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Learn all about the many 'Gifts of Crows'

  • A crow pursues a bald eagle over Lake Ballinger in this photo taken in April.

    Jennifer Buchanan/The Herald

    A crow pursues a bald eagle over Lake Ballinger in this photo taken in April.

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  • A crow pursues a bald eagle over Lake Ballinger in this photo taken in April.

    Jennifer Buchanan/The Herald

    A crow pursues a bald eagle over Lake Ballinger in this photo taken in April.

We've read a lot about how smart crows are. But did you know these ubiquitous black creatures can make tools?
They also are known to give gifts to humans who help or feed them, to play like kids, to use cars to crack their nuts, to seek revenge, and they can cruelly lure other birds to their deaths.
Crows also dream, have social habits and know how to respond to changes in their environment.
Crows may indeed be among the brightest animals in the world.
Presenters John Marzluff and Tony Angell will share all these details, crow stories and more during "Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans."
This Adopt A Stream program might open your eyes to how crows, with their long lives and complex brains, can plan and even reconsider their actions.
Marzluff is a wildlife science professor at the University of Washington and has done some extraordinary research on crows, which has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic and the Chicago Tribune, as well as on NPR and PBS.
Marzluff has teamed up with artist and naturalist Angell and together they present an in-depth look at these birds, taking from their new book "The Gifts of the Crow," which was published in June.
"The Gifts of Crows" program is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Registration is required by calling 425-316-8592. Tickets are $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for nonmembers.
There will be a book signing after the presentation. For more information go to www.streamkeeper.org.
Herald staff
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