Ocean wildlife and noise pollution, new film


This video is the trailer of the new film Sonic Sea.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA writes about it:

The documentary Sonic Sea recently won two Emmy Awards, for Best Nature Documentary and for Best Music and Sound. The film is about protecting ocean life from noise pollution, featuring research by scientists including Dr. Christopher Clark from the Cornell Lab’s Bioacoustics Research Program.

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World’s biggest archive of animal sounds


This video from the USA says about itself:

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

21 August 2017

Tease: Cornell Lab of Ornithology leads 21st century makeover for animal behavior studies

Description: 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, but also frogs, fish and insects, going back a few decades. The collections are a bonanza for animal behaviorists, who use the archives to study birds and other animals from all over the world, including some that are now extinct, such as the imperial woodpecker.

Accessible digital audio recordings of animal signals will make it easier for researchers to investigate a host of scientific questions, including what can scientists learn about the responses of animals to anthropogenic noise and other human activities.

By providing a useful co-curation system and encouraging collection of recordings along with physical specimens, this project is expected to transform the way researchers collect and use biological specimens in the future.

The research in this episode is supported by NSF award #1304425, Collaborative Research: Digitization – Thematic Collections Networks: Developing a Centralized Digital Archive of Vouchered Animal Communication Signals.

Roseate terns video


This roseate terns video says about itself:

13 June 2017

Video courtesy of Benjamin M. Clock/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

American robin nest video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Life On The Ledge: 2017 American Robin Cam Highlights

28 July 2017

Watch the highlights from a nesting cycle of one of North America’s favorite backyard birds on the 2017 American Robin cam as a pair or robins raises their three chicks on a ledge of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

American robin nest on webcam


This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

A female American Robin reinforces her nest with mud. Females build the nest from the inside out, pressing dead grass and twigs into a cup shape using the wrist of one wing. Other materials include paper, feathers, rootlets, or moss in addition to grass and twigs. Once the cup is formed, she reinforces the nest using soft mud gathered from worm castings to make a heavy, sturdy nest. She then lines the nest with fine dry grass. The finished nest is 6-8 inches across and 3-6 inches high.

Video recorded by Marie Read/Macaulay Library.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, 8 May 2017:

This American Robin is sitting on four eggs—and the first one hatched today.

Discover Robins From A New Perspective

The red breast and cheery song of the American Robin are common sights and sounds across much of North America. Here at the Cornell Lab, robins often nest on our building and throughout Sapsucker Woods. This year, we’re lucky enough to have a nest that’s easy to access, and we’re excited to share the opportunity to watch from a front row seat. Watch cam.

The female has been incubating the nest for about the last 12 days, and once the eggs hatch it will be a mad dash for the parents as they forage for themselves and the ravenous appetites of the growing young. But be sure not to blink—it will only take about 12-14 days for the nestlings to fledge! Learn more about robins in our AllAboutBirds.org species guide.

Share what you see and hear with us on the cam’s Twitter feed, @CornellRobins, and join us in learning more about these beautiful birds.

Cornell red-tailed hawk Ezra, RIP


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Selected highlights from time spent with a mated pair of Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) living on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, 2/18/2017. Big Red is the female, Ezra is the male.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

As many members of the cam community already know, the Cornell Hawks cam lost its beloved male Red-tailed Hawk, Ezra, on March 19th. We’d like to thank the cam community for their outpouring of support surrounding the news of Ezra’s death, and we continue to invite everyone to share their thoughts and memories of Ezra in pictures or words in the commenting section of Ezra’s tribute page.

It has been inspiring to learn that so many members of the community have been touched by watching [Ezra’s female mate] Big Red and Ezra raise their chicks on cam over the past 5 years, and it is evident that Ezra will always be remembered as a loyal mate, attentive parent, and true ambassador for raptor education. To celebrate this legacy, the Cornell Lab has been working with colleagues on campus, along with input from the hawk cam community, to provide a commemoration of Ezra’s life. We will be sure to provide updates as these plans come together.

In the meantime, relive the memories from the Red-tailed Hawk cam by watching highlights from previous years. Also, keep current on Big Red’s activities by following the updates from our Birders on the Ground in the News section of the Red-tailed Hawks cam page. Bird Cams would like to say a big thanks to Karel and Cindy Sedlacek and our other BOGs for keeping everyone current on Big Red as we wait to see what the future holds.

New bird colouring books in the USA


America's Favorite Birds colouring book

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eNews from the USA, September 2016:

Lab Bird Coloring Books Are Here

Birds bring color into our world–now you can return the favor.

Two new adult coloring books from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group are now available. The America’s Favorite Birds book features 40 species you helped choose by casting a quarter of a million votes. In Birds of Paradise, Lab scientist Ed Scholes is your guide on a coloring expedition that features some of the world’s most extravagantly feathered species. Visit the Cornell Lab Publishing Group website and click “Free Downloads” at the top of the page to sample the pages, or use the code new4fall25 to get 25% off your purchase!