“Nature’s Boxed Set”: Cornell Lab eNews, June 2013

Cornell Lab eNews

June 2013

The Master Set features 4,938 sounds from 735 North American Birds

New Audio Guide: Think of It as Nature’s Boxed Set 

From Abert’s Towhee to Zone-tailed Hawk, our new Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: Master Set for North America has it all. It’s got songs, calls, chip notes, wing-whistles, grunts, groans, squeaks, and more. With 4,938 tracks covering 735 North American species, these are the most complete vocal repertoires available for nearly every North American species. Hear samples and order the downloadable set for just $49.99 (that’s about one penny per track).
Looking for something a little lighter? The Essential Set offers the main sounds of 727 species, for a total of 1,376 tracks. It’s on sale at an introductory price of just $12.99.

Slow motion video filmed by Cornell students during a field workshop in southern California

Slow Down and Soak In This Gorgeous High-Speed Video

On a recent student workshop, our Macaulay Library recordists took six students to southern California armed with parabolic microphones, recorders, and a high-speed video camera. They collected fascinating footage of a beetle taking flight, shorebirds gulping down food, and a Costa’s Hummingbird visiting her nest—all slowed down to one-eighth normal speed. Cornell senior Shailee Shah compiled the highlights into a short, beautiful video that lets you see what these fascinating animals can do in the time it takes you to blink. Watch it.

Three Golden-winged Warbler nestlings being fitted for lightweight radio transmitters

Radio tracking of young Golden-winged Warblers is helping scientists get a better handle on this rare species’ habitat needs. Photo by Gustave Axelson/Cornell Lab.

A Golden Plan for a Turnaround

The Golden-winged Warbler has had a hard time of it lately. Habitat loss and competition with a close relative have cut its numbers by three-quarters in the last 50 years. But a new push of research is uncovering more about the species’ life cycle and habitat requirements. A coalition of agencies and organizations, spearheaded by the Cornell Lab, has developed a plan to turn the decline around, create new habitat, and raise the population size by 2050. Read the full story in Living Bird magazine. 

Do you know the name of this lemon-toned skulker?

Do you know which small, colorful songbird this is? Photo by Bill Thompson via Birdshare.

Which Species Is This?

Early summer is a time when songbirds seem to be trying to blow out your optics with their brilliant colors. So what’s this little bird, with those indistinct facial markings and warm browns and yellows? Adult males of this common species are easy to identify, but other plumages often lead to ID trouble. Do you know whichity species this is? Check your guess and learn more.
Watch our free series of birding ID videos, Inside BirdingTune up your ID skills: Our free Inside Birding videos get you started with the four keys to better bird identification. We’ve also recently introduced affordable, in-depth online tutorials that give you plenty of advice and ample time to practice your skills.

The second Red-tailed Hawk fledgling finds a perch on a nearby fence.

Fledgling D2 settles in on a chain-link fence after its first flight from the nest. Photo by Anthony Bretscher.

Cornell Students Graduate; Hawks Follow Suit

As college seniors everywhere throw their caps into the air, the young Red-tailed Hawks on our Bird Cams are spreading their wings and taking that first big step off the nest. Last week two of them fledged—watch highlights of the first chick, known as D1, and the second, D2, who left the nest in an especially dramatic way.) On Sunday evening D3 was still preening and eating meals of chipmunk on the nest platform. Tune in to our live cam to see whether D3 fledges today!
More chicks to cherish: Don’t go into fledgling withdrawal just yet: there’s still plenty of nesting action on our Great Blue Heron, American Kestrel, and Osprey cams.

Statues are popular and picturesque spots for some urban birds to nest, like this American Robin.

Statues make popular and picturesque spots for urban birds, like this American Robin, to nest. Photo by Connie Blackwood.

Calling All “Funky Nests”: Enter by June 15

Our 2013 Funky Nests in Funky Places has been a huge amount of fun, with more than 600 entries from around the world so far—and you still have time to enter. People have sent us stories, poems, videos, artwork, and photos. We’ve seen hummingbirds nesting on wind chimes, robins on statues, wrens in motorcycle helmets, and much more. Prizes, including binoculars, cameras, and an iPad, will be awarded in early July. Visit our website to vote on entries and submit your own by June 15.

Thanks to event sponsor Pennington and to Fujifilm Digital Cameras, Fujifilm Optical Devices, and Celestron for donating prizes.

Congratulations, Team Redhead: the Lab’s student birding team won the Cape May County division of the World Series of Birding. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Better eBird Sharing: Now when you share an eBird checklist on Facebook, the post shows key trip details and, if your report contains photos, a thumbnail teaser.
Not a Bad Start: Congratulations to Cornell undergrad Luke DeFisher, whose senior thesis on gulls and fire ants was published in PLOS One, a top scientific journal. 
Take a Road Trip: Our Upcoming Bird Festivals webpage makes it easy to plan your next birding destination. You can look through listings by calendar or on a map, so you can start planning your road trip right from the page.



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