School of Environmental and Forest Sciences professor John Marzluff and his research on crows is back in the news. In a piece in The New York Times Magazine called, “How to Scare a Crow,” Marzluff talks about crow behavior. The article opens with:
Don’t piss off a crow,” says John Marzluff, a professor of forest sciences at the University of Washington. The birds recognize human faces. If you harm them, they’ll remember. They’ll scold you, follow you, caw, swoop down and maybe even scratch you (Marzluff calls this behavior their “culture of hate”). Thirteen years ago, he wore a mask while trapping crows on campus for a study, and even now, if they see him in the mask, he says, “they go nuts.” If you need to scare a crow, do it surreptitiously.