Thursday, October 27, 2005

Crow expert on Diane Rehm Show

This past Tuesday one of the authors of the new book In the Company of Crows and Ravens held a fascinating discussion with NPR's Diane Rehm. University of Washington wildlife sciences professor John Marzluff, who wrote the book with freelance artist and writer Tony Angell (whose ink-on-ceramic drawings are gorgeous), talked about the ways that crow and human cultures have influenced each other throughout the centuries.

You can listen to it here (scroll down and click on the RealPlayer or Windows Media links to the right).

Obviously I ordered the book right away. One of the authors' main focuses* is the interdependence of the human and animal worlds. Since crows and humans are among the most social animals, we have a lot to learn from each other.

For instance, crows still haven't figured out the infield fly rule, and we have yet to understand why they steal the rubber strips off windshield wipers.

*I hate the word 'foci'--I always think it should rhyme with 'bocce'


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