In this issue: The admirable side of gulls; 9 ways your eBird data have helped birds; mockingbirds and song learning; hear a National Park, and more.

The admirable side of 


Cornell Lab eNews

July 2016

Western Gull with chicks, by Byron Chin
A Western Gull with a chick tucked under its wing (and a second one sitting underneath). Photo by Byron Chin via Birdshare.

The Surprisingly Admirable Side of Gulls

Although they might take a bad rap for eyeing your picnic, gulls are adept communicators with complex social behaviors and fierce dedication to their young. Go behind the scenes and see gulls the way scientists do at nesting colonies where these birds' admirable traits shine through. Read the story and watch the gulls' behaviors.
9 Ways eBird Has Helped Birds

9 Ways Your eBird Data Have Helped Birds

Bird watchers have submitted more than one-third of a billion sightings to eBird, making it one of the largest datasets for wildlife in existence. How have people tapped into these data to help birds? A new study finds more than 100 ways that people have turned eBird data into conservation action. See the top 9 examples.

New to eBird? Find out how to get started.
Which Species are These? Video From the Cornell Lab's Hummingbird Cam
It's hummingbirds by the handful at the West Texas Hummingbirds cam.

Which Species Are These?

How many hummingbird species can you see in 30 seconds? See how many you can spot in this clip from our West Texas Hummingbird cam, then see the replay along with the answers!
Keep watching this season for a chance to see 12 species of hummingbirds on this cam, sponsored by Perky-Pet®. Watch the live hummer cam now.
Northern Mockingbird by Lindell Dillon
Northern Mockingbirds are champion songsters, but have a "learning window" when they can learn new songs. Photo by Lindell Dillon via Birdshare.

Mockingbirds Can Learn Hundreds of Songs, but There's a Limit

Northern Mockingbirds can learn hundreds of sounds that they weave into songs, even replicating sounds from other birds and from noises in the environment such as car alarms and squeaky gates. Do males show off their greater age or experience by singing more songs? Not according to a study that tracked 15 birds as they aged. Read the story in Living Bird and watch a video of this master vocalist.
Beyond Sightseeing—You’ll Love the Sound of America’s Best Parks: NPR’s Morning Edition takes you to the National Parks with Christopher Joyce and the Cornell Lab’s Bill McQuay. Immerse yourself in the sounds of our wide open spaces, and meet the scientists who are monitoring the sounds of the parks and learning how human-made sounds affect the natural world. Listen now.
Get Your New Duck Stamp: The 83rd Federal Duck Stamp is now available. See the new stamp and find out where you can buy one to support conservation.
Looking for a Job? We're looking for talented people who love birds for positions including web development and science writing. Check out our job opportunities.
Take the July eBird Challenge: Submit at least 31 complete checklists in July, and you could win a pair of Zeiss binoculars
Bird Events, Near And Far: Looking for an opportunity to combine birds and travel? Choose your destination from our Bird Festivals webpage.

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Forest by Anders Bachmann

New Website for Birds and Land Trusts

Learn about ways to help your local land trust protect birds on private lands. Visit the new website from the Cornell Lab and Land Trust Alliance.
Butterfly by Pat Ronan

Introducing Habitat Network, Powered by YardMap

The Cornell Lab is taking its YardMap citizen-science project to the next level in a new partnership with The Nature Conservancy called Habitat Network.

Learn more about Habitat Network and sign up to help test some new designs in the coming year.

Backyard Birdsong Books by Don Kroodsma

Bird Song Tips From the Renowned Donald Kroodsma

Learning to recognize birds by ear may seem daunting but it’s something Don Kroodsma has been doing for half a century. Pick up some new tips by reading our Q&A with Don, or pick up one of his Backyard Birdsong Guides, including a built-in song player.

Get 20% off with the code CLPGSAVE20 when you purchase from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group website by the end of July. Choose from Western and Eastern/Central editions.
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