Members of the Crow Patrol

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson is a well-known bird and conservation photographer. While he has photographed Bald Eagles in Alaska, Puffin and Northern Gannet breeding colonies off the SW coast of Ireland to Gentoo Penguins and Wandering Albatrosses in Antarctica, his current focus is on the Winter Crow Roost in the extended area around Lawrence, MA.

In 2017, Craig, Dana, and Bob worked together in close collaboration to form the Crow Patrol in the Lawrence area. Over the past two winter seasons, they have documented more than 250 observation nights, while monitoring the overnight staging and roosting of American and Fish Crows. Craig has made over 150 Crow Roost specific postings to eBird. A real-time, online birding checklist program, especially important for citizen science projects.

Craig’s Crow photos have appeared in the Essex Art Center exhibition; Bird Observer, the bi-monthly birding journal; a number of Mass Audubon Society publications, the Eagle Tribune newspaper, the Cornell Lab Bird Academy’s new online course, “Anything but Common: the Hidden Life of the American Crow,” Muse a “Parents Choice” Gold award winning magazine for middle school students that features articles about science, history, and the arts; as well as in a new Peterson’s Guide series book on bird behavior coming out by well-known author and naturalist John Kricher.

Dana Duxbury-Fox

Dana Duxbury-Fox

Dana Duxbury-Fox became fascinated by birds at the age of eight; a fascination that continues today. Over the years, she has travelled widely to see birds, led bird trips, written articles about them, given talks, joined many ornithological organizations, and monitored many species of concern including the Common Loon, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Purple Martin and Common Nighthawk.

Over the past few years, a winter crow roost in a neighboring town caught her fascination. During the past two winter seasons, she and her husband, Bob Fox, with the help of Craig Gibson have closely monitored and documented this roost. As a result, she has written an article about crows and this roost, raised awareness about the roost and with Craig’s help has promoted media coverage.

Bob Fox

Bob Fox

Bob Fox also developed a keen interest in watching birds at an early age. Throughout his life he has been an active bird watcher. Since retirement, he and Dana have travelled the world to see birds. He was the co-author on the Birds of New Hampshire which documented over 100 years of bird sightings in that state. He has also become a member of many ornithological groups, led trips, given talks, and monored species of concern.

At the Greater Lawrence Roost, he is central to all activities and has become the official note taker and crow counter for nightly observations.