The Ravens of Crater Lake National Park

Raven by Larry Eifert – all rights reserved

In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, for example, the raven is the one who “croaks the evil entrance.” Edgar Allen Poe’s description of the raven is also ominous:

“Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore— Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!” Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Next time you are on the rim and have the feeling you are being watched, you probably are.

Ravens have prospered because they are exceptional observers with remarkable memories. They can successfully collate and retrieve information, while recognizing cause and effect sequences. Such ability assists the ravens in acquiring sustenance and allows them to feast on an amazing array of foods.

It may be well to remember as we bear witness to ravens observing human activities in picnic areas, this is opportunistic behavior predating (by millennia) the sign reading, “Do not feed the wildlife.”….read more….

Raven, Crater Lake National Park, photo by Robert Mutch


Nature Notes From Crater Lake

A wonderful essay about ravens and the poetry of ravens.

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