There are animals so common that we take them for granted and little appreciate their place in the ecosystem. Ravens are one of those animals, but ravens are special, too. Experience some of that awe and wonder about ravens in a free presentation at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) given by ecologist and storyteller Teralene Foxx at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Listen to ancient stories, learn about raven behavior, and share some of your own stories. This is a repeat performance of the presentation Foxx previously gave in conjunction with PBS Science Café.
Ravens soar on the breezes along the canyon edges, floating on the up and down drafts. We marvel at their acrobatics. On the other hand, we see them at the dumpsters behind McDonalds, consuming a road kill, or leaving unsightly droppings on our cars and patios. Often maligned for being a scavenger, ravens have been called flying rats and are little appreciated and deemed a nuisance, but ravens have also been inspired worship and art.
From ancient times to today, ravens have been revered by cultures around the world, from the Vikings to Native Americans and from modern writers to artists. These birds have served as inspiration for legends, literature, art, vocabulary, religion, and music. Their use in literature is extensive, from the Bible to modern-day fables. Scientists have been fascinated by the mystery of their intelligence and behavior.
The program is free, and no advance registration is required. For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 505.662.0460.