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Breakthroughs and news from the local geek crew

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Breakthroughs and news from the local geek crew

Though local bird nerds brandish binoculars to tally up rarely seen species, a new book reveals that the most fascinating feathered friends may be the easiest to spot. In Crow Planet (2009), Seattle naturalist and accomplished avian author Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks; Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds) explores the science and sociology of urban crows—from their habit of dive-bombing humans to the funerals they throw for their dead. Note: crows can also recognize individual human faces, so they’ll be watching to make sure you pick this one up at the bookstore.