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Gallery: Embroidered Birds for the Eye and Ear

4 embroidery panels showing birds and representations of the sounds they make
Clockwise from top left: Three-wattled Bellbird, Sandhill Crane, Nocturnal Curassow, Musician Wren. Embroidery by Ana Luiza Catalano.

Brazilian sound recordist Ana Luiza Catalano has archived nearly 300 audio recordings of birds in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, thanks to training she received from taking the Cornell Lab’s Sound Recording Workshop twice.

Catalano earned her PhD researching birdsong, and she conducts acoustic monitoring of bird populations in the Amazonian forest. During the pandemic she took up needlework, and decided to incorporate the beauty of what she hears by ear into the art she creates for the eye—including a snippet of spectrogram on her embroidered birds.

Hear what each of the birds sounds like:

Follow Catalano’s art on Instagram at @bordandoespecies.

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American Kestrel by Blair Dudeck / Macaulay Library

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