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Crow Observations

Research Articles

Crows and Other Corvids

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Kaeli N. Swift and John M. Marzluff. 2015. Wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about danger. Animal Behaviour 109: 187-197
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John M. Marzluff, J. M., Delap, J., and C. Haycock. 2015. Population variation in mobbing Ospreys by American Crows. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:266-270
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Lauren E. Walker and John M. Marzluff. 2015. Recreation changes the use of a wild landscape by corvids. The Condor. 117:262-283
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John M. Marzluff and Marc L. Miller. 2014. Crows and Crow Feeders: Observations on Interspecific Semiotics. In Biocommunication of Animals edited by Guenther E. Witzany. 191-211
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Barbara Clucas, John M. Marzluff, David Mackovjak, and Ila Pamquist. 2013. Do American Crows Pay Attention to Human Gaze and Facial Expressions? Ethology 119 : 296-302
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Donna J. Cross, John M. Marzluff, Ila Palmquist, Satoshi Minoshima, Toru Shimizu, and Robert Miyaoka. 2013. Distinct Neural Circuits Underlie Assessment of a Diversity of Natural Dangers by American Crows. Proc. R. Soc. B 280 (1765): 20131046. doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1046
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John M. Marzluff, Robert Miyaoka, Satoshi Minoshima, and Donna J. Cross. 2012. Brain imaging reveals neuronal circuitry underlying the crow's perception of human faces. PNAS 109 (39): 15912-15917. doi:10.1073/pnas.1206109109
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William C. Webb, John M. Marzluff, and Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2012. Differences in Space by Common Ravens in Relation to Sex, Breeding Status, and Kinship. The Condor 114 (3): 584-594. doi:10.1073/pnas.1206109109
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Heather N. Cornell, John M. Marzluff and Shannon Pecoraro. 2011. Social Learning Spreads Knowledge About Dangerous Humans Among American Crows. Proc. R. Soc. B Online doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.0957
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Scott A. Morrison, T. Scott Sillett, Camerson K. Ghalambor, John W. Fitzpatrick, David M. Graber, Victoria J. Bakker, Reed Bowman, Charles T. Collins, Paul W. Collins, Kathleen Semple Delaney, Daniel F. Doak, Walter D. Koenig, Lyndal Laughrin, Alan A. Lieberman, John M. Marzluff, Mark D. Reynolds, J. Michael Scott, Jerre Ann Stallcup, Winston Vickers, and Walter M. Boyce. 2011. Proactive Conservation Management of an Island-endemic Bird Species in the Face of Global Change. BioScience 61 (12): 1013-1023
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William c. Webb, John M. Marzluff, Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2011. Linking Resource Use with Demography in a Synanthropic Population of Common Ravens. Biological Conservation 144 (9): 2264-2273
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William c. Webb, John M. Marzluff, and Kevin E. Omland. 2011. Random Interbreeding Between Cryptic Lineages of the Common Raven: Evidence for Speciation in Reverse. Molecular Ecology 20 (11): 2390-2402 doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05095.x
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Thy-Vy D. Bui, John M. Marzluff, and Bryan Bedrosian. 2010. Common Raven Activity in Relation to Land Use in Western Wyoming: Implications for Greater Sage-Grouse Reproductive Success. The Condor 112 (1): 65-78. doi:10.1525/cond.2010.090132
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John M. Marzluff, Jeff Walls, Heather N. Cornell, John C. Withey, and David P. Craig. 2010. Lasting Recognition of Threatening People by Wild American Crows. Animal Behaviour 79 (3): 699-707
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John C. Withey and John M. Marzluff. 2009. Multi-scale Use of Lands Providing Anthropogenic Resources by American Crows in an Urbanizing Landscape. Landscape Ecology 24 (2): 281-293. doi:10.1007/s10980-008-9305-9
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Heidi L. Pecoraro, Heather L. Day, Robert Reineke, Nathan Stevens, John C. Withey, John M. Marzluff, and J. Scott Meschke. 2007. Climatic and Lanscape Correlates for Potential West Nile Virus Mosquito Vectors in the Seattle Region. Journal of Vector Ecology 32 (1): 22-28
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John M. Marzluff, John C. Withey, Kara A. Whittaker, M. David Oleyar, Thomas M. Unfried, Stan Rullman, and Jack DeLap. 2007. Consequences of Habitat Utilization by Nest Predators and Breeding Songbirds Across Multiple Scales in an Urbanizing Landscape. The Condor 109 (3): 516-534
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John M. Marzluff and Erik Neatherlin. 2006. Corvid Response to Human Settlements and campgrounds: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges for Conservation. Biological Conservation 130 (2): 301-314
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Stacey M. Vigallon and John M. Marzluff. 2005. Abundance, Nest Sites, and Nesting Success of Steller's Jays Along a Gradient of Urbanization in Western Washington. Northwest Science 79(1): 22-27
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John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell. 2005. Cultural Coevolution: How the Human Bond with Crows and Ravens Extends Theory and Raises New Questions. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 9: 69-75
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Stacey M. Vigallon and John M. Marzluff. 2005. Is Nest Predation by Steller's Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri) Incidental or the Result of a Specialized Search Strategy? The Auk 122 (1): 36-49
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John C. Withey and John M. Marzluff. 2005. Dispersal by Juvenile American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) Influences Population Dynamics Across a Gradient of Urbanization. The Auk 122 (1): 205-221
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Erik A. Neatherlin and John M. Marzluff. 2004. Responses of American Crow Populations to Campgrounds in Remote Native Forest Landscapes. Journal of Wildlife Management 68 (3): 708-718
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John M. Luginbuhl, John M. Marzluff and Jeffrey E. Bradley. 2001. Corvid Survey Techniques and the Relationship Between Corvid Relative Abundance and Nest Predation. J Field Ornithology 72 (4): 556-572
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John M. Marzluff, Kevin J. McGowan, Roarke Donnelly, and Richard L. Knight. 2001. Causes and Consequences of Expanding American Crow Populations. Chapter 16 in Avian Ecology and Conservation in an Urbanizing World. Kluwer American Press, Norwell, MA: 331-363
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Kevin E. Omland, Cheryl L. Tarr, William I. Boarman, John M. Marzluff, and Robert C. Fleischer. 2000. Cryptic Genetic Variation and Paraphyly in Ravens. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 267 (1461): 2475-2482
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Laura L. Valutis and John M. Marzluff. 1999. The Appropriateness of Puppet-Rearing Birds for Reintroduction. Conservation Biology 13 (3): 584-591
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Kathryn D. Whitmore and John M. Marzluff. 1998. Hand-Rearing Corvids for Reintroduction: Importance of Feeding Regime, Nestling Growth, and Dominance. The Journal of Wildlife Management 62 (4): 1460-1479
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John M. Marzluff, Bernd Heinrich, and Colleen S. Marzluff. 1996. Raven Roosts are Mobile Information Centres. Animal Behaviour 51 (1): 89-103
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Patricia G. Parker, Thomas A. Waite, Bernd Heinrich, and John M. Marzluff. 1994. Do Common Ravens Share Ephemeral Food Resources with Kin? DNA Fingerprinting Evidence. Anim. Behav. 48 (5): 1085-1093
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Bernd Heinrich, John M. Marluff, and Colleen S. Marzluff. 1993. Common Ravens are Attracted by Appeasement Calls of Food Discoverers When Attacked. The Auk 110 (2): 247-254
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John M. Marzluff and Bernd Heinrich. 1991. Foraging by Common Ravens in the Presence and Absence of Territory Holders: an Experimental Analysis of Social Foraging. Anim. Behav. 42 (5): 755-770
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B. Heinrich and J.M. Marzluff. 1991. Do Common Ravens Yell Because They Want to Attract Others?. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 28 (1): 13-21
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Ecology

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Jeffrey E. Bradley and John M. Marzluff. 2003. Rodents as Nest Predators: Influences on Predatory Behavior and Consquences to Nesting Birds. The Auk 120 (4): 1180-1187
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Endangered Species

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Jeffrey R. Walters, Scott R. Derrickson, D. Michael Fry, Susan M. Haig, John M. Marzluff, and Joseph M. Wunderle, Jr. 2010. Status of the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) and Efforts to Achieve Its Recovery. The Auk 127 (4): 969-1001
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John L. Klavitter, John M. Marzluff, and Mark S. Vekasy. 2003. Abundance and Demography of the Hawaiian Hawk: Is Delisting Warranted?. The Journal of Wildlife Management 67 (1): 165-176
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Marco Restani and John M. Marzluff. 2002. Funding Extinction? Biological Needs and Political Realities in the Allocation of Resources to Endangered Species Recovery. BioScience 52 (2): 169-177
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Marco Restani and John M. Marzluff. 2002. Response from Restani and Marzluff. BioScience 52 (10): 868-870
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Marco Restani and John M. Marzluff. 2002. Response from Restani and Marzluff. BioScience 52 (7): 548-551
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Marco Restani and John M. Marzluff. 2001. Avian Conservation under the Endangered Species Act: Expenditures versus Recovery Priorities. Conservation Biology 15 (5): 1292-1299
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Urban Ecology

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John M. Marzluff, Clucas, B., Oleyar, M.D., and J. DeLap. 2015. The causal response of avian communities to suburban development: a quasi-experimental, longitudinal study. Urban Ecosystems.
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R. P. Snep, Kooijmans, JL, Kwak, RGM, Foppen, RPB, Parsons, H., Awasthy, M., Sierdsema, HLK, Marzluff, JM, Fernandez-Juricic, E., de Laet, J, and van Heezik, YM. 2015. Urban bird conservation: presenting stakeholder-specific arguments for the development of bird-friendly cities. Urban Ecosystems.
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Barbara Clucas and John M. Marzluff. 2015. A cross-continental look at the patterns of avian species diversity and composition across an urbanization gradient. Wildlife Research
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Babara Clucas, Sergey Rabotyagov, and John M. Marzluff. 2015. How much is that birdie in my backyard? A cross-continental economic valuation of native urban songbirds. Urban Ecosystems 18: 251-266
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Stan Rullman and John M. Marzluff. 2014. Raptor Presence Along an Urban-Wildland Gradient: Influences of Prey Abundance and Land-Cover. Journal of Raptor Research 48(3): 257-272
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Laura S. Farwell and John M. Marzluff. 2013. A new bully on the block: Does urbanization promote Berwick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii) agressive exclusion of Pacific wrens (Troglodytes pacificus)? Biological Conservation 161: 128-141
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Thomas M. Unfried, Lorenz Hauser, and John M. Marzluff. 2012. Effects of Urbanization on Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Population Connectivity. Conserv Genet 14 (1): 41-53 DOI: 10.1007/s10592-012-0422-2
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Peter J. Meffert, John M. Marzluff, Frank Dziock. 2012. Unintentional Habits: Value of a City for the Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Landscape and Urban Planning 108 (1): 49-56
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Barbara Clucas and John M. Marzluff. 2012. Attitudes and Actions Towards Birds in Urban Areas: Human Cultural Differences Influence Bird Behavior. The Auk 129 (1): 8-16
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John M. Marzluff. 2012. Urban Evolutionary Ecology in Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation. University of California Press Chapter 18 287-307
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Kara Whittaker and John M. Marzluff. 2012. Post-fledging Mobility in an Urban Landscape. Pp. 183-198 in C.A. Lepczyk and P.S. Warren (Eds). Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 45). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
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Barbara Clucas and John M. Marzluff. 2011. Coupled Relationships Between Humans and Other Organisms in Urban Areas in Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications. Oxford University Press Chapter 3.1 135-147
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Brian N. Kertson and John M. Marzluff. 2010. Improving Studies of Resource Selection by Understanding Resource Use. Environmental Conservation 38 (1): 18-27 DOI: 10.1017/s0376892910000706
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Kara A. Whittaker and John M. Marzluff. 2009. Species-Specific Survival and Relative Habitat Use in an Urban Landscape During the Postfledging Period. The Auk 126 (2): 288-299
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Eric Shulenberger, Wilfried Endlicher, Marina Alberti, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, Craig Zumbrunnen, Ute Simon, and John Marzluff (Eds). Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature. New York: Springer 2008 Online
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Jeffrey A. Hepinstall, Marina Alberti, and John M. Marzluff. 2008. Predicting Land Cover Change and Avian Community Responses in Rapidly Urbanizing Environments. Landscape Ecology 23 (10): 1257-1276 DOI: 10.1007/s10980-008-9296-6
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John M. Marzluff and Amanda D. Rodewald. 2008. Converving Biodiversity in Urbanizing Areas: Nontraditional Views from a Bird's Perspective. Cities and the Environment 1 (2): 27pp
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John M. Marzluff, John C. Withey, Kara A. Whittaker, M. David Oleyar, Thomas M. Unfried, Stan Rullman, and Jack DeLap. 2007. Consequences of Habitat Utilization by Nest Predators and Breeding Songbirds Across Multiple Scales in an Urbanizing Landscape. The Condor 109 (3): 516-534
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Roarke Donnelly and John M. Marzluff. 2006. Relative Importance of Habitat Quantity, Structure, and Spatial Pattern to Birds in Urbanizing Environments. Urban Ecosystems 9 (2): 99-117
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Lin Robinson, Joshua P. Newewll, John M. Marzluff. 2005. Twenty-five Years of Sprawl in the Seattle Region: Growth Management Responses and Implications for Conservation. Landscape and Urban Planning 71 (1): 51-72
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Christina M. Blewett and John M. Marzluff. 2005. Effects of Urban Sprawl on Snags and the Abundance and Productivity of Cavity-nesting Birds. The Condor 107 (3): 678-693
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Andrew J. Hansen, Richard L. Knight, John M. Marzluff, Scott Powell, Kathryn Brown, Patricia H. Gude, and Kingsford Jones. 2005. Effects of Exurban Development on Biodiversity: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Research Needs. Ecological Applications 15 (6): 1893-1905
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John M. Marzluff. 2005. Island Biogeography for an Urbanizing World: How Extinction and Colonization May Determine Biological Diversity in Human-Dominated Landscapes. Urban Ecosystems 8 (2): 157-177
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Martin Alberti and John M. Marzluff. 2004. Ecological Resilience in Urban Ecosystems: Linking Urban Patterns to Human and Ecological Functions. Urban Ecosystems 7: 241-265
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Roarke E. Donnelly and John M. Marzluff. 2004. Designing Research to Advance the Management of Birds in Urbanizing Areas. Proceedings of the 4th International Urban Wildlife Symposium 114-122
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Roarke Donnelly and John M. Marzluff. 2004. Importance of Reserve Size and Lanscape Context to Urban Bird Conservation. Conservation Biology 18 (3): 733-745
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Marina Alberti, John M. Marzluff, Eric Shulenberger, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, and Craig Zumbrunnen. 2003. Integrating Humans into Ecology: Opportunities and Challenges for Studying Urban Ecosystems. BioScience 53 (12): 1169-1179
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Jeffrey E. Bradley and John M. Marzluff. 2003. Rodents as Nest Predators: Influence on Predatory Behavior and Consequences to Nesting Birds. The Auk 120 (4): 1180-1187
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John M. Marzluff. 2002. Fringe Conservation: a Call to Action. Conservation Biology 16 (5): 1175-1176
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John M. Marzluff and Kern Ewing. 2001. Restoration of Fragmented Landscapes for the Conservation of Birds: A General Framework and Specific Recommendations for Urbanizing Landscapes. Restoration Ecology 9 (3): 280-292
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Wildlife - Habitat Relationships

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Brian N. Kertson and John M. Marzluff. 2010. Improving Studies of Resource Selection by Understanding Resource Use. Environmental Conservation 38 (1): 18-27 doi:10.1017/S0376892910000706
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Joshua J. Millspaugh, Ryan M. Nielson, Lyman McDonald, John M. Marzluff, Robert A. Gitzen, Chadwick D. Rittenhouse, Michael W. Hubbard, and Steven L. Sheriff. 2006. Analysis of Resource Selection Using Utilization Distributions. The Journal of Wildlife Management 70 (2): 384-395
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John M. Marzluff, Joshua J. Millspaugh, Philip Hurvitz, and Mark S. Handcock. 2004. Relating Resources to a Probabilistic Measure of Space Use: Forest Fragments and Steller's Jays. Ecology 85 (5): 1411-1427
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