Macaulay Library Year in Review

By Team Macaulay Library
Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata

  • Ohio, Licking, United States

2020 was a record-setting year for eBird, Merlin, the Macaulay Library, Birds of the World, and BirdCast, delivering a new era of scientific and conservation applications, innovative new birding tools, and much more. This year more than any other our community grew in exciting new ways. Millions of bird enthusiasts visited our websites and nearly 800,000 have contributed sightings—be it close to home, on the way to work, or at parks, ponds, and fields.

There’s no doubt this was a challenging year. More people turned to birds than ever before to find comfort, hope, and a sense of connection with others. To all who joined us for the first time in 2020, welcome. You make a difference, from inspiring the millions who come to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to learn, to sharing your bird observations with the tens of thousands of people who use them for research, conservation, and education each year. We appreciate and thank our eBird Supporters who help support eBird and the Cornell Lab by making a monthly contribution.

Whether you’re new to birds or have been with us since the beginning, you’re part of a global birding community that makes all of this possible. Thank you.

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