This week host Celia Kutcher is kicking off 2015 with a brand new episode of Animal Instinct celebrating National Bird Day with Dr. John Marzluff of the University of Washington. Talkin’ all about crows, John answers many questions regarding the well-known bird such as the typical lifespan and social structure of the species. John goes on to relay that crows are exceptionally intelligent and possess social structures that aid in how they learn and communicate with one another. After the break, Celia and John discuss ways in which crows have influenced humans, including language, culture, and even burial techniques. Tune in to hear about the guest’s research and findings he has contributed to the ornithological field and why experts say that crows never forget! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
“All the different members of the crow group have slightly different social structures but they do mate for life.” [4:10]
“Social animals like a lot of crows, they learn both by direct experience and by social learning or observation.” [7:40]
—Dr. John Marzluff on Animal Instinct