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Earth Day: How You Can Help Corvids

Earth Day is dedicated to celebrating the lands, waters and animals that we care for the most. It is also a day to honor those people who care so deeply for nature and for the future of our natural world. That is why we wish to thank you for supporting this cause.  You have helped to build a community of caring individuals that use their unique voices...


Keeping Company With the Crows

It isn't just the crow's size or its air as God's lieutenant; it's not only that it boasts size and sheen. It's the bird's warrior way, its braggart confidence, its manner of issuing orders without hesitation in a voice imperative enough to be heard on the next block, insisting before the sun is fully up that everything living ought to arise, fit for the battle, or...


“Just Ask Crow”

There are many stories on the internet about the "borrower" phenomenon, or disappearing object phenomenon (DOPler effect). In these cases, a commonly used object goes missing and the owner searches in vain for it everywhere. Then later - sometimes hours, sometimes days or even weeks later - the object inexplicably reappears, either in an obvious spot that had been searched before, or in some impossible location. In...


Yata-Garasu – The Ravens of Japanese Myth

One of the oldest symbols in Japanese mythology is the 3-Legged Bird, called Yatagarasu (八咫烏) in Japanese. This legendary bird was said to have led the Emperor Jimmu from Kumano no kuni (熊の国), which is present-day Wakyama Prefecture, to Yamato no kuni (大和国), which is present-day Nara Prefecture. The three-legged (or "tripedal") bird is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of Asia, Asia Minor,...


The Crow Conglomerate (Pt.2)

Part 2 of the insightful Crow Conglomerate editorial."The other day I was having lunch with an important crow in the park—me sipping from a drinking fountain while he ate peanuts taken from a squirrel. In between sharp downward raps of his bill on the peanut shell to poke it open, he drew me out with seemingly artless questions. Sometimes the wind would push the shell to...


The Crow Conglomerate (Pt. I)

Lately, I’ve been working for the crows, and so far it’s the best job I ever had. I fell into it by a combination of preparedness and luck. I’d been casting around a bit, looking for a new direction in my career, and one afternoon when I was out on my walk I happened to see some crows fly by. One of them landed on a...