Earth Day: How You Can Help Corvids

Earth Day is dedicated to celebrating the lands, waters and animals that we care for the most. It is also a day to honor those people who care so deeply for nature and for the future of our natural world. That is why we wish to thank you for supporting this cause.  You have helped to build a community of caring individuals that use their unique voices...

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“Just Ask Crow”

There are many stories on the internet about the "borrower" phenomenon, or disappearing object phenomenon (DOPler effect). In these cases, a commonly used object goes missing and the owner searches in vain for it everywhere. Then later - sometimes hours, sometimes days or even weeks later - the object inexplicably reappears, either in an obvious spot that had been searched before, or in some impossible location. In...

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Yata-Garasu – The Ravens of Japanese Myth

One of the oldest symbols in Japanese mythology is the 3-Legged Bird, called Yatagarasu (八咫烏) in Japanese. This legendary bird was said to have led the Emperor Jimmu from Kumano no kuni (熊の国), which is present-day Wakyama Prefecture, to Yamato no kuni (大和国), which is present-day Nara Prefecture. The three-legged (or "tripedal") bird is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of Asia, Asia Minor,...

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Raven Lore: Origin of Light

According to the Native American legend told by many Pacific Northwest tribes, including the Inuit, "In the beginning the world was in total darkness." This is a common beginning to most creation stories, but this one has a twist. The Raven, who had existed from the beginning of time, was tired of groping about and bumping into things in the dark. One day the Raven came upon the mouth...

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Ravens in Native American Culture

Raven is a Native American god called by many different names by many different tribes. The symbolic meaning of the Raven in Native American  lore describes the raven as a creature of metamorphosis, and symbolizes change/transformation. In some tribes, the Raven is considered a trickster because of its transforming/changing attributes. This is especially true for the  Haida tribe, who claim he discovered the first humans hiding in...

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Crows in Buddhist Culture

[caption id="attachment_122" align="alignleft" width="368" caption="Original photo by Yun Dan"][/caption] The Dhe-Tsang monastery, built in 1414 by a close disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, is situated in the Gyalrong district of eastern Tibet. When its founder, Ngawang Drakpa, came to the region intending to build a monastery there, he realized that the place was special but couldn't decide on the best location to build the hermitage. At that very...

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Ravens in Celtic Mythology

Ravens figure heavily in Celtic mythology and legend. They were linked to darkness and death - especially the death of warriors in battle. Celtic war goddesses often took the form of a raven. In "The Dream of Rhonabwy", the knight Owein battles King Arthur in a dream world assisted by ravens. Some tales suggest that the great King Arthur himself was turned in to a raven...

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Crowmageddon

Every month, birders in the Twin Cities (MN, USA) get together for Birds and Beers. It is a social event to bring birders together and it is hosted by Birdchick. Last month they chose to gather in Loring Park, central to downtown Minneapolis, to watch the Crows come in to roost for the night. Thousands appeared....

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