Saturday, March 8, 2014



Growing up we can all remember our parents telling us to treat others the way you want to be treated. But did they ever tell you to treat crows the way you want them to treat you? Possible not, and it may be due to many people trying to avoid them. Many individuals think of crows as scary, evil, and link them to death. But let me tell you right now that those things have NOTHING to do with crows. In fact, the reason we relate crows to all those things is due to the scary movies we watch. Scary movies tell us crows are scary and mean, and of course there is always a scene with a murder of crows cawing very loudly and scarily at someone or something. For a young child or even an adult, having had watched this, it may have been daunting. I’m sure after the movie ended you thought to yourself ways to avoid crows for the rest of your life. Of course if you have ever visited or attended the University of Washington Bothell, you already know that might be nearly impossible. But can you think of a time you tried to avoid a crow or a murder of them? If so, what did you do? I can bet as a young child you ran the opposite direction and cried to your mother, and as adults, who knows. 

For children, as they get older they start to think of ways to protect themselves. Humans tend to go with their first instinct in order to protect themselves and unfortunately that may result in throwing rocks or even killing a crow in order for them to stay away. But unless you want to spend the next 2-3 years under crow surveillance, then I would advise you to leave crows alone. Crows are the smartest bird species with amazing memorization—and yes; this means they can memorize your face and what you look like. Regardless what you’re wearing or your location, crows will hunt you down, plan revenge, conspire others to join, and will not forget the way you have treated their own kind. So unless you want to be chased down by crows every morning, get pooped on, or even scared to death like characters in scary movies, then I advise you to keep yourself and other children educated on the real behaviors  of crows. That is the message of the children's book I am working in collaboration with my classmate Alejandra. This way, we hope that children learn that when coming across a murder of crows, they should treat them the way they want to be treated.

No comments:

Post a Comment