When you don’t know something, you look it up. Perhaps you Google it, or go directly to Wikipedia. If you’re of a certain age, you used to go to a library and find the row of identical, black and gold books of Encyclopedia Britannica. You may even ask someone, but you go to a trusted… Read more
How to Use Media from the Library
Use high quality media for research, education, or commercial use
Audio and video recordings in the Macaulay Library are used by a broad audience for a variety of purposes. Scientists use the collection to better understand and preserve our planet. Teachers use our sounds and videos to illustrate the natural world and create exciting interactive learning opportunities. Our collection has even been used in movies and art! Through all of these, we help people depict nature accurately and bring the wonders of animal behavior to the widest possible audience.
Lance Benner records audio of birds while mountain biking at night. He has regular routes and stops, and catches some recordings opportunistically, like an American dipper singing. Living in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, he does most of his birding around his home. But he has also done some extensive traveling. As a Planetary… Read more
Jacques Cousteau’s The Silent World (1956) seriously underestimated the sounds marine life make, but he may have captured a bygone time when the ocean was quieter than it is now. The Sonic Sea documents the cacophony humans have created in the ocean. With increasingly global commerce, ships with loud engines are crisscrossing oceans on super highways,… Read more
The bird songs recorded in the Macaulay Library can provide serious entertainment. Recordings from the collection are used for media productions, either for authentic representations of animal sounds, or mixed to create an entertaining atmosphere. You may have heard a strange, prehistoric cry from the mythical phoenix Fawkes in the Warner Brothers movie Harry Potter… Read more
A Multimedia Exhibit by Artist Maya Lin World renowned artist Maya Lin created a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience to explore species extinction and our perception and memories of the past, present and future. What is Missing debuted in 2009, and is an on-going interactive project for visitors to explore videos and sounds, learn about species and habitat loss,… Read more