Date - June 06, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Return of the Raven (Rescheduled from Feb 7)

Speaker: Rick Radis

The Common Raven, Corvus corax, has the widest distribution of any of the Corvidae, the family that includes crows, jays, nutcrackers, magpies and related birds such as rooks, jackdaws, and choughs. It is also the largest and heaviest of the passerines, or perching birds — and the smartest.

The presentation will cover the historic status of the Common Raven in eastern North America from the late 1880s, its remarkable return in the 1990s, and its present status as a nesting species in many (often surprising) areas of NJ and the eastern states. Since the early 1980s the population and perhaps the behavioral dynamics of the eastern Common Raven has begun to change. Rick Radis will explore the possible reasons as to why the Common Ravens have lost their shyness around humans and discuss how ravens interact with the other two species of corvids in the Northeast.

Our speaker, Rick Radis, first watched birds as a child on family trips to Cape May and remembers early trips to the old heron rookery in Stone Harbor. He is an editor, writer and environmental consultant who has worked on land and water preservation and as an endangered species specialist since the late 1970s. He is a past editor of NJ Birds, NJ Audubon Magazine and other conservation publications. His writing, editorial and photography have appeared in the New York Times, TNY, and many other national and regional publications. The program promises to be entertaining as well as educational.

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