Montclair Bird Club

Regular Meetings of the MBC are held at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ. All programs are open to the public. There are no meetings during July, August, or December.

 

Return of the Raven to New Jersey at the Montclair Bird Club January 10

 

The raven has a special place in many mythologies including – the Native American trickster, the companions of Odin in Norse mythology, and the midnight visitor in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem.  Once numerous in New Jersey, they disappeared as a nesting bird in New Jersey in the 1920’s until the early 1990’s, when they began to breed once more in the Garden State, and their numbers have been increasing ever since.

The January 10 meeting of the Montclair Bird Club will feature a program on the “Return of the Raven”, presented by noted writer and environmental consultant Rick Radis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church in Montclair.

The  Common Raven, Corvus corax, has the widest distribution of any of the Corvidae, the family that includes crows, jays, nutcrackers, magpies and related birds such as rooks, jackdaws, and choughs. It is also the largest and heaviest of the passerines, or perching birds -- and the smartest.

 

The presentation will cover the historic status of the Common Raven in eastern North America from the late 1880s, its remarkable return in the 1990s, and its present status as a nesting species in many (often surprising) areas of New Jersey and other eastern states. Since the early 1980s the population and perhaps the behavioral dynamics of the eastern Common Raven has begun to change. Rick Radis will explore the possible reasons as to why the Common Ravens have lost their shyness around humans and discuss how ravens interact with the other two species of corvids in the Northeast.

 

Rick Radis first watched birds as a child on family trips to Cape May and remembers early trips to the old heron rookery in Stone Harbor. He is an editor, writer and environmental consultant who has worked on land and water preservation and as an endangered species specialist since the late 1970s. He is a past editor of NJ Birds, NJ Audubon Magazine and other conservation publications. His writing, editorial and photography have appeared in the New York Times, TNY, and many other national and regional publications.

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