The Internet Bird Collection + The Macaulay Library

We are pleased to announce that the Internet Bird Collection, the Macaulay Library, and eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are joining forces. For nearly two decades, the Internet Bird Collection (IBC) has engaged a global community of birdwatchers to share their videos, sounds, and photos of birds from around the world. The IBC comprises a community of tremendous contributors and media resources that will soon find a new home at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library (ML) and eBird.

The Macaulay Library and the IBC share a similar mission, and we hope that IBC contributors will join us in furthering that vision. The Macaulay Library seeks to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve audio recordings, photographs, and videos, and to actively promote the use of this media for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts. By joining forces with the Macaulay Library, IBC users will enjoy many benefits on the new platform, such as a streamlined data entry and media upload experience at eBird, full integration with eBird’s listing and birding tools, and the permanent archival capabilities of the Macaulay Library.

To take part in this transition, IBC users will need to accept the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s media licensing agreement by clicking on the “Get Started” button below. Key elements of this agreement include provisions that keep the copyright of the media in your hands and a clear statement that the Lab cannot sublicense your media for commercial purposes without first acquiring your permission. If you have any questions about the license agreement or the transition, please email or visit our FAQs. We will continue to post updates on this page regarding the transition.

You are welcome to begin the media transfer process at any point.

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