The raven has long been recognized as one of natures most intelligent birds. The Alaskan natives refer to the raven as the "Trickster" spirit in lore. Many names have been given to a gathering of ravens such as : a conspiracy of ravens, a murder of ravens, a congress of ravens and an unkindness. The raven is a year round resident of Alaska and pairs of ravens mate for life.
A group of ravens perched on a log surrounded by lupine flowers. This photograph was taken near Portage, Alaska.