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Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote inspires listeners to care about the natural world – and takes step to protect it.

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Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight, with diffuse greenery in background

Watch Animals Migrate with Journey North

An organization called Journey North consists of a network of community scientists who observe local animal migrations – everything from monarch butterflies to Gray Whales to birds. Observing these seasonal changes can help make you a well-rounded community scientist, attuned to life’s…
A male Purple Finch facing forward, looking up to his right, in sunlight

An Ever-Growing Library of Bird Sounds

Most of the bird sounds you hear on BirdNote come from the Macaulay Library, a vast collection of over one million bird calls and songs curated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The library relies on both professional field recordists and dedicated volunteers to capture the sounds of…
A male Red-winged-Blackbird

Help eBird Fill in the Gaps

eBird, an online tool for submitting bird observations, allows scientists to keep track of birds around the world. eBird now has over one billion bird observations from more than 700,000 people — most of them community scientists who care about their local birds. And as more people in more…
A Rusty Blackbird showing speckled black and golden plumage

The Rusty Blackbird’s Unique Beauty

In the fall, Rusty Blackbirds get new feathers with reddish-gold highlights that have a unique and subtle beauty. Their complex little song might sound like a door hinge that needs some grease. Though once common, Rusty Blackbirds have lost over 90 percent of their population since 1966 –…
A Puffling on the Isle of May, captured and safely released after wandering into town

Puffling Patrol

Just off the southern coast of Iceland, the Westman Islands are home to many of the country’s several million Atlantic Puffins. When puffin hatchlings, known as pufflings, get confused by the lights of the city, volunteers of all ages search for wayward pufflings on the street and bring…
An American Robin's nest built atop a car battery on a porch in New Hampshire

Strange Places for a Nest

Birds are resourceful. Wherever they live, even in the biggest cities, they find clever places to build their nests. An initiative from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology called Celebrate Urban Birds once asked people to share the funkiest and funniest places they’ve seen a bird nest. Among…
A Gang-Gang Cockatoo showing bright red feathers on its face and in a curved crest atop its head, with brindled gray and white feathers on its shoulder and chest.

New Homes for Cockatoos

The alpine forests of Australia’s southeast are home to an iconic pint-sized gray parrot with a bright red mohawk, and a call that’s been described as a “flying creaky gate”. The Gang-gang Cockatoo has seen significant habitat loss in recent years, especially after the 2020 wildfires. It’s…
A Tufted Titmouse looks to its left, showing soft gray feathers and white throat and belly, while standing on a slender branch.

Titmice Lead the Way

In winter, many songbirds join flocks made up of multiple species that travel around looking for food, benefitting from safety in numbers. But a bird flock that doesn't move in the same direction soon scatters to the wind. It turns out that the Tufted Titmouse, a small gray songbird, is…
American Robin facing viewer and looking to its left as it stands on a lichen-covered branch amidst green grass.

Bird Names in Meskwaki

The poet Ray Young Bear writes in both English and Meskwaki, his first language. He says that the task of passing on Indigenous languages feels especially urgent now as linguistic scholars predict the loss of languages. The Meskwaki language is rich with bird names, like Tti Tti Ka Kwa Ha…
Red-winged Blackbird faces to viewer's left, its black plumage shining in sunlight and its beak open while singing

Learning to Sing from a Blackbird

Many years ago, when writer and musician Ray Young Bear was training his singing voice, he took a kind of vocal lesson from the blackbirds. “they have the most complicated song in the world — high pitches and low notes, and then it smooths out, then it kicks up again,” he says. “I would…