Nature Matters: Aquarium To Open New Crow Exhibit

By KBJR News 1

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Freeway the crow lives at the Great Lakes Aquarium.
He's there because a leg injury sent him to an animal rehabilitator.

"The fracture healed and they contacted us to give him a permanent home where he could live out his life." said curator Heidi Nelson.

That new home at the aquarium is almost ready.
The bird will be used to teach people about how crows interact with Great Lakes ecosystems.
The Aquarium staff also wants to educate people on why the birds do what they do.

"We often see them out in the neighborhood and maybe associate them with disturbances and disturbing garbage and that gives them a bad rap and this is a great way for people to understand how intelligent and amazing these birds really are." said educator Alexis Berke.

Freeway, for example, is a master with shape puzzles.
His upbringing by humans has dulled some of his bird behavior.
Before he can go on display, then, he needs to learn more about being a crow.

"To mimic some of the behaviors he would use in the wild like caching food, collecting and those sorts of behaviors." said Berke.

Because of their intelligence and ability to learn, Aquarium staff members say it's not too hard to teach you neighborhood crows to stay away.
They don't like loud noises and remember where those sounds come from.
Just don't bother with a scarecrow. They don't work.

"You know, no. No, they don't!" said Nelson.

In Duluth for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

Barring any unforeseen building problems, Freeway should be in his new home and on display on March, 4th.