What do schoolie ravens eat, and where do they go when term is over?

Australian ravens are problematic for many Perth schoolyards.  They are super-smart animals that know how to undo backpack zips, open lunchboxes, and access bins.  Their populations flourish around schools as they exploit discarded (or badly protected) play lunches and refuse.  But what happens when term is over and students leave for holidays?  Anecdotal stories suggest that these bullying birds head out into the neighbourhood where they cause havoc amongst small bird and reptile populations.  This project will use a range of methods to find out what the birds are doing: following ravens using trackers, watching their exploitation of resources within schoolyards, and analysing their diet.

For more information contact Trish Fleming t.fleming@murdoch.edu.au