For decades, the banks of the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA have hosted one of the largest winter crow roosts in New England. Both American and Fish Crows begin to form a nightly communal winter roost along the Merrimack River in October and continue through April. The estimated number of Crows last winter was well above 25,000! Seeing thousands of crows converge around the roosting location at sunset is an amazing natural phenomenon!
Please join us at Essex Art Center on Sunday, February 23, 2020 for a gallery tour, a talk by Craig Gibson, one of the founders of the Crow Patrol. Craig will provide an update on the 2020 Winter Crow Roost season, and an overview about this amazing avian phenomenon. One of his walks was just featured in a front page article about the winter crows in the Eagle Tribune. The gallery tour and talk will be followed by a trip to a viewing area near the overnight communal crow roost to watch the amazing nightly “crow show”.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
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3:30 pm: Essex Art Center opens; guests may explore EAC’s galleries, which are “Celebrating the Winter Crow Roost” from January 10 through March 15 by featuring crow-related art, photographs, videos and more.
4:15 pm: 2020 Crow Patrol update
5:00 pm: Depart from Essex Art Center to crow viewing areas (guests must provide their own transportation; directions will be provided. Viewing areas may be within walking distance of EAC, but are of course determined by the crows and therefore subject to change!)
5:15 pm: Arrive at Crow viewing area
5:20 – 6:00 pm: Observe and photograph staging and roosting crow activities (sunset is at 5:26 p.m.)
6:00pm: Debrief session at Spicket River Brewery with tasting of a local craft brew “Crowpacalypse Beer”