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March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nature Night: The Inner Lives of Crows – Complex Behaviors, Funerals and Play

Crows thrive in human dominated landscapes, living their lives adjacent to our own and inspiring feelings of deep admiration and occasionally frustration. In this Nature Night, corvid expert Kaeli Swift, PhD will take you inside the lives of crows. Based on her years of research, Kaeli will share insights into their complex social structures, ability to problem-solve, use complex tools, recognize human faces, and even host funerals for their dead. Join us and see this backyard bird in an entirely different light.

For registration questions, please contact Matthew Hushbeck, mhushbeck@birdallianceoregon.org

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Two crows cawing on the tops of trees.
American Crows, photo by Hayley Crews

About Kaeli Swift

Kaeli Swift, PhD is a lecturer at the University of Washington. Since 2012, she has been researching crows and other corvids (jays, magpies, and ravens). She has conducted field-based research observing wild crows, and non-invasive/non-lethal functional imaging studies aimed at understanding the crows’ brain. Her research has been published in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and Biosphere.


March 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Alberta Abbey
126 NE Alberta St.
Portland, 97211 United States
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