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The Secret Lives of Crows And Ravens
Sat 12 November 2016, 14:30 – 16:30 GMT
Join ornithologist Ricky Whelan from BirdWatch Ireland for a talk on the secret lives of crows, the most intelligent birds in the animal kingdom. Crows or Corvids are a family of birds to which many species including Ravens belong, often described as the birds that think like humans. Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because most species are totally black and a bit sinister in appearance, revered as creators of the world and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence. They have good memories and can remember your face, they can conspire with each other and can use tools and solve problems. This talk will also include the opportunity to meet with the ravens Fiachra and Satan, who have appeared in the TV show "Vikings". Join us for this fascinating talk and after the talk, we will walk to the Downs Rookery to watch thousands of crows fly in at sunset to the local rookery to roost. We will also have the unveiling of a new Crow & Downs Rookery Interpretive panel for Portlaoise Town Park, which was designed by Ricky Whelan.