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Lab of Ornithology

A call to action from Cornell Lab director John W. Fitzpatrick

In every part of the world, birds captivate us with their beauty. They awaken our curiosity and spark what becomes, for so many of us, a lifelong love of nature.

We cannot imagine a future without birds—yet we must not take that future for granted. Ensuring that birds and other wildlife can flourish side-by-side with human progress will require putting to work our passion, and the passions of generations to come.

We are at a pivotal moment if we are to turn the tide for conservation. The Cornell Lab's Discover Campaign, continuing through 2015, will raise $125 million and make it possible for the Lab to extend its reach.

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Our Mission & Strategic Vision

Since 1915, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has advanced biological science and outreach, and has trained generations of ornithologists and conservationists. We have created new technologies, and engaged thousands of contributors in generating leading biodiversity resources.

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Our Priorities

To achieve our vision as the world leader for the study of birds and biodiversity, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has formulated clear strategic plan that includes strengthening our role in conservation, reaching more people, and producing innovative products, tools, and information resources.

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Our Plan

The Lab has made enormous headway toward becoming the world’s leading center for the study of birds and biodiversity. Prolific, leadership-level programs are well established in numerous basic and applied scientific disciplines, and in education, citizen science, and communications. The Lab’s global reach has never been greater.

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Cornell Lab News

The Macaulay Library natural sound archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has been fully digitized and is now available …
The Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library is the world’s largest and oldest archive of natural sounds and video, and you can …
The new Young Birders Network serves as a hub for the many birding clubs for young people sprouting up across the country.
Cornell Lab biologist Ed Scholes, along with National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman, document all 39 species of the …
Look back in time at a bird that probably no longer exists...the spectacular Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners have produced the nation's first assessment of birds on public lands.
More than 8,700 contraband animals were seized recently in an Interpol bust dubbed Operation Cage.
Learn how to navigate the confusing choices among coffees that claim to support bird conservation.
Teens visit the Cornell Lab for an informal summit of Latino youth hosted by the Celebrate Urban Birds project.
“These are happy birds—and they want to help you learn,” writes one reviewer about “My Bird World,” a collection of four …
How did a kingfisher solve the Japanese bullet train¿s problem with noise ordinances? The answer is just one …
Young parrots learn their 'names' from their parents, reports a new Cornell study that also shows that vocalizations in …
It's amazing what you can learn about birds when they can be identified as individuals, rather than being just another …
Team Sapsucker from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology set a new national record on April 22 for the highest number of bird …

Cornell Lab Contacts


Sean Scanlon

Senior Director of Development & Philanthropy


Scott Sutcliffe

Director of Annual Fund & Stewardship



How You Can Help

There are many ways you can help birds and support the scientific and educational mission of the Cornell Lab. You can be a force for nature!

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Join Our Community

There are many ways to connect with the Cornell Lab and with the worldwide community of bird and nature enthusiasts.

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