Program Night: The Function of Crow Funeral Behaviors Presented by Kaeli Swift
Crows and ravens are found on nearly every continent where they routinely infiltrate the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space. Kaeli will spend the first half of her talk discussing some of the general aspects about crows that contribute to our affinity (and sometimes hatred) for them, with a particular emphasis on concepts that are the most frequent questions people have about crows including play, tool use, communal roosting, and family life. Kaeli will also touch on her past and current research on how and why crows behave the way they do around dead crows.
Kaeli graduated with a BS from Willamette University in 2009, after which she spent several years doing a variety of field projects. She’s been interested in birds and animal behavior all of her life, and is delighted that the emergence of corvids as a model system for questions of animal and social intelligence allows her to combine these two passions. Currently, Kaeli is studying the function of crow funeral behaviors as a part of her doctoral research at the University of Washington.