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...
Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

I am sorry to say that the crows are, like the rest of us, having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that it is in the 70s and raining. Gwen and Stephen have decided that springtime weather requires springtime...
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?...
Taking Selfies with Ruckus

Taking Selfies with Ruckus

Last Friday was “Love Your Lawyer” Day. Since I’m a lawyer and Super Hub loves me, he bought me a new smart phone. Generally I hate cell phones, which is why mine is usually lying under a bed somewhere with a dead battery. But this one is awesome, so...
The Art of the Cache

The Art of the Cache

Crows have a very strong instinct to hide extra food for future use. In fact, blue jays, known for their fondness for acorns, are thought to be responsible for the spread of oak forests. According an article by Carter Johnson and Curtis Adkisson, published in Natural...