How to Get Involved: Find a Cornell Lab Project That’s Right for You

October 15, 2019
Eastern Bluebirds by Mike Bons/Birdspotter 2015.
Children looking through bios, photo from Birdsleuth old site

Be part of something bigger

Citizen Science

Our citizen-science projects engage hundreds of thousands of people in recording bird observations – whether in backyards, city streets, or remote forests. Scientists analyze data submitted through our projects to understand how birds are affected by environmental changes. Whatever captures your fancy, there’s a citizen-science project that can make it more meaningful. Explore citizen science.

Learn with courses and webinars

Bird Academy

There’s a huge world of birds, behavior, and science out there. Our Bird Academy offers courses that explain the secrets of what you’re seeing and hearing—from casual webinars, to classes in the basics, to in-depth college-level ornithology courses. And covering topics from bird ID, to understanding bird behavior, to nature journaling, and more. See all our courses.

Pass the spark to the next generation

K–12 Education

We have a lively K–12 education program that creates resources for teachers, homeschoolers, and other educators. If you’ve been wanting to incorporate birds and hands-on activities in your science teaching, we have dozens of ways to help you, from simple advice, to games and activities, to full curricula. Explore our K–12 Education website.

Watch a live feed of tropical birds from our Panama Fruit Feeder cam.

Share intimate moments in the lives of birds

Bird Cams

Watch a mother hawk protect her chicks from a snowstorm. See Ospreys divide up freshly caught trout among their young. Spy on the multicolored visitors to feeders in Canada, New York, and Panama. Hold your breath as endangered petrels raise their young in an underground burrow. Each and every day, our Bird Cams offer breathtaking views of all the extraordinary moments in the lives of birds. See what’s airing on Bird Cams now.

Photographing a Brown Booby. Photo by Michael O’Brien.Photographing a Brown Booby. Photo by Michael O’Brien.

Discover a new world of birding

eBird

Create birding memories, find new places to explore, learn where birds are seen, and help scientists understand the world. eBird offers global tools for birders and critical data for science. Browse records and submit your own at eBird. Or if eBird is new to you, try our free eBird Essentials course.

Share your images and sounds

Macaulay Library

The Macaulay Library is a multimedia scientific archive for research, education, and conservation powered by you. The archive includes more than 400,000 audio recordings of birds, insects, reptiles, fish, and mammals including audio for more than 80% of the world’s birds, and more than 10 million photographs of birds. Explore the Macaulay Library archive.

Cornell Lab Visitor Center, entrance by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes.Cornell Lab Visitor Center. Photo by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes.

Come Visit

We’re just outside of Ithaca, New York

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, headquartered at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, is a great place to visit. Our Visitor Center is full of science displays and beautiful artwork, all nestled within a nature preserve that’s teeming with wildlife, any time of year. Plan your visit now.

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