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Crows hide food, showing a complex intelligence

January 17, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Are crows mind readers? Recent studies have suggested that the birds hide food because they think others will steal it a complex intuition that has been seen in only a select few creatures.
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ALWAYS IN SEASON: Behavior of birds varies in spring

March 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A crow settled onto the highest branch of the tallest tree in our shelterbelt Saturday morning, and loudly announced its arrival. Crows are short-distance migrants, and they habitually return to nesting sites they’ve used in the past. Probably, the crow I saw Saturday had spent the winter in Grand Forks, which is a kind of “destination city” for wintering crows. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Behavior of birds varies in spring

March 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A crow settled onto the highest branch of the tallest tree in our shelterbelt Saturday morning, and loudly announced its arrival. Crows are short-distance migrants, and they habitually return to nesting sites they’ve used in the past. Probably, the crow I saw Saturday had spent the winter in Grand Forks, which is a kind of “destination city” for wintering crows. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Could snow geese be as smart as crows?

April 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Which is smarter, a snow goose or a crow? At first blush, this seems like a ridiculous question. In folklore, the goose is regarded as “silly,” and the crow is regarded as wily. But let’s examine the evidence. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: It’s the light,not the heat that hints at spring

March 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Signs of spring abound. One is the quality of light. Days are longer and the sun is stronger, so much that it melts some ice even on the coldest days. Actually, quality of light is the best, and maybe the only important sign of spring, because all the other signs follow.
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