Crows and Ravens
DescriptionMuch maligned, yet loved birds, the American Crow and Common Raven have complex social lives and amazing intelligence. Crows have been proven to recognize familiar human faces and ravens, honored by Native Americans, is the largest "perching" bird, the size of a hawk. A remarkably adaptable bird, living as a scavenger and predator, it can survive at all seasons in surroundings as different as hot desert and high Arctic tundra. Once driven from much of its eastern range, the raven is now making a comeback and is populating Long Island! Join us tonight and learn about the natural history of these amazing birds.
About the speaker: Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Robinson conducts behavioral and population biology research on birds and has spents decades following American Crows and their lives. His experiences have taken him around the world and include long-term stays on remote islands investigating seabird foraging biology, as well as supporting the well-being of Kākāpō in New Zealand. Dr. Robinson teaches Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology of New Zealand Flora and Fauna at the Mount.