public about these magnificent birds people will not only view them more compassionately, but will appreciate what a valuable connection to the natural world they provide.

No matter your feelings for them, nearly everyone has a story about crows, ravens, jays or magpies—even those people who otherwise feel quite separated from nature.  This connection is not recent one; you need look no further than the religious texts and creations stories of cultures around the world to appreciate our historical fascination with these animals. The fact that some of them are conspicuous and thrive in human dominated environments means that corvids are uniquely accessible animals that offer a wealth of opportunities to connect people of all interests and backgrounds to the natural world. With over half the world’s population living in cities, this kind of accessible connection is more important than ever. So go watch them play, problem solve, bond with their families, cause mischief, inspire mythology, and watch you right back. The questions and stories these observations provide will always be welcome here, and I do my best to answer each message within a few days. So go learn, and let me know what information you’re still hungry for. Welcome to the Corvid Research blog!

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  1. Marcello Milanezi

    I’m just generally a fan of corvids, and became even more so after moving to Iceland, since they are up and down (it’s cats and crows all around here lol)! A few months ago a saw a raven perching by a hot dog stand, looking intently at the food being delivered from the clerk to the passing cars as if to say “hey pal, can you buy me a hot dog?” Hahaha I found out that it sometimes brings the whole family down that stand, as they do feed them there lol Earlier today one landed by the swimming pool where I was with a friend and just stood there for a few minutes, maybe enjoying the steam of the hot pots?
    Anyway, I liked them ever since I was a kid and saw the film The Crow, and this only grew, corvids are certainly amongst my fav animals!

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