My name is Jenn and I love corvids. I study wild American crows and am constantly impressed by them, even after years of working with them. My goal on this blog is to spread the corvid love by sharing information and dispelling common myths.

Feel free to ask me anything :)

These are truly some of the most fascinating birds on the planet!

 

Hooray!!

The livestream talk/chat went really well!  We got nearly 1,000 viewers and they had to set up a second viewing location at the lab itself, because the lecture room was full!!  It warms my heart to see so much crow love!!

If you missed the talk and want to see it, it will be available here in a week:  http://bit.ly/BirdTalksArchive

From the FaceBook page of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:”Our livestreaming Monday Night Seminar series returns this coming Monday, when Dr. Kevin McGowan and Dr. Anne Clark will discuss what they’ve learned about the wily American Crow during nearly three decades of field research. Bookmark this link and join us on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. See you there! http://bit.ly/BirdTalks”I will be on the livestream chat, with fellow labmates, answering your questions as well. This is WELL worth your time!!! Hope to see you there!!Please spread the word! :)

From the FaceBook page of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Our livestreaming Monday Night Seminar series returns this coming Monday, when Dr. Kevin McGowan and Dr. Anne Clark will discuss what they’ve learned about the wily American Crow during nearly three decades of field research. Bookmark this link and join us on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. See you there! http://bit.ly/BirdTalks

I will be on the livestream chat, with fellow labmates, answering your questions as well. This is WELL worth your time!!! Hope to see you there!!

Please spread the word! :)

valleah asked
today I spotted a crow walking on a well manicured lawn looking at all sorts of things with his beak wide open the whole time. it was fairly warm here (upper seventies, Fahrenheit) is this something they do when they're hot?

Great observation!  And great question!  Birds do pant to cool themselves! As you can imagine, birds can’t sweat, so panting is a good way to get rid of excess heat.  Panting increases evaporation across moist surfaces, such as those found in the mouth, throat, and lungs, and helps cool the body.  Some birds do “gular fluttering" (rapidly flapping the membranes below the bill to increase evaporative cooling), but that type of thermoregulation is mostly seen in non-passerines.

Here are some photos I have of crows panting on hot days:
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justanothermonstrosity asked
Did you see a baby hatched for the Wellesley ravencam family today? I'm so happy! :D

I didn’t get to see it happen, but I’m so excited!  Yay for hideous altricial offspring!!  Though they will get cute fast.  Can’t wait to see what the parents bring to the nest :)

kittydoggie asked
Love your blog, just wanted to let you know! Corvids rock hardcore!

Awww!!!  Thank you!!!  They do rock!!

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i-fuck-nuns:

corvidblog:

(via Ravens at Wellesley | Wellesley College)
RAVEN CAM GUYS RAVEN CAM RAAAAVEN CAAAAAMMM!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Huh, I thought ravens were much bigger than that? At any rate… RAVEN CAM!

Common ravens range from 950 - 1600g (2 - 3.5lbs), roughly the size of a red-tailed hawk, for scale.  The nests are quite large!  I’m sure it’s just the camera and angle that’s making them seem small to you, plus the huge nest size that is dwarfing them in the images.
We really, really want to get a crow cam going, but we haven’t had the funding to do it in the past :(

i-fuck-nuns:

corvidblog:

(via Ravens at Wellesley | Wellesley College)

RAVEN CAM GUYS RAVEN CAM RAAAAVEN CAAAAAMMM!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Huh, I thought ravens were much bigger than that? At any rate… RAVEN CAM!

Common ravens range from 950 - 1600g (2 - 3.5lbs), roughly the size of a red-tailed hawk, for scale.  The nests are quite large!  I’m sure it’s just the camera and angle that’s making them seem small to you, plus the huge nest size that is dwarfing them in the images.

We really, really want to get a crow cam going, but we haven’t had the funding to do it in the past :(

(via Ravens at Wellesley | Wellesley College)
RAVEN CAM GUYS RAVEN CAM RAAAAVEN CAAAAAMMM!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

(via Ravens at Wellesley | Wellesley College)

RAVEN CAM GUYS RAVEN CAM RAAAAVEN CAAAAAMMM!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

noddytheornithopod asked
Are there any hypotheses on why jays were the only corvids that colonised South America? I find it rather interesting given that Corvus in particular has managed to spread itself so far across the globe.

The most likely explanation is that toucans already filled the niches that Corvus would have occupied, leaving the crows no real opportunity to colonize South America.

Thank you everyone for a great day. We believe the extra “negative” publicity led to our largest amount of entries! -Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club

This is EXACTLY why harassment tactics DO NOT WORK (and note, the page is still on facebook).

I hate to say “I told you so”, but, well, I have a lot of experience dealing with people who hate certain wildlife and want nothing more than to kill copious amounts of them.  It comes with the territory when you study “pest” and predator species.  If you are interested in advocating for wildlife and stopping these mass killing competitions, please refer to my advice in this post.

Once again, PLEASE SUPPORT THE BANNING OF KILLING CONTESTS.  Rip Van Winkle, among other places, is trying very hard to get the bill shot down (pun intended).

Unlike what they would have you believe, banning wildlife killing contests is NOT anti-hunting, nor does it have anything to do with the second amendment.  It has everything to do with ethics and responsibility.  As I’ve said before, real sportsmen/women oppose such contests.

Anyhow, please, please spread the word in support for Bill S.4074 which “Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.”

Thank you.