One research group is currently researching and documenting crow behavior. The first question of this study is, “Do crows feel more comfortable eating in groups?” Students will observe groups of crows and individual crows as they are eating and measure how many times per minute an individual crow raises its head and scans (scanning rate). A high scanning rate would seem to indicate the birds are worried about potential predators. This group thinks that the larger the group, the less scanning that will be taking place.
The next question this group will be examining is, “Is there a positive correlation between crow population and human population in specific areas?” Census data from Iredell County, NC, and the United States will all be compared to crow population numbers from Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count data.