John M. Marzluff: In the Company of Crows and Ravens



Things we can learn from if nly we take the time to listenThey re a wonderful strange set Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of birds I can t wait to learn about themFor allf you looking to read this book be advised a current book is available in John M Marzluff s Gifts Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of the Crow Definitely for the lay person wasn t the tone I expected from an established scientist in the field Also anthropomorphic leaning than I expected in places but I suppose to better reach a specific audience All this to say as a naturalist I was expecting something a bit different It is my first Marzluff and am curious as to the approach histher titles take compared to this ne I also found the central argument crowhuman co evolution not strongly supported but perhaps because I felt this book would have really benefitted from better editing Arguments weren t structured particularly well and supportive pieces were all ver the place They should not be lawyers but they don t have to be An editor should ve re arranged better and had a stronger red pen repetition than needed This could ve been a condensed bookAll this being said I appreciated the closer look at ur relationship with corvids I learned new things I learned about how to talk about corvids to thers so that s a bonus too Great and slightly unsettling book Boy was I taught wrong about non humans I have to laugh at the Goldilocks nature f previous reviews Too much science Not enough science Too long too short Too dense too light And so forth For me said Goldilocks it is just right The broad range f information about crows ravens suits me just fine altho in my perfect corvid world jays would be included too The speculation about human corvid coevolution is fascinating to me It s pretty clearly presented as speculation as the unifying narrative which makes me SMH at readers who say there is no narrative I have been reading this like I read novels It s easy to It is very satisfying to me to learn Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls other historical perspectivesn such a familiar creatureWhen I sit 7 day sesshins the long days Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of silence are freuently decorated with corvid commotion So far I haven t levitatedr achieved Night's Pawn oneness with all there is but there is always a point where the crows I becomene It will be interesting to sit with the knowledge I ve gained from In the Company at the next sesshinPS The paperback reproduction in the edition I m reading does Angell s drawings no favors This is sad There are so many better newer books Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) out there including Giftsf the Crow How Perception Emotion and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by the same author that this early look at co evolution can be skipped Still it s fairly well written and there are tidbits f interest than I can sample for you here so if you re trying to read everything in the field go for itHow did crows and ravens come to recognize fluorescent range cheese puffs as food rather than bits f plastic Probably the same way they learned that a McDonald s bag rather than a brown paper bag f similar size and shape and with identical contents The Secret Child of fries is the target to attempt first when both are setut conveniently A few learned from trial and error and culture taught Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook others Crows have cultureEarlier peoples probably mostly ignored crows Earlier farmers harassed and hunted them Now people. Luff and Tony Angell contend that those interactions reflect a processf “cultural coevolution” They ffer a challenging new view f the human crow dynamic a view that may change ur thinking not nly about crows but also about urselves Featuring than 100 riginal drawings the book takes a close look at the influences people have had Death by Inferior Design on the livesf crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows

Book 56 2012 Reading Challenge A social cultural and natural history f corvidae crows jays and ravens The thesis f this magnificently pen and ink illustrated volume is crows and ravens benefit people and we benefit them In Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 other words we have always had a close relationship with crows and they are keyed into us in ways thatther wilds animals are not The authors argue crows have shaped the way people live and we have shaped how crows lived These terrifically smart birds have become experts at exploiting resources from us Also crows share similar traits and social strategies with humans Crows ravens and jays use tools they figure ut how to get what they need They are very social and can actually be devious Hence the raven s name the trickster in folk tale A wonderful book for the general reader who is interested in North America s smartest birds You will see crows in a new way guaranteed Lots f research and examples f work with crows cited Entertaining and thought provoking This is a fantastic book and is highly recommended I am currently feeding a pair f ravens from my rural back garden in West Wales and it is a fabulous A Philosophy of Cinematic Art opportunity to study them up close and personal They are collecting food for their young and have learned that I am a very soft touch when it comes to Corvus coraxIn the Companyf Crows and Ravens benefits from Tony Angell s wonderful artwork and deals with both the natural history behaviour and folklore associated with corvids stretching back thousands The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of years I particularly like the way the authors deal with the less common species such as conservation strategies for the endangered Hawaiian crow In summary the book is an impressive workf scholarship based White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs on personalbservation by both the authors and the artist they should be congratulated In the Company f Crows and Ravens is a very solid book that seeks to explain the various ways corvids and humans have influenced ne another Scab over the hundredsf thousands years they have shared the earth Ravens likely lead us and the wolves they still aid and harass to this day to In a World Created by a Drunken God our prey and were the recipientsf some f ur meat due to this Crows likely followed ur nomadic tribes helping clean up after us harassing us giving us gifts such as language as much as they gave us backhanded presents such as missing goods Did we learn deceit from them r did their caching Giant Peach Yodel occur to us prior tour interactions uestions upon uestionsWe ve aided corvid species and we ve hurt them We are responsible for the spread Sinai and Zion of the American Crow as well as for the eliminationf the Common Raven from much f Europe and now we re responsible for the Common Raven s slow comeback to those cities where before they were lost Likewise we were responsible for the three Hawaiian crows extinctions and now are trying to save the last f them and repopulate the islands nce Our cities have turned crows into pests could we help them reach natural levels nce Crows have a lot to teach us and everything that they teach us can be further used to aid us in all animal relationships They are an ambassador species f sorts halfway between the domestic and wild and smart enough to know that line that they tread Their intelligence all too bvious emotions social structure and ecological impact are all. From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh from the works Iniquity of Shakespeare to thosef Mark Twain there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture Yet this influence is not unidirectional say the authors  f this fascinating book people profoundly influence crow culture ecology and evolution as well Examining the ften surprising ways that crows and humans interact John Marz.

Seldom hunt them and those in suburbs and towns ften even feed them The unpredictable people are the smarter crows must become Crows are adaptablePsychologist Nicholas Thompson f Clark University recorded caws from wild crows then remixed and replayed them to crows Depending Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) on how he arranged a seuencef cawing as a structured versus an unstructured composition Thompson could attract Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook or repel crows with the same caws Obviously syntax not just the symbol makes a difference to the meaning By any but the most determinedly homo centric definitionf language crows have languageThe book concludes with advice to those who want to serve science and the birds and has both a bibliography and a reading list for children And an index and lots f great illustrations A fascinating look at a very smart bird There is a great You Tube video f a little girl that befriended a crow and all the presents that were Brought to her Basically this book was not as interesting as it should have been given the subject matter Corbids are fascinating Livin' de Life on a bad day Some species use tools some even make theirwn they can recognise their The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter own reflection as themself they re sociable with weird rituals many species adapt brilliantly They talk in distinctive ways and have been known to name people They survive in deserts and the Arctic and every where in betweenMore than that they re partf human culture and mythology around the world Myths about them positive and negative abound They make the world they steal the sun they ferry souls to the afterlife they lie and cheat and saveSo a book about them should not be a struggle to readThe book isn t anecdotal enough to be easy read but it s not sharp enough to be interesting scientifically There are interesting bits in it but not enough and you wade through words to get to them Stuff Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki on the language is interesting myths around the world different typesf corbids and different adaptations crows in Japan using cars to crack nuts for example mating behaviour it s all fascinating stuff The problem is you re reading the authors when really what you want to read is the birds I know fuck all about birds Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of any sort save the rhea subjectf my forthcoming African travelogue Ghana Rhea Travels with a Flightless Bird but the dictates The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of being a fiction writerften mean that you don t get to read whatever you want you have to read what you need Always striving for authenticity I read this book to hopefully get an insight into the ways that crows ravens and all those ther corvids I can smugly toss this just learned term about like a blow up doll have influenced human culture yes yes Poe fans I hear you but look I ll be frank the guy shagged dead people and yes there s a whole chapter n these birds roles in religion superstition and culture a chapter that is in fact wanting But what s great is the rest f the bookLeaving aside the fuzzily elucidated ideas f coevolution and the bligatory save the birds save the humans shtick there is an immense value to this book in learning about another species that isn t us Here you can learn how these birds evolved how they re different how they move communicate love kill and interact with people For these reasons I d gladly recommend this book Definitely written with the layman in mind. Ave altered human lives In the Company f Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories f crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion f the crow human relationship and how Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge our attitudes toward crows may affectur cultural trajectory As the authors state in their preface “Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies To a surprising extent to know the crow is to know urselv.

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John M Marzluff is professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington and is the author or coauthor of several books including In the Company of Crows and Ravens; Dog Days Raven Nights; and Welcome to Subirdia