Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Remembering Bil Gilbert

Bil Gilbert loved crows

This post begins a series on birds and the people who care about them. 

Bil Gilbert passed away on January 27, 2012, but his legacy lives on. His love of nature and all things wild led him to create the American Society of Crows and Ravens (ASCAR) and publish a newsletter called the Corvi Chronicle.  As a member of ASCAR, it was wonderful to be part of a community who appreciated and loved a bird that is and has been much maligned over many centuries. 

But Bil knew better and Corvids are now recognized as one of the most intelligent creatures on earth.  I myself was fortunate to be able to observe crows closely over 25 years as they raised successive generations in a very tall white pine tree in woods behind my house. Theirs truly was a "crows nest." Securely perched among the highest branches, it afforded the birds clear and sweeping views of their territory. Listening to the incredible range of calls between parents and young as they raised their families was a privilege. Sadly, that magnificent tree was toppled during Hurricane Sandy.

Bil led a full and fascinating life. In addition to his work with ASCAR, he was a traveler, naturalist and prolific writer, published in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Audubon, Esquire, Playboy, Time and other publications.  Read more here.

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