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Film Noir – Creepy Corvid Movies

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Film Noir – Creepy Corvid Movies

If it is raining and gloomy where you are, then it is time to snuggle up in your favorite blanket, make some popcorn, and watch a really good (or awesomely bad) movie to celebrate Halloween. Ravens, Crows, and black feathered birds of all kinds have appeared in movies since film was invented.  Their voices and presence enable the film creators to convey mystery, foreshadowing, doom, danger, and in some cases – hope. Some of the most popular feathered flicks of old include Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds,  Vincent Price in The...

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Raven the Egg Thief

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Raven the Egg Thief

This month’s Zenchilada expands beyond yummy mexican fusion gastronomy and heads into the mystical mind of Beth Surdut. The Santa Fe Raven Artista and Storyteller Extraordinaire, is featured on page 58. She tells an engaging story of friendship and observation, a whimsical study of Raven behavior in her desert home. “The Egg Thief swoops in at least once a day to check on the chicken egg situation. Today, even in the winds so brisk the house was howling, he took one egg of the two I placed on the rock fountain and brought it over...

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A Murder of Crows

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A Murder of Crows

Watch the full episode. See more Nature. PBS is set to premiere their new corvid special A Murder of Crows next Sunday, October 24. Featuring crow experts from around the world,  the show aims to present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before! Topics include face recognition, tool use, complex language, and society. For those of you who do not get PBS shows on a local or cable channel, it should be available to watch online the week following the...

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The Crows Shall Inherit the Earth

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The Crows Shall Inherit the Earth

Animalia is an inter-species fairytale about a girl who is disenchanted with the world and wishes she could fly. She joins the circus only to discover it is a secret military operation. She then runs away to the woods and falls under the spell of a mystical deer. When she becomes an antlered deer-creature, she finally achieves flying powers and enters an ethereal world of hybrid creatures. Animalia began as a multi-media performance created by inter-diciplinary artist C. Ryder Cooley. Now the story is coming to life as a unique animation and...

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Ravens, Tom Ford Eyewear And Brand Myth

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Ravens, Tom Ford Eyewear And Brand Myth

As Tim Girvin, brander extraordinaire, says it best, “Ravens as the dark storyteller, the mythic black rainbow.” Is the etymology of corvid derived from the ancient Proto-Indo European seed sound kos, for shout? That would seem appropriate — ravens for shouting. Marketing as the shout, raven-style. But it’s the sound of the kraaak and croak that reaches to the heart of the word and the story – and running the linguistic gauntlet for several thousand years, the sounds of the black one, the ravening clan, that...

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Randall Museum Presents: Crows and Ravens of California

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Crows and Ravens of California is an overview of the world-wide Corvid Family (crows, ravens, jays + their kin), with a specific focus on the four Bay Area resident species, plus a fifth that may be establishing a population there. A sidebar will give guidelines for distinguishing the local American crow from its larger cousin, the northern raven. A brief look at other California species will precede a look at the corvids’ most amazing adaptation: their remarkable intelligence – are they avian geniuses? Discussion to follow. ...

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Unusual Crow Sanctuary Flying High

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Unusual Crow Sanctuary Flying High

Most people don’t mind having a cat or dog around the house, or even a rabbit. But a Wolverhampton, UK  couple have gone a step further by sharing their life with dozens of squawking crows – some of which have even appeared on TV. Mark and Lisa Edge run a sanctuary at their Wednesfield home for unwanted or injured crows, ravens, magpies and rooks and have 37 birds in their care. The below video gives an intimate glimpse of the sanctuary, and features Jester the Jackdaw and Roxy the Raven, both superstars. “I used to...

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Linda Jarvis: Birds of a Feather

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Linda Jarvis: Birds of a Feather

“Today I heard a raven in the distance. As he flew over me he sent out his throaty, gravelly call. I called back, pretty nicely I might add, but he kept going without answering. However, as he flew by, the whispers of his wings pushing the air landed so quietly on my ears it nearly took my breath away. So magical is that moment when that sound barely breaks the silence, but it is enough to make my heart race.” Linda Jarvis is a mixed media ‘evolutionary’ artist from Washington state, USA who’s tangible style...

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Raven the Trickster

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Raven the Trickster

Raven the Trickster by  Canadian poet Gail Robinson is a collection of myths from the Native Americans of the Pacific North West coast of America and Canada originally published in 1982 and set for re-release this fall (you can also find it in your local library in North America). These are some of the wonderful illustrations for this book by Joanna...

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The 7 Ravens

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The 7 Ravens

Ravens appear in fairytales from all over the world, from simple anecdotes of wisdom (Aesop) to elborate illustrated stories (The Brothers Grimm). This tale,like The Twelve Brothers, The Six Swans, and Brother and Sister, features a woman rescuing her brothers. In the era and region in which it was collected, many men were drafted by kings for soldiers, to be sent as mercenaries. As a consequence, many men made their daughter their heirs; however, they also exerted more control over them and their marriages. The stories have been interpreted...

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