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Sightings submitted by eBirders can help inform policy to safeguard birds

By Team eBird
Public participation in scientific research through citizen-science projects has skyrocketed in the past 10 years. Citizen scientists have been donating billions of dollars’ worth of their time collecting information on everything from birds, bees, butterflies, and more resulting in a treasure trove of data helping scientists better understand plant, animal, and insect populations. New research…

Recordings Plus Specimens Reveal Female Song in a Flycatcher Species

By Kathi Borgmann
In the last several years, song in female birds has been documented more and more frequently, thanks to community scientists, sound archives, and dedicated researchers. But for groups of species like flycatchers in which males and females look identical, female song can easily go unnoticed. New research out this month in the Wilson Journal of…

Merlin Bird ID Gets New Photos and Audio for Birds in the US and Canada

By Macaulay Library Team
Merlin Bird ID, the premier bird identification app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, launched in 2014 with 285 species in the United States and Canada. Since then, Merlin has grown leaps and bounds. Now Merlin helps users identify more than 7,500 species of birds around the world and is jam packed with hundreds of…

Pandemic-related changes in birding may have consequences for eBird research

By Team eBird
Newly published research in the journal Biological Conservation finds that changes in human behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic can have major consequences for community data-gathering projects such as eBird. Researchers must take into account that when human behaviors change, so do the data being collected. The study focused on eBird reports from New York State,…

Recordist of Note: Mort and Phyllis Isler

By Kathi Borgmann
The path to ornithology and sound recording came late in life for Mort and Phyllis Isler, but that has not stopped them from making significant contributions in the field. In their late 40s and early 50s, after establishing successful careers in other fields Mort and Phyllis found themselves working alongside some of the most pre-eminent…

Macaulay Library Year in Review

By Team Macaulay Library
2020 was a record-setting year for eBird, Merlin, the Macaulay Library, Birds of the World, and BirdCast, delivering a new era of scientific and conservation applications, innovative new birding tools, and much more. This year more than any other our community grew in exciting new ways. Millions of bird enthusiasts visited our websites and nearly…

Publications Using Macaulay Library Assets in 2020

By Kathi Borgmann
Acevedo-Charry, O., and W. Daza-Diaz (2020). First record of Rufous-thighed Kite Harpagus diodon in Colombia. Bull. B.O.C. 140:104–109. Adams, D. B., and D. M. Kitchen (2020). Model vs. playback experiments: The impact of sensory mode on predator-specific escape responses in saki monkeys. Ethology 00:1-13 Adsett, W. J., and L. Lieurance (2020). First breeding record, vocalisations…