Kids Comments

I visited a second grade classroom to share raven stories and my books. Here are some comments from these great kids:

  • “I liked your book. When Shade was looking for water in the desert and to get Emily to help Shade was happy to save the man. It was a good book to read. It was a fun book to read.”
  • “I liked your book Shade because I learned a lot about ravens. I learned they fly fast and travel far. Thank you for reading us your book! I also enjoyed your book now I feel very happy.”
  • “I like Shade because she saved the man from the Sedona desert. I didn’t like that people get lost in the desert. I feel ravens are cool because they can fly to Walmart and find food. I like your book about ravens.”
  • “It was a great book. Emily and Shade were rescuing the man. I think the book was beautiful. I love the book because I learned about ravens and it is a beautiful book!”
  • “Shade was a good book because Shade helped that person who (was) lost in the desert. I really liked the book! It is that Emily put the GPS
    tracker on Shade. Now Shade is part of the rescue team! I learned a lot about ravens and I learned that ravens love Cheetos.”
  • Shade the Raven and Emily.

    Shade and Emily




Shade - A Story About A Very Smart Raven book cover

Shade – A Story About A Very Smart Raven


Raven Story Contest–Two Winners!!

IMG_1639Because raven lovers have a favorite story or two about the birds in their backyard or town, I launched a Best Raven Story Ever Contest, winners to receive a free copy of The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird.  Two winners were chosen and here are their stories.

Raven Reunion–from Donna in Sedona:

“I’ve lived in a cul-de-sac in West Sedona for over ten years.  Across the street they have huge pine trees, which, of course, the ravens love.  There is a “couple” who love to sit on the very top branches.  One day I looked out my window and saw 40 or 50 ravens standing around, visiting, scattered through the entire cul-de-sac.  I was so surprised that I didn’t even think to grab a
camera…I wish I had.”

Diane-I think Donna was quite lucky to see such a large gathering of ravens–I call it raven “eye candy!” What we can’t know is why the group assembled there at that time since it wasn’t a food source. Ah, if only we could decipher those “quorks.”  But read on about another kind of raven gathering…

Another kind of raven gathering–from Tish in Flagstaff AZ

“One morning I was in my house in Flagstaff, AZ., when I heard ravens squawking very loudly out in the front.  I always go see what is going
on when the ravens squawk loudly because it will be something interesting.  One time I saw a coyote walking between my house and the house next door with a rock squirrel in his mouth.  But today I saw a lot of ravens in the pine trees of the neighbor’s yard across the street. When I looked on the ground, I saw a juvenile raven surrounded by adult ravens. The juvenile was lying on its face and the adults were nudging it with their beaks encouraging it to get up.  All the while many ravens in the trees above continued their very loud squawking! The juvenile tried to get up many times but could not raise its head.  I thought that perhaps it had flown into the tree trunk close to it. Finally, all the ravens left, except for a few who stayed to keep watch over the juvenile until it breathed no more.”

Diane–In his book, “Animal Dialogues: uncommon encounters in the wild,” Craig Childs describes just such an experience in the Utah canyon lands. He believed it was a raven wake for one of its own who had died. They seemed to be paying their respects much as humans do at the passing of one of their own. While it’s impossible to know this for certain, I like to think this behavior adds to the characterization of ravens as sociable beings, like humans, even if my thinking is anthropomorphic.

Congratulations to the winners, both who have earned a copy of my book “The Un-Common Raven.” Thanks for taking the time to enter.


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Raven eating ice cream on the South Rim

Raven eating ice cream on the South Rim


This raven lives at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. During tourist season he hangs out around the rim by Bright Angel Lodge to beg for food. In the first photo, a tourist gave him a cup of ice cream that he dipped
his beak into until it was gone.





Raven Munching Walnuts

Raven Munching Walnuts


The next day, his plaintive cry convinced me to share my walnuts with him!  He ate a few and then carried the rest off to share with a mate or cache for a snack at a later time.






Do Not Feed The Wildlife sign

Do Not Feed The Wildlife


Nearby is a sign that clearly states ” DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE.”