The Crow Patrol is a podcast exploring the amazing phenomenon of winter crow roosts, and the lives of these incredibly smart, social, and family centered birds.

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Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 9 – John Macone

EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode, we explored John’s background as a local journalist, his work as a policy and education specialist for the Merrimack River Watershed Council, and his fascination with the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence, MA. EPISODE NOTES In this fascinating conversation, John shares about his work as a journalist over the past 25 years, his love of rivers and coastal waterways, and his fascination with conservation and ecology issues. John fills in background about the mission and history of the Merrimack River Watershed Council, the growing number of communities served and membership outreach programs. John [...]

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 8 – Prof. Sylvia Halkin

In this episode, we explored Sylvia’s background with plants, animal behavior, ornithology, and her path to becoming a field biologist, and then a full-time professor at Central Connecticut State University. We talked about her interest in birds, their vocalizations, and then about her study of and thoughts about Crow Roosts in the extended Hartford area.

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 6 – Interview with Christian Rutz

In this episode we explored how Christian became interested in birds; how he developed a specific interest in New Caledonian Crows; other tropical birds; Crows using tools for foraging; the new research station; reflections on time as a Grass Fellow at Radcliffe College; his visit to the Crow Roost in Lawrence, MA; using telemetry devices; his leadership for the International Bio-Logging Society; his new research paper, and more!

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 5 – Techniques for Improving Estimations of Large Flocks

Interview with Brian Harrington. Episode Summary: Brian shared details about his background, his time on staff at Manomet, his involvement in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), creating the International Shorebird Survey, details about the recent article in Bird Observer on counting and estimating, techniques for estimating large flocks, and the importance of practicing estimating techniques.

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 4 – Interview with Prof. John Marzluff

In this episode, we heard about Prof. Marzluff’s research and academic work during the pandemic. He also shared news on the launch of his new citizen scientist app for young people. We discussed the many facets of a winter crow roost: how large they can be, staging and flying to the overnight roost, Crow family social dynamics, roosts as information centers, the deafening vocalizations around an overnight roost, and then approached to counting crows in a roost!

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 3 – Interview with with Prof. Anne Clark

In this episode, we explored how Prof. Clark first became involved with birds, her academic work and doctorate at the University of Chicago, her teaching and research at Binghamton University, her extensive research and field work with American and Fish Crows, and her approach to counting Crows around an overnight winter roost.

Crow Patrol Podcast: Episode 1 – Interview with Wayne Petersen

Our first guest on the new Crow Patrol podcast is Wayne Petersen, Director of Important Bird Areas (IBA) for Mass Audubon. Listen to Wayne describe his experiences with Crows over his lifetime, and his impressions from the Winter Crow Roost in Lawrence, MA. Wayne wrote an excellent article, titled, "Licorice in the Sky" for Mass Audubon about this overnight Crow roost phenomenon...

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