Crows are cool and other bird facts


January 30, 2019

THIS ONE’S A HUNTER – This gyrfalcon was brought by Sue Hanneman, of Airstrike Bird Control. – Photo courtesy of Bobbi Krebs-McMullen

Some people grow up looking into the heavens wondering if there is intelligent life out amongst the stars, but Dr. Kaeli Swift thought intelligence was for the birds, literally. A wildlife scientist, she studies cognitive behavior in birds, in the Corvid family.

What kind of birds are in the Corvid family? Keynoting the La Conner Birding Showcase Saturday, she told the over 200 person audience that the common American crows, ravens, magpies and jays are all in the same family. Many heads nodded as Swift retold stories of crows bringing gifts of shiny objects to the people who feed them. She...

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