Book Review: Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

At the Edge of the Ordinary

Crow PlanetIn Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, author Lyanda Lynn Haupt explores the relationship of humans and the more-than-human world from the perspective of the urban environment.  Suitably, she focuses on crows in this exploration, for not only are crows one of the most familiar wild animals to humans around the world, but their populations are also increasing – a sign of the not-so-positive influence we have had on other species.  “Abundant crows are an emblem of rampant habitat destruction and of the creation of an earth that is inhospitable to all but a handful of the most resilient beings,” she writes.

Apart from that, crows are interesting in themselves.  They are highly intelligent, have been known to use tools, and have a complex social structure.  Reading Crow Planet, I learned about how they raise their young, how they communicate, and that they are unusual among…

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