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Gifts of the Crow / Living with Wildlife

posted Oct 13, 2012, 1:47 PM by Roxie Rochat
We often search out the rare and overlook the common. If you've never really watched crows before, you should read Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John Marzluff and Tony Angell.  This book is available in print and on CD from the Sno-Isle Libraries and provides a fascinating look at research on the intelligence and amazing behavior of corvids -- crows, ravens, and jays. 

Their intelligence can sometimes lead to mischief.  "Living with these potential winged troublemakers is challenging, frightful, and even costly to many people.  But we believe that people should try to discover and address the root cause of corvid trouble before they pull the trigger.  This is ethically appropriate because the crows and ravens that challenge us are sentient beings; we should at least return the favor of using our thought processes." p. 85

If you're having problems with corvids or other species, it often helps to think about the cultural conditions that attract these species and what we can do to prevent conflicts.  Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link is also available from our local library and describes how we can coexist with the animals commonly found around human habitation.  Much of the content can be found on the WDFW website