We are thrilled to announce two exciting updates to the Macaulay Library website- redesigned media specimen pages and expanded Advanced Search options– that will help users explore the 5+ million photos, audio recordings, and videos in the Macaulay Library archive. We hope that these new developments will make the Macaulay Library even more accessible and useful… Read more
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Phil Green’s connection to nature makes the foundation for how he lives his life. Green is the caretaker of four islands protected by The Nature Conservancy in Washington’s San Juan Islands archipelago. Yellow Island, the eleven-acre member of the preserve he calls home, is only accessible by boat, but visitors who make the trip are… Read more
As one of the most striking differences in bird occurrence from year-to-year in many northern regions of the world, finch irruptions are often exciting events. Will this winter have Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings dripping from the local crabapples? Will crossbills be crunching away in the conifers? Ron Pittaway’s finch forecast is always a much-anticipated read for… Read more
The world’s largest scientific archive of animal signal recordings, the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, is partnering with other institutions to co-curate and digitize an enormous archive of animal audio and video recordings from the library’s vaults. The analog material in the library’s collection at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology includes recordings of mainly birds,… Read more
Over the past few millennia, human-caused habitat change has had one of the most profound effects on bird populations globally, especially since industrialization in the 1800s. Looking forward, we can expect human-caused habitat loss to represent the greatest threat to many North American breeding birds. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to… Read more
Across the far reaches of America, the English language is spoken in colorful variation. If you’re Texan, I reckon y’all fixin’ for some coke in this summer heat, but as a Michigander, yuh guys go tuh gedduh pop. New Yorkers and Bostonians drink soda, but some wicked wee-id Bostonians drink tonic, while some New Yorkers… Read more