New RavenCam at Wellesley’s Science Center

Wellesley has installed a RavenCam to closely observe a pair of Common Ravens nesting on the Science Center.  Frost Professor of Environmental Science and Professor of Biological Sciences Nicholas Rodenhouse sent the following message about the birds:

“We are recording their behavior at the nest 24 hours per day for scientific purposes.  Not much is known about ravens in urban environments, and no one has ever before had the opportunity to observe closely urban ravens at the nest.  Much can potentially be learned about parental behavior, vocalizations, diet, etc.  Ravens until recently have been birds of the wilds in the Northeast, but they have been increasing in abundance in this area since the mid 1970s — no one knows why.  Male and female ravens look alike, but only the female incubates the eggs.  The eggs should hatch in about 9 days (they have been incubating already for about 11 days).  If all goes well, the young will remain in the nest for another five weeks, leaving the nest at about the time of “graduation.”  Ravens are highly social, vocal, creative and love to have fun.  If they are successful in raising two offspring, we will see them learning and playing and hear them laughing over the campus this summer.  It will be a lot of fun for us all.”

Follow the ravens, and read more about these amazingly intelligent birds here:

Wellesley Club of Boston Hosting Food-Themed Spring Meeting

The Wellesley Club of Boston is hosting an exciting Spring Meeting on May 8th, featuring Handprinter Louisa Kasdon ’72 and Wellesley Political Science Professor Rob Paarlberg. The full description is as follows:


When: May 8, 2014 from 6-8:30pm
Where: Nutter, McLellan and Fish, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston 02210
Cost: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Food connects us all. It sustains the body, the community. The daily quest for food drives much of human activity. We are in a time of great examination of how we raise our food, over simple sufficiency, over excessive calories consumed and excessive calories wasted. We have angst about whether our food is safe to eat. Whether GMO’s are part of the problem, or part of the solution? Is fresh always better than frozen? Do we all need to become urban farmers or vegans? What are the best strategies to feed a healthy, hungry world? Join Wellesley College political science professor Robert Paarlberg and food writer Louisa Kasdon ‘72 for a conversation that will address these questions.