Howdy, Unidan here with five much better scientists than me! We are the Crow Research Group, Ask Us Anything!
We are a group of behavioral ecologists and ecosystem ecologists who are researching American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) in terms of their social behavior and ecological impacts.
With us, we have:
Dr. Anne Clark (AnneBClark), a behavioral ecologist and associate professor at Binghamton University who turned her work towards American crows after researching various social behaviors in various birds and mammals.
Dr. Kevin McGowan (KevinJMcGowan), an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He's involved in behavioral ecology as well as bird anatomy, morphology, behavior, paleobiology, identification. It's hard to write all the things he's listing right now.
Jennifer Campbell-Smith (JennTalksNature), a PhD candidate working on social learning in American crows. Here's her blog on Corvids!
Leah Nettle (lmnmeringue), a PhD candidate working on food-related social vocalizations.
Yvette Brown (corvidlover), a PhD candidate and panda enthusiast working on the personality of American crows.
Ben Eisenkop (Unidan), an ecosystem ecologist working on his PhD concerning the ecological impacts of American crow roosting behavior.
Ask Us Anything about crows, or birds, or, well, anything you'd like!
If you're interested in taking your learning about crows a bit farther, Dr. Kevin McGowan is offering a series of Webinars (which Redditors can sign up for) through Cornell University!
WANT TO HELP WITH OUR ACTUAL RESEARCH?
Fund our research and receive live updates from the field, plus be involved with producing actual data and publications!
EDIT, 6 HOURS LATER: Thank you so much for all the interesting questions and commentary! We've been answering questions for nearly six hours straight now! A few of us will continue to answer questions as best we can if we have time, but thank you all again for participating.
EDIT, 10 HOURS LATER: If you're coming late to the AMA, we suggest sorting by "new" to see the newest questions and answers, though we can't answer each and every question!
EDIT, ONE WEEK LATER: Questions still coming in! Sorry if we've missed yours, I've been trying to go through the backlogs and answer ones that had not been addressed yet!
Again, don't forget to sign up for Kevin's webinars above and be sure to check out our fundraiser page if you'd like to get involved in our research!