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Publications 2018

By Kathi Borgmann
In 2018, scientists published 112 peer-reviewed papers using media from the Macaulay Library. Media in the Macaulay Library helped researchers discover a new species of grosbeak in the Amazon and helped us understand why birds-of-paradise not only have amazing plumage patterns, but dance moves and vocalizations as well. Researchers also used media in the Macaulay Library…

Recordist of Note: Saurabh Sawant

By Kathi Borgmann
Meet Saurabh Sawant, a Macaulay Library contributor. Saurabh tells us why he started recording bird sounds and what he loves about it. Thank you, Saurabh for joining our community and for archiving your photos and recordings with the Macaulay Library! Special thanks to Lauren Gabuzzi for creating the video.    

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has been recording bird sounds for 40 years, mounting an unparalleled collection of sounds all of which have been archived in the Macaulay Library.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