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Photos in the archive help build new Australian Birds of Prey book

By Mat Gilfedder
Thousands of birders and photographers archive their media every year in the Macaulay Library. Some of these photos are now featured in a new field guide on Australian birds of prey. Mat Gilfedder and his coauthors searched the Macaulay Library for photos of Australian raptors in flight and reached out to each photographer for permission…

Ninety for ninety years—a celebration for our 90th anniversary

By Macaulay Library Team
The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is celebrating 90 years of archiving and recording bird sounds. On May 18th, 1929 Arthur Allen and Peter Paul Kellogg made history with the very first recording of wild birds in North America. Since that pivotal day in Ithaca, New York in 1929, the Macaulay Library…

Instituto Humboldt and the Macaulay Library announce new joint venture

By Macaulay Library Team
The Macaulay Library is pleased to announce a new collaboration between Instituto Humboldt and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Our teams are joining forces to bring the Colección de Sonidos Ambientales at the Instituto Humboldt (IAvH-CSA) online at the Macaulay Library (ML). Thanks to Colombian biologists and sound recordists, the CSA currently contains over 20,000…

Niels Krabbe audio collection now in the Macaulay Library

By Macaulay Library Team
We are very pleased to announce that renowned Danish ornithologist Niels Krabbe recently archived a high-resolution copy of his audio collection at the Macaulay Library. Krabbe is perhaps best known for his extensive fieldwork in South America, especially with Scytalopus tapaculos, but he also has significant numbers of audio recordings from the Solomon Islands, Papua…

Contributor Spotlight—Teresa and Miles Tuffli

By Teresa & Miles Tuffli
Teresa and Miles Tuffli are avid birders who regularly contribute audio recordings and photographs to the Macaulay Library. They enjoy volunteering their time with nature-based organizations within their community of Sonoma County, California. Teresa and Miles shared their story with the Macaulay Library about how they got started birding and all the wonderful things they…

Recordist of note—Linda Macaulay

By Kathi Borgmann
Linda Macaulay dedicates much, if not all, of her spare time to recording birds and building the sound library that now bears her name. Linda has archived more than 6,000 audio recordings of 2,831 species. She has also added more than 650 recordings that were the very first recordings of a species in the archive.…

eBirder and photographer Pavel Parkhaev contributes the 10 millionth photo

By Team eBird
It’s been just a little over three years since eBird and Macaulay Library partnered to give eBirders a place to permanently archive their photos and sounds. On 22 January 2019, eBirder and photographer Pavel Parkhaev from Moscow, Russia contributed the 10 millionth photo to the Macaulay Library! This is a huge milestone and a tribute…