Zoom Program Friday Dec. 11 Live at 7:30pm

Of Ravens, Wolves and People

LCAS and the Eugene Natural History Society are cosponsoring a Zoom program by John Marzluff  "Of Ravens, Wolves and People."

John Marzluff is a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington (Go Dawgs). His talk will report on the travels of ravens as they forage among wolves, pumas, and people.

He has studied how humans affect birds through habitat fragmentation and increased urbanization, as well as the challenges of conserving birds on islands. Currently he is focusing on the habits of common ravens in Yellowstone National Park. Some ravens in the park commute long distances to exploit human and canine hunters, agricultural subsidies, sewage ponds, and dumps. Travels of 60 miles per day are not unusual. Others beg at picnic grounds and pullouts. One rings a bell for roast beef at the home of a tavern waitress. 

He has written or co-written six books about birds, most focusing on his favorites, the crows and ravens. While his work has focused primarily on corvids (ravens, crows, and jays), he has also worked with falcons and hawks throughout the world. Conversely, he is interested in all the ways that birds affect people. How, for instance, birds influence art or language.

In addition to his research, he has written several popular science books about crows, including: Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans. His latest books take a broader look at avian issues: Welcome to Subirdia considers how birds respond to urbanization and what we can do to keep them in our neighborhoods; In Search of Meadowlarks explores the challenge of providing sustainable food for our growing human population while also conserving nature on the farm. In recognition of his work, he has been awarded the H.R. Painton Awards from the Cooper Ornithological Society, as well as the Washington State Book Award for general non-fiction.

The Zoom meeting will open at 7 pm, to prepare for the program portion of the meeting, set to begin at 7:30 pm. This is to make sure everyone has enough time to get properly connected. First-time Zoom users should join at the earlier time, in case they encounter glitches that require assistance. We plan to use this Zoom link for the remainder of ENHS meetings. However, please double-check each time to make sure the link hasn’t changed at eugenenaturalhistorysociety.org. Type in the following link to join the audience for the December presentation: zoom.us/j/97499095971

Attached are links to items published recently in Science about intelligence in crows and other birds. The more we get to know about the intelligence of crows and ravens, in particular, the more fascinating these dark birds become. The research might interest you. The research reported on in the items isn’t by Marzluff.

•  science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1626

•  science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/eabc5

•  science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1567

Event Type: 
Location: 
Live on Zoom
Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:30pm