Raven http://nhpr.org en Ravens Are Playful And Smart http://nhpr.org/post/ravens-are-playful-and-smart <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Among the many stories about the intelligence of ravens, and their playfulness is one from Mount Monadnock. As the sun was setting a hiker shared the mountaintop with a gang of ravens taking turns leaping &nbsp;into a strong updraft, tumbling up, then circling around to leap again.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:14:18 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 20339 at http://nhpr.org Ravens Are Playful And Smart The Common Raven Is Exceptional http://nhpr.org/post/common-raven-exceptional <p></p><p></p><p>The stately Raven has garnered many connotations over the years, chief among them are for the bird’s intelligence. Additionally, this largest of songbirds is also known for is aerobic alacrity - flying upside down, doing barrel, etc - and playful proclivities.</p><p>Stories of their intelligence abound, including one that involves Cheetos. A wildlife biologist was attempting to trap and band ravens. To lure them in, he spread Cheetos on snow and the bright orange color soon attracted several ravens, which were then snared by leg traps under the snow.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 19838 at http://nhpr.org The Common Raven Is Exceptional