To Know the Crow

June 10, 2017 | 4:30 pm

with Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.

Join us to learn more about insights and stories from over a quarter century of crow study. The American Crow is a widespread and familiar bird across North America, but few people know much about its complicated and fascinating life. The crow displays more human-like traits than perhaps any other animal: intelligence, adaptability, sociability, and caring, with strong family values and lifelong bonds. Kevin will discuss the results of his 29-year study of crows, starting with their home and family life. From there he will let the audience decide what comes next, letting them choose from stories about flock life, winter roosts, crow creativity, urban life, crow-human interactions, life history strategies, secret sex lives, or murder and treachery.

The talk is designed to be 45 minutes, will include Q&A from the audience and will take place in the auditorium.

About the Speaker:
Kevin J. McGowan Ph.D.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kevin is a professional ornithologist and avid birder. He is currently the project manager for Distance Learning in Bird Biology in the Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is the instructor for the long-running Home Study Course in Bird Biology (now the revised Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology), the online course Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds, and the Be a Better Birder online tutorials and identification webinars.

Kevin was the co-editor and primary author for the book, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, one of the creators of the Cornell Lab’s All About Birds website, and the former curator of the bird and mammal collections at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates.

He earned his Ph.D. investigating social behavior in Florida Scrub-Jays and has been studying the biology of a population of crows in central New York since 1988. He has followed the life stories of over 2,500 banded individual crows.

Kevin was president of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) in 2003-2005, and a member of New York State Avian Records Committee in 1999-2003. He is currently a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society.