The Crow Commute
Every evening in East Vancouver, one can witness a fascinating daily phenomenon: a seemingly endless stream of crows flying overhead, leaving the city eastward with the evening rush hour. In his History of Metropolitan Vancouver, Chuck Davis reported that in 1903, the city of Vancouver opened a cull on crows - for a time, citizens could lawfully shoot them. According to a 2008 TED Talk by Joshua Klein, crows are one of the few species which, like humans, are capable of learning culturally, that is to say that they can communicate knowledge to each other, and pass this knowledge to subsequent generations. Despite the cull, there are an abundance of crows in Vancouver today, and over a hundred years later, every evening, thousands of them fly to the suburbs to roost at the end of the day, interestingly just outside of Vancouver’s official city limits.