UW Bothell is home to an estimated 16,000 crows that roost on campus and campus wetlands during the fall and winter. It is iconic, impressive, and emotive. My office thought it was time to celebrate the phenomenon and focus on the art and research that stems from it. I was the project manager that coordinated all the components, including the many community partners that helped. We had an art exhibit, a tribal story-teller, and two researchers present. Then we finished with a time to relax and watch the crows come in.
Cascadia College co-hosted with UW Bothell, and partners like the City of Bothell, Eastside Audubon 21 Acres and the Lake Washington Watershed all helped by hosting tables and activities, as well as helping provide information about crow behavior and providing scopes for viewing.
By Douglas Esser
Dave and Lydia Schoen live in the Clearview area, north of Woodinville, where they regularly notice crows flying toward Bothell. At Crow Watch 2018, held Oct. 27 on the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College’s shared campus, they were able to see for the first time the crows’ destination.
“We’ve seen small batches of crows heading this direction, and we’re thinking this is spectacular — seeing 50, 60, 70 crows,” Dave Schoen said. “But then you come out here, and you’re seeing literally thousands and thousands of crows all gathered in one place.
“You have to see it to believe it,” he said.
Crow Watch logThe Schoens said they also appreciated the presentations at Crow Watch 2018. It drew hundreds of people at dusk to see the estimated 16,000 crows that arrive before they roost each night in the campus wetlands. Finish Reading Article
I designed the crow poster below!