Archive your media

Sword-billed Hummingbird

Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera

  • Cundinamarca, Colombia

Do you have audio and photos of birds in the wild?

Please consider archiving your media in the Macaulay Library. The archive is built entirely by recordists and photographers who have chosen to share their media with the community for research, education, conservation, and the arts for years to come. The Macaulay Library partnered with eBird to provide user-friendly tools to contribute bird sounds and photos to the archive. These tools allow users across the globe to record their bird sightings and archive photos and sounds in the Macaulay Library.

We are here to help you meet the challenges of recording and photographing birds and other animals in the wild. Learn how to record and prepare your recordings and prepare your photos for the archive.

Upload media with eBird

Quick guidelines


    • JPG file format (preferred)
    • Maximum file size of 10 MB (required)
    • Cropped and edited as desired, but no watermarks, please

Audio recordings:


  • 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.

Analog recordings
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.

Video recordings
At this time, we are not accepting video uploads to the archive via eBird; 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
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. At this time, contributors are unable to upload environmental recordings directly to the archive via eBird.