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Decades of bird signals, songs digitized for scientific research – Science Nation

The world’s largest scientific archive of animal signal recordings, the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, is partnering with other institutions to co-curate and digitize an enormous archive of animal audio and video recordings from the library’s vaults. The analog material in the library’s collection at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology includes recordings of mainly birds,… Read more

Eastern North American forest birds most threatened on wintering grounds

Over the past few millennia, human-caused habitat change has had one of the most profound effects on bird populations globally, especially since industrialization in the 1800s. Looking forward, we can expect human-caused habitat loss to represent the greatest threat to many North American breeding birds. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to… Read more

Hermit Thrush Song Differs Across North America

Across the far reaches of America, the English language is spoken in colorful variation. If you’re Texan, I reckon y’all fixin’ for some coke in this summer heat, but as a Michigander, yuh guys go tuh gedduh pop. New Yorkers and Bostonians drink soda, but some wicked wee-id Bostonians drink tonic, while some New Yorkers… Read more

Edward W. Rose III Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than a… Read more

July Recording Contest

This event has ended, but stay tuned for future contests. Congratulations to our winners for this time, Justin Watts, Phil Green, and Bruce Rideout! July is an underrated month when it comes to sound recording. Quieter than May or June, it still has plenty to offer: song can still fill the air, adults call near nests or fledglings, and young… Read more

Dance Moves Support Evidence for New Bird-of-Paradise Species

The Superb Bird-of-Paradise—the shape-shifting black bird of central New Guinea that woos its mate with an iridescent blue “smiley-face” dance—has an equally superb cousin in the isolated mountains of Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Peninsula in the island’s far west. Scientist Ed Scholes and photographer Tim Laman, with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project, have now… Read more

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