Crow or Raven?

My kids used to ask, “What’s that big, black bird, Mom?”

I always answered, “It’s a crow, or maybe, um, a raven.”

But now I know the difference. If you want to know what to look for, check out my short piece about crows in the March-April 2015 issue of Montana Outdoors magazine (Montana Outdoors Portrait: American Crow).

Unfortunately, I had space for just a small percentage of all the fun stuff I learned about crows. Even though I usually find them eating garbage in the Target parking lot, they’re some of the smartest animals on Earth.

I got interested in crows after watching the PBS Nature special, A Murder of Crows.” It’s well worth an hour if you have the time.