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Spectacular birds

The Lab of Ornithology’s birds of paradise website features HD videos, images, sounds, interactive features and classroom tools for teachers.

Rare birds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has collected the first known video documentation of one of the world’s rarest birds on its tundra breeding grounds in Chukotka, Russia. Lab videographer Gerrit Vyn captured footage of the first moments when spoon-billed sandpiper chicks venture away from their nest. The spoon-billed sandpiper population has plummeted to about 100 breeding pairs, and the […]

Boy spots robin, sets record

One small boy, one giant leap for citizen science. A 12-year-old near Vancouver, British Columbia, recently sighted an American robin and submitted his finding to eBird – becoming the 100 millionth observation. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, eBird is an online application for birders to record their checklists, and […]

Virtual birds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has co-produced My Bird World, a collection of four interactive bird games for the Apple iPad that teach children about 24 species of North American birds. It’s available on iTunes for $4.99.

Name that species

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s competitive birding team is on a quest to break a national record while raising $250,000 for bird conservation. Team Sapsucker will attempt to top the U.S. record for the most bird species identified in 24 hours, which stands at 261. For every species they find, they’re asking supporters to pledge […]

Find the birdie

The North American population of the rusty blackbird has plunged an estimated 85 to 99 percent over the past 40 years. To help pinpoint where the remaining birds can be found, volunteers are needed for the third annual Rusty Blackbird Blitz through Feb. 13. This is when rusty blackbirds become easier to find, and the […]