So much deeper than the haunting cries of nevermore, Dr. John Marzluff’s research and writings reveal the hidden relationship between humans and our black-feathered friend, the crow. Marzluff is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His research on corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, etc.) and birds of prey has brought a sharper focus on avian conservation and these common but little understood species.
Marzluff is the author of over 100 scientific papers on bird behavior and the widely acclaimed book In the Company of Crows and Ravens (Yale University Press, 2007). He is the recipient of the A. Brazier Howell, Board of Directors, and H.R. Painton awards from the Cooper Ornithological Society. His areas of interest include the urbanization of wildlife areas and endangered species conservation, including research on the endangered Hawaiian hawk, one of the rarest birds in the world.
His latest book, Gifts of the Crow (Free Press, 2012) combines biology, conservation, and anthropology to present an in-depth look at the way humans and crows have mutually influenced each other through what he calls “cultural coevolution.” Accompanied by the illustrations of longtime collaborator Tony Angell, Marzluff shows not only how crows have entered our cultural landscape, but also how they share with us such surprisingly human behaviors as delinquency, risk-taking, and even language.
Unsurprisingly, Marzluff is an avid bird watcher in his free time, as well as a fly fisherman and dog enthusiast. He lives in western Washington with his wife and two daughters.
Join John Marzluff for his presentation, Gifts of the Crow, on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mobius Science Center. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session followed by a book signing. For more information on this event, click here. A special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Welty and the Mobius Science Center for sponsoring this event.
Praise for Gifts of the Crow:
"Full of clear and detailed accounts of research....Remarkable."—The New York Times
"Angell’s illustrations of birds are exquisitely detailed... the book will instill in many readers a sense of wonder and curiosity at what these birds can do. An insightful look at some of our surprisingly capable feathered friends."—Kirkus
"Amazing."—The Seattle Times
“Amazing, true stories of crows who rage, grieve, give gifts, work together, and even design and use tools…a gift to all of us who have argued for years that humans don't possess the only minds in the universe. This is one of the most exciting books I've read in a long time.”—Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology
Here is a PBS documentary on crows, featuring John Marzluff's expertise. He's the first expert featured on camera, and his research is referenced throughout.