Do you have audio and photos of birds in the wild?
We would be thrilled if you would consider archiving your media in the Macaulay Library. In fact, the archive is built entirely by recordists and photographers who have chosen to donate their media to be available to the community for research, education, conservation, and the arts for years to come. We partnered with eBird to provide user-friendly tools for contributing bird sounds and photos to the archive. eBird allows users across the globe record their bird sightings and archive their media. We have a direct connection between eBird and the archive, so that all photos and sounds uploaded are passed seamlessly to the Macaulay Library.
We are here to help you meet the challenges of recording birds and other animals in the wild, so we have resources for everything you need to get serious about recording audio and uploading to the archive.
- JPG file format (preferred)
- Maximum file size of 10 MB (required)
- Cropped and edited as desired, no watermarks
- WAV file format (preferred [If you recorded in a different format, do not convert the original file format to WAV])
- Maximum file size of 250 MB (required)
- Trimmed and normalized
- Media should be of the animal(s) observed in the field and uploaded by the person who recorded it.
Animals Other Than Birds
The Macaulay Library is committed to archiving media of all animals in their natural environment, but we are currently building our technical capacity to make it as easy as contributing through eBird. But, we want you to contribute! Contact us to discuss the possible archiving of your material.
If you have a collection of analog animal sound recordings, but no way to play or digitize them, please contact us. Our archival team has decades of experience handling analog tape recordings, and our studios are outfitted with professional analog-to-digital converters and equipment to process open reel, R-DAT, cassette , and other media formats.
We are not able at this time to enable contributors to upload video directly to the archive; however, if you have a sizable collection of high-definition, high-quality video, contact us to discuss the possibility of archiving your media.
Archiving Material Associated with Research
We encourage you to archive media collected for research purposes and publications. Please follow our guidelines for information that should be included. If you have collected additional data for the purposes of your research, contact us to talk about what is appropriate to include in the Macaulay Library and what is the best way to do that.
Other Media and Documents
Environmental recordings, habitat photos, sketches, and maps are often helpful as supporting documentation to your wildlife media, but the Macaulay Library does not archive these materials. Other platforms (like Flickr and SoundCloud) can be used to embed these in your eBird checklists.
Help Curate the Archive
There are other ways for you contribute in addition to uploading media. Help us curate the archive! Help find the high quality media by signing in and adding quality ratings to specimens. We are also using images to teach computers to identify birds in images, you can help out by using MerlinVision. If you are a bird ID expert, contact us, because we are looking for media reviewers to verify accuracy of identifications.