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Contributor Profile: Phil Green

Phil Green’s connection to nature makes the foundation for how he lives his life. Green is the caretaker of four islands protected by the Nature conservancy in Washington’s San Juan Islands archipelago. Yellow Island, the eleven-acre member of the preserve he calls home, is only accessible by boat, but visitors who make the trip are… Read more

Crossbills of North America: Species and Red Crossbill Call Types 

As one of the most striking differences in bird occurrence from year-to-year in many northern regions of the world, finch irruptions are often exciting events. Will this winter have Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings dripping from the local crabapples? Will crossbills be crunching away in the conifers? Ron Pittaway’s finch forecast is always a much-anticipated read for… Read more

Decades of bird signals, songs digitized for scientific research – Science Nation

The world’s largest scientific archive of animal signal recordings, the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, is partnering with other institutions to co-curate and digitize an enormous archive of animal audio and video recordings from the library’s vaults. The analog material in the library’s collection at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology includes recordings of mainly birds,… Read more

Eastern North American forest birds most threatened on wintering grounds

Over the past few millennia, human-caused habitat change has had one of the most profound effects on bird populations globally, especially since industrialization in the 1800s. Looking forward, we can expect human-caused habitat loss to represent the greatest threat to many North American breeding birds. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to… Read more

Hermit Thrush Song Differs Across North America

Across the far reaches of America, the English language is spoken in colorful variation. If you’re Texan, I reckon y’all fixin’ for some coke in this summer heat, but as a Michigander, yuh guys go tuh gedduh pop. New Yorkers and Bostonians drink soda, but some wicked wee-id Bostonians drink tonic, while some New Yorkers… Read more

Edward W. Rose III Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than a… Read more

July Recording Contest

This event has ended, but stay tuned for future contests. Congratulations to our winners for this time, Justin Watts, Phil Green, and Bruce Rideout! July is an underrated month when it comes to sound recording. Quieter than May or June, it still has plenty to offer: song can still fill the air, adults call near nests or fledglings, and young… Read more

Dance Moves Support Evidence for New Bird-of-Paradise Species

The Superb Bird-of-Paradise—the shape-shifting black bird of central New Guinea that woos its mate with an iridescent blue “smiley-face” dance—has an equally superb cousin in the isolated mountains of Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Peninsula in the island’s far west. Scientist Ed Scholes and photographer Tim Laman, with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project, have now… Read more

Female Bird Song Project

by Karan Odom Most birders know that males of many bird species sing. Less well known is that females of many species sing too – and that their songs can often be equally beautiful and complex. In fact, recent research shows that females sing in about 2/3 of songbird species, and that female songs likely evolved… Read more

Ben Mirin, Wildlife DJ

Wildlife DJ and contributor to Macaulay Library, Ben Mirin, creatively weaves sounds of animals into rhythmic echoes of nature. He has captured the acoustic soundscapes of the forests of Borneo, the Sonoran Desert, and the Great Barrier Reef by mixing bird songs, cougar growls, cicada chirps, parrot fish feeding, waves, and wind into music that… Read more