Tips to help you find exactly what you need

Search media by type

If you want to see only photos or only sound recordings while browsing media, click on the camera icon to see only photos, click on the speaker icon to see only recordings, and click on the video camera icon to see only videos. 

Sort media by date and quality

Once you’ve performed a search, the results are sorted by “Recently Uploaded” by default. Near the top of the page on the far right side, you’ll see “Recently Uploaded” with a blue down arrow, click on the blue down arrow switch the sort options, to “Best Quality”, “Least Rated”, “Date: Newest First”, and “Date: Oldest First.”

Search media by location

Search for media in specific counties, states, provinces, countries, eBird Hotspots, or a National Wildlife Refuge.

Search media by date

If you are looking for photos for a specific time period, click on Date and enter the parameters. If you are looking for media for an exact date check out advanced search and sort.

Search media by contributor

Search for media from a specific contributor. Just enter their name and if the Macaulay Library has media from them, their name will autofill in the box.

Find your media

Are you looking for a way to see all of your media? First, you’ll need to sign-in to your Cornell Lab account. Next, click on My Media at the end of the search bar.

Advanced search and sort

If you are looking for specific features, click on More Filters to see the dozens of ways you can slice and dice the data to look only at songs of female birds or photos from a specific date.

Change your view

Changing how results are displayed in search is as simple as a click of a button! Under the right side of the search bar, you’ll see three buttons. The left button turns on “Gallery” view, which shows you a tilework of photos, with the species name and contributor when you mouse-over the photo. The middle button turns on “Grid” view, which shows smaller photos with more information about the photo itself, such as date, location, and rating of the photo. The right button turns on “List” view, which shows a thumbnail of the photo with the greatest variety of accompanying information at a glance.

Find non-bird media

Did you know there are several different search modes available in Macaulay Library’s search? You can change search mode by clicking the green button at the left end of the search bar, which gives you the search options: Birds (only media of birds), All Animals (media of birds plus other animals in the Macaulay Library), Region (returns all media from a specified area), Hotspot (returns all media submitted from a specific eBird hotspot), and Contributor (returns all media submitted by a specific contributor).

Rate media

While your browsing media, don’t forget to help curate the archive by rating the quality of photos, videos, and recordings. Read more about guidelines for rating photos, and this one for rating audio.