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Recordist of note: Mark Robbins

Mark Robbins, the Collection Manager at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, has been recording bird sounds for 40 years, mounting an unparalleled collection of sounds all of which have been archived in the Macaulay Library. Robbins now has 11,055 recordings and counting in the library—that’s nearly 3% of all of the recordings in the…

Expanded audio coverage in Merlin

It’s happened to all of us, you’re enjoying the morning chorus when you hear something unfamiliar. Putting a name to a new bird sound can be challenging, but now more than ever, perusing the sound sets offered by Merlin Bird ID can help you solve the mystery! With the songs and calls featured in Merlin,…

eBird Essentials

eBird has a million ways to help your birding—and we bet you don’t know them all. Whether you’re just starting out or have been eBirding for years, we’re confident that our new free eBird Essentials course has at least one tip, trick, or piece of key info that you haven’t seen before. With so many different…

Announcing Explore Species

Macaulay Library and eBird have built cutting-edge birding tools—from life lists to sightings maps, and hotspot exploration to millions of photos and audio recordings, we’ve worked to provide the key elements that any birder needs. This month, we’ve added a fantastic new piece to the puzzle: Explore Species. Explore Species unites the strengths of eBird,…

Celebrating our students: Marcelo Araya Salas

Dr. Marcelo Araya Salas, post-doctoral researcher, studies the evolution of vocal learning in hummingbirds. Vocal learning is only found in a handful of mammals, including humans, and in three avian orders: songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds. Using techniques for measuring and classifying vocalizations of 272 species of hummingbirds and combining these data with techniques for looking…