The Great Nest-Build of 2017 Has Begun

The Great Nest-Build of 2017 Has Begun

When it comes to breeding, Gwen is absolutely consistent. It can be 75 degrees in February or raining cats and dogs in April, she does not budge. Nest-building commences when she says it does—namely to coincide with a Memorial Day hatch date. The countdown has begun....

Chasing Stephen Crowbert

I volunteered for the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for three years and netting the birds in the flight cage was always the same: get the birds flying, hold up the net, wait until the bird flew into the net, twist to prevent escape, and lower the net to the ground....
Secondary Reinforcer For The Win

Secondary Reinforcer For The Win

The standard reward for an animal who successfully follows a command is generally a treat because, as the they say in the training biz, animals are “food oriented.” The problem with giving crows a treat is that they decide it must be cached, thereby losing...
Ruckus Opines on Cellular Technology

Ruckus Opines on Cellular Technology

Ruckus is still not sure what she thinks about my new phone. But she seems to recognize herself when it’s in selfie mode. At least seeing herself in the camera produced a long soliloquy about something—the the many dimensions of corvid superiority, perhaps?...
Ruckus Battles A Demon Crow

Ruckus Battles A Demon Crow

Now the the weather has turned cold and nasty, Ruckus and I have retreated inside. Our Girl has discovered to her horror that somehow a crow has invaded the bathroom. Rest assured that she is taking all necessary measures to drive it away. According to Gifts of the...