Auburn, New York: Murder of Crows

A massive swarm of crows has taken up residence in this town's cemetery. Omen, curse, or just good eats?

Fort Hill Cemetery

19 Fort St., Auburn, NY
Fort Hill Cemetery. Southwest side of town, midway between Hwy 326/Genesee St. and Hwy 34/South St.
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Sickening droppings in prison town to be deterred by murderers of a murder of crows

Auburn, New York has raised an aviary terror alert. Fearing a public health crisis from concentrated crow excrement, Auburn, New York plans to battle its own tourist attraction by unleashing predator birds to scare the crows....

[10/09/2004] Complete News Story

Murder of Crows

Late fall to early spring each year, Auburn, NY has a "Murder" of Crows (between 50 and 70 thousand) descend on an historic cemetery and ancient Indian burial ground in the late afternoon, just before dusk. At dusk they move downtown all at once to roost of the night.

This sight is so amazing that National Geographic did a television show about it this year. It's become quite the tourist attraction at Fort Hill Cemetery. Some people say it's the spirits of those buried in among the ancient burial mounds. Even without the crows, the cemetery's topography and monuments are very impressive.

[Steve Johnson, 09/05/1999]

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