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Birds-of-paradise have it all

By Kathi Borgmann
You can’t have it all, is a phrase many of us have probably heard throughout our lives, but new research on birds-of-paradise suggests that maybe you can…at least if you are a bird-of-paradise. Russell Ligon, a postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and his coauthors Christopher Diaz, Janelle Morano, Jolyon Troscianko, Martin Stevens,…

Recordist of note: Mark Robbins

By Kathi Borgmann
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Institute, has been recording bird sounds for 40 years, mounting an unparalleled collection of sounds all of which have been archived in the Macaulay Library.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

By Kathi Borgmann
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

By Team eBird
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

By Team eBird
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,…

New integrated features in eBird Mobile and Merlin Bird ID

By Team eBird
The Cornell Lab’s mobile apps—eBird Mobile and Merlin Bird ID—are your birding essentials across the globe. Whether you’re at home or halfway around the world, mobile listing and quick ID references can help on every birding excursion. We are excited to announce that the latest versions of Merlin Bird ID and eBird Mobile work even better…

Celebrating our students: Dr. Karan Odom

By Macaulay Library Team
Dr. Karan Odom, post-doctoral researcher is investigating how elaborate female and male songs are and what selects for the elaboration. Male songs are typically linked to sexual selection pressures, such as its representation of a high-quality, healthy male; but for females, it may be driven by their need to compete with males for resources or…

Celebrating our students: Jessica Dobler

By Macaulay Library Team
We don’t know if hybridization is more common in some species of birds than others, so undergraduate Jessica Dobler is studying the factors that influence hybridization in birds. She is building a database of bird species and their life history and behavioral characteristics, using primarily information in the Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World…