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: http://www.wellesley.edu/ravencam.