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American crows

Jen Mui

Illinois’ crows are making a comeback. There’s a surprising connection to our health.

Some consider them pests or harbingers of doom. For others, they’re a sign of good luck. For Pullman resident Phoebe Murtagh, the American Crow is a charismatic addition to her favorite Chicago parks.

“I’ve found them curious since I learned that they can use tools and recognize faces, and clever animals are always kind of the most interesting because you end up wondering what they’re thinking about,” she said.

The 26-year-old spends a lot of time in parks all around the city and loves watching the large, black birds explore the tree tops. But the life-long Chicago resident says she doesn’t remember seeing many crows growing up.

“In the past five [or] 10 years, I see [crows] a lot more than I can ever recall,” she said. So she asked Curious City if the number of crows in the city has actually increased.

This week, we revisit that story.

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