Craig Gibson is a well-known bird and conservation photographer. His current focus is on expanding awareness about the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence, MA, the extended Merrimack Valley area, and Eastern Massachusetts. Craig designed and launched the blog and continues to oversee all editorial content. He has also been the lead on initiating and coordinating a range of activities and events with local arts, education, and community groups as well as working with a growing number of conservation and environmental organizations. He wrote and published a comprehensive 14 page report to recap the 2018-2019 winter season. Overall, his efforts have raised much greater awareness of the Winter Crow Roost, and he has been a catalyst for new citizen science initiatives.
In the fall 2017, Craig worked together in close collaboration with Bob and Dana 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, documenting, and photographing the overnight staging and roosting of American and Fish Crows. Craig has made over 175 Crow Roost specific postings to eBird, an especially important data portal for citizen science projects around the globe.
Craig’s Crow photos and articles have appeared in the Essex Art Center exhibition; Bird Observer, the bi-monthly birding journal; a number of Mass Audubon Society publications, the local Eagle Tribune newspaper, the Cornell Lab Bird Academy’s new online course, “Anything but Common: the Hidden Life of the American Crow,” Muse an award winning magazine for students; a feature article in MassWildlife Magazine, as well as in a new Peterson’s Guide series book on bird behavior coming out by well-known author and naturalist John Kricher. He is also a frequent speaker and presenter on the Winter Crow Roost phenomenon.