Friday Film:: A Murder of Crows

This Friday Film is a fascinating episode of Nature from PBS titled, A Murder of Crows. The episode explores the intelligence of crows around the world and focuses on a new study by John Marzluff, author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens, which shows that crows can even recognize human faces. This urban bird continues to amaze us and these studies show just how little we actually know about them. For more about crows, read the recent post Emerald City Crows.

From the PBS website::

New research has shown that they are among the most intelligent animals on the planet. They use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, and recognize 250 distinct calls. One particular talent they have been discovered to possess is the ability to recognize individual human faces and pick them out of a crowd…

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Friday Film:: Life Nature You

friday filmIn the latest installment of Friday Film we look at a short film titled Life Nature You by Myles Thompson. This film reminds us that wildlife is everywhere, even in a small patch of lawn in a suburban yard. The filmmakers daughter discovered  the tiny wildlife in her lawn and created a small nature reserve to protect the wildlife from the lawn mower. It’s a reminder that starting to realize the diversity in the smallest and most common of places can lead us to a wider understanding of the world and all of its ecosystems.

Life.Nature.You from Myles Thompson on Vimeo.

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Friday Film:: City Bats

friday filmA new feature on The Metropolitan Field Guide will be a video post every other week. There are a lot of great videos out there about urban wildlife, urban biodiversity and many other topics related to the design of urban wildlife habitat. Some are art films while others are documentaries, lectures and discussions.

To kick off this feature, the first video features the Congress Avenue Bridge Mexican free-tailed bats in Austin, the largest urban bat colony in North America. The bats leave the crevices at dusk every night from March through November while hundreds of people line up along the bridge, shores and take river cruises to watch the bats swarm away from the bridge. This city has embraced the bats and as a result it has become a big tourist attraction and a well-known urban wildlife spectacle. This video is a clip…

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