Crow Watch 2018

Crow watch logo: design with crow on top of a beaker


Crow Watch 2018 -

Thank you to everyone who participated!

October 27, 2018   |   3:00 - 6:30PM

Come join us to watch the crows descend on campus! The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College welcome the community to the Crow Watch 2018 on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00pm. This event features presentations by UW Bothell researchers and a Tulalip Tribe Storyteller. You will also have time to admire the phenomenon of thousands of crows fly in. UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, staff and faculty will share crow art and research posters.

This event is co-hosted by UW Bothell and Cascadia College. In collaboration with the Eastside Audubon Society, 21 Acres Center, and the City of Bothell.

Event is free, but ticketed due to space restrictions. Event registration is now closed.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Arrive on campus, visit the North Creek Events Center to view art gallery, research posters, and community tables
    • Parking on campus is $5.00.
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Speaking Presentations
    • Lois Landgrebe, from Moontalk Storyteller, is a Snohomish storyteller & Tulalip tribal member who weaves stories with English & Lushootseed for her audiences.
    • Ursula Valdez, Ph.D., UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Lecturer and Ornithologist. Dr. Valdez blends art and creative ways to learn with critical analysis and scientific studies in her classroom.
    • Doug Wacker, Ph.D., UW Bothell STEM Assistant Professor and researcher. Dr. Wacker leads research studies from campus roof tops exploring crow communication in social aggregations.
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Presenters will answer questions, panel style, in the ARC
    • Walk around campus (maybe under the eaves!) watching the crows. The Eastside Audubon Society will have volunteer guides with scopes set up to view crows on roof tops/wetlands and answer community questions.
    • View art and research displays in the North Creek Events Center which includes tabling by community partners: 21 Acres, City of Bothell, and Eastside Audubon Society.
    • Crows start flying in as early as 5:50 PM and as late as 6:30 PM.


Activities & Recreation Center (ARC) and North Creek Events Center (NCEC)
18220 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

The presentation will be in the ARC and is ticketed.

The North Creek Events Center will not be ticketed and will be open before and after the presentation from 3-4pm and 5:30-6:30pm. Art and research displays will be available to view. There will be community partners tabling and some kids crafts/activities available.



Parking on campus is $5 in any garage or surface lot (not including meters). Please look at the campus map. The closest places to park are the North or South Garage. Write your license plate number down and pay at the kiosks on your way out of the garage. Keep the receipt - there is no need to add it to your dash.



Cascadia College, 21 Acres, City of Bothell, Eastside Audubon Society, and student research club UREACH.

logos of our event partners U W Bothell, U Rearch, 21 Acres, City of Bothell, East side audubon, cascadia college





Dinner Afterward

The fun doesn't have to stop at dark. We recommend you try out a Bothell restaurant offering Crow Watch Specials: Beardslee Public House, The Cottage and Poquitos. Show your ticket at dinner to receive discount.


About the Speakers

lois landgrebeLois Landgrebe - Moontalk Storyteller  

Lois Landgrebe grew up traveling all over while being raised by a coast guard family.  She became a storyteller at the age of thirteen when she shared her animal stories with her little sister at bedtime.  Lois developed her storytelling in high school on the school bus entertaining grade school-age students on their hour-long rides to and fro. 

Lois embraced her heritage by meeting and reuniting with her birth mom then, becoming a Tulalip tribal member at the age of twenty-two.  She was hired in 1994 as a language assistant for The Tulalip Tribes & was learning and speaking the native language, Lushootseed. Mrs. Landgrebe has been learning the culture and her native language for 24 years now. Mrs. Landgrebe carries a few of the Snohomish stories as a gift to share with various communities and listeners. Miss Lois is also the chairwoman of N.I.S.A (Northwest Indian Storytellers’ Association) leading a group of passionate tellers into the Pacific Northwest.  Vi Hilbert once said to her, “…We breathe life into our stories, the testimony of our ancestors. Encourage your listeners to remember and respect these gifts. They are the key to carrying them on.”

Ursula Valdez looking at something and holding binocularsUrsula Valdez, Ph.D., UW Bothell Lecturer

Dr. Valdez focuses her teaching on the theory and application of topics in ecology, conservation, ornithology, natural history, and human connections with the environment and field biology.

She encourages engagement by providing opportunities for students to explore their own interests related to the class and always incorporates the impact that natural sciences have in other disciplines. In some of her pre-major courses, she introduces the use of creative ways to learn and communicate science. Her students use their creative and artistic skills (or gain new ones) to demonstrate what they learn on the topics covered in class. For example, her students have produced board games, videos, songs, children’s books, murals, and others. With the crows in the UW Bothell backyard, many projects are focused around the roost. Photograph by Marc Studer.


doug wacker and team testing crow monitoring equipmentDouglas Wacker, Ph.D. - UW Bothell Assistant Professor

UW Bothell is home to a large nocturnal crow roost on our North Creek Wetlands Restoration, likely consisting of 10-15,000 crows in the winter.  Each day, prior to and after roosting, crows form pre- and post-roost aggregations. Dr. Wacker and his team research 1) how crows communicate on these aggregations and, more generally, 2) how crows combine vocal and non-vocal behaviors to communicate in social groups.  His current undergraduate research assistants are recording audio and video of crows from a variety of contexts, and analyzing their data using audio analysis software.  In the future, they hope to incorporate the use of crow models and telemetry to further decipher whether and how crows might share information in social aggregations.

Photograph by Marc Studer.

Ticket Registration is Closed



When do the crows fly in?

We tried to time the event just right. The week prior to the event the crows have started coming in as early as 5:50pm and as late as 6:30pm. We think the variation has to do with how cloudy/dark it is.

They congregate first on the trees and rooftops on campus. When you can barely see because it is so dark, they will all take off and spend the night in the wetland trees and sports field.


How to cancel registration

  1. Return to registration page
  2. Toward bottom of page select "Already Registered?"
  3. Enter email and confirmation number (with your tickets that were emailed) into pop-up box
  4. Select "unregister" to cancel your tickets, confirm when asked again.
  5. Or just email


Is there a waitlist?

The waitlist is full. If you did not get to register for a ticket, you can still enjoy the art and research display in the North Creek Events Center. Presenters and community partners will have tables where you can ask questions.

We recommend you come at 5:30 - take a look around the art displays, talk to the Audubon volunteers, and welcome the crows in from 6-6:30ish.


Should children come?

Yes. Children are welcomed to attend (with ticket). Our community partners have prepared a few activities for children of all ages. During the speaking presentation there will be a coloring sheet and crayons available.



Please contact Sarah Verlinde at or call 425-352-3795.


crow standing on art palleteCall for Artwork

If you are affiliated with UW Bothell or Cascadia College, we would like to feature your artwork or research poster. Please contact Sarah Verlinde for information and requirements at