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About the eBird-Macaulay Library Media Collection


To develop a catalog of millions of photos and sounds, each of which serves as a “voucher specimen” for the associated eBird observation, creating an unprecedented natural history collection for use by researchers, conservationists, and birders worldwide.

What can we learn?

Images and recordings contain so much more information than just the identity of the bird. 

Images can teach us about molt patterns; individual variation within and among populations; disease and the ability to track individual birds (e.g., marked birds); details on behavior, nesting, habitat, and so much more. Photos can also be used to help train computer-vision resources such as the Merlin Photo ID, revolutionizing the way that people interact with birds and nature.

Audio recordings provide researchers with material for many different vocal analyses, both for individual species and across ecological communities. Like everything in eBird, every single contribution matters; your data are informing science and conservation on a global scale.

Take part and add your photos and audio today.

How can one use the Collection?

The Macaulay Library archive is primarily a data repository for research purposes. It is not an open repository of rich media available to the general public for any and all use. Assets in the collection are owned by the original author (e.g., photographer), and the copyright lies with each author unless otherwise indicated. It is not appropriate to download these assets for general third party use, without permission from the author. Red the full terms of use policy. For additional information on requesting and licensing media please visit here.
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