Snapshot of Sound Celebrates Macaulay Library’s 90th Year

By Kathi Borgmann
Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus

  • Massachusetts, Suffolk, United States

May 18th, 2019 marked the 90th anniversary of the first sound recording of wild birds in North America and the beginning of the Macaulay Library. May 18th also marked the start of the first ever Snapshot of Sound event. Thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual event to record a snapshot of sound from birds around the world. More than 1,300 people from 59 countries made 5,341 recordings of 813 species from May 18th – May 26th. That’s an incredible accomplishment! Thank you!

Take a look at where the recordings came from.

The Grand Prize winner, randomly drawn from qualifying recordings, went to Orlando Jarquín. Orlando received a Rode VideoMic Go. The second prize went to Scott Richardson. Scott received a 1-year subscription to Birds of North American and an eBird hat. Third prize went to Margaret Viens. Margaret received the $100 gift certificate to Bird Academy. Congratulations Orlando, Scott, and Margaret!!!

Thank you to all who participated in this event. As a thank you we’ve created a few snapshot of sounds recording during the week.


If this event inspired you to record bird songs and calls when you’re out birding, we have another challenge for you! Make 90 qualifying recordings of any species from now until October 31st for our 90 for 90 challenge. Check out this page for more details.