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Photos and Social Media Help Scientists Identify a Hybrid Fairywren

By Macaulay Library Team
In 2015, the Macaulay Library began accepting photos of birds alongside eBird checklists with the hopes of creating a curated collection of bird photos to help people learn more about birds. Now the Macaulay Library contains more than 36 million photos of more than 10,500 species. Scientists are now starting to tap the collection of…

Celebrate eBird’s 20th Anniversary on Global Big Day

By Team eBird
eBird is celebrating 20 years of powering data-driven approaches to science, conservation, and education through shared birding experiences. eBird launched in 2002 with a simple idea: “Record any bird you see, from anywhere and any time, then explore where the birds are!” Since the first public eBird checklist was submitted on 8 May 2002, eBird…

Photos in the Macaulay Library Help Uncover Hummingbird Feather Replacement Patterns and More

By Kathi Borgmann
The Macaulay Library started archiving photos from birders who add them to eBird checklists in 2015. Since then the library has accumulated more than 34 million photos of 10,350 species. The collection, Mike Webster, director of the Macaulay Library, says “is a gold mine for birders and researchers alike.” New research out this week in…

2021 Year in Review: eBird, Merlin, Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World

By Macaulay Library and Team eBird
2021 was a year of milestones. From one billion records in eBird, to the transformative launch of Merlin Sound ID, to new conservation decision-making tools powered by eBird Status and Trends visualizations, there’s a lot we’ll remember from the past twelve months. This year, millions of people from every country in the world joined us…

2021 Publications Using Assets from the Macaulay Library

By Macaulay Library Team
Allport, G., J. M. Collinson, S. S. Seneviratne, and T. J. Shannon (2021). Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis and Western Yellow Wagtail M. flava in Sri Lanka with comments on their status in South Asia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 141:372–386. Bateman, H. L., S. B. Riddle, and E. S. Cubley (2021). Using Bioacoustics…

The Oriental Bird Club Image Database Has a New Home at the Macaulay Library

By Team Macaulay Library
From 2002 to 2021, the Oriental Bird Club Image Database (OBI) has been a place to share and explore images of Asian birds. Covering regions from Pakistan to Wallacea, and from Mongolia and Japan to the Lesser Sundas and Christmas Island, the OBI website has been an invaluable tool for learning about the avifauna of…