A Fascinating Documentary on Crows, One of the World's Smartest Animals

There's no better way to celebrate Halloween than by snuggling up with this mesmerizing PBS documentary, A Murder of Crows, first aired in 2010 and now available free online. We actually get to see some of the experiments that offered solid evidence that crows are breathtakingly smart tool users. » 10/31/14 4:15pm 10/31/14 4:15pm

Learn How To Be A Better Wildlife Photographer

You don't have to travel far to shoot decent wildlife photos. Other than spending some time practicing at the zoo or with your pets, why not take your camera to a nearby park or hiking trail? Birds and squirrels and lizards and the like may not be as charismatic as zebras or pandas, but they make for interesting… » 3/29/14 2:15pm 3/29/14 2:15pm

What Can Crows and Ravens Teach People About Resisting Temptation?

By now you probably know about Walter Mischel's famous 1972 marshmallow task, which used the tasty snacks to measure impulse control in children. What you might not know is why marshmallows can help us better understand what it means to be human. A new study, in which crows and ravens were subjected to a version of… » 3/12/14 4:09pm 3/12/14 4:09pm

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. Now, the first study of how abstract reasoning works in these birds' brains could shed light on how intelligence works in a truly alien, non-mammal brain. » 12/16/13 5:03pm 12/16/13 5:03pm

How did crows develop a social safety net?

A lot of crows come to my backyard looking for peanuts, but this group of five was different. They were scrappy, with tattered white bits of down sticking out from between their black feathers. One of them made a cry more like a bleat than your typical caw caw! And then I discovered them doing something extraordinary. » 10/01/13 4:06pm 10/01/13 4:06pm

Corvids: The Birds Who Think Like Humans

Someday I will come up with a good reason why I am friends with the neighborhood crows. For now, I can say that it started when I looked up from my office window to see this big flock of crows hanging out on the roof of an apartment building nearby. I had heard that these creatures, part of a larger family of birds… » 12/18/12 3:22pm 12/18/12 3:22pm