Introduction to Raptor Field Techniques 5-day field course

This 5-day introductory field course will instruct students on the latest techniques used to study raptors.  The course will be held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on by Eugene Jacobs of Linwood Springs Research Station.  There are 3 workshop dates to choose from: March 31-April 4, June 2-6, and June 23-27.  The cost per course is $450.00 For registration and information go to


New journals and Website for American Ornithologist Union and Cooper Ornithological Society

The AOU and the COS have come together to create a Central Ornithological Publications Office (COPO).  Two new journals, The Auk: Ornithological Advances, and the Condor: Ornithological Advances, are published in electronic format, and papers will appear weekly on the website

The Raptor Research Foundation Conference September 24-28 Corpus Christi, Texas

100_0564The Raptor Research Foundation Conference will be held at the Emerald Beach Hotel, Corpus Christi, Texas, September 24-28, 2014.  Hawk Watch International is co-hosting the event with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University.  There will be fieldtrips, workshops, and presentation of scientific papers.  For more information go to the website


Alexander Wilson and the Making of American Ornithology Symposium April 23 2014

Ohio Wesleyan University is holding a symposium on Alexander Wilson’s life and work.  Wilson created the nine-volume set “American Ornithology” that was considered to be the “first major scientific publication” on birds.  For details on registration, program, meals, and examples of Wilson’s artwork, notes, etc. can be found at

AOU COS SCO 2014 Joint Meeting Estes Park, Colorado September 22-28 2014

thumbnailCA633C9HA joint meeting of ornithologists from around the world will come together this September in Estes Park, Colorado.  The three societies, AOU (American Ornithologists Union), COS (Cooper Ornithological Society), and SCO (Society of Canadian Ornithologists) will hold their annual meetings at the YMCA of the Rockies.  For more information contact .


New BirdLog App Transforms Bird Watching

Users share bird sightings using their smartphones

For release: April 5, 2012

Ithaca, NY—A satisfying day of bird watching used to be followed by tedious time spent transferring observations from notebook to computer. No more. Now there’s BirdLog, a data entry app for iPhone and Android smartphones.

For the first time, bird watchers can use their smartphones to instantly report the birds they see, from wherever they see them. With  one click, sightings go straight to the eBird citizen-science program run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon. eBird takes in more than a million bird reports each month from anywhere in the world. These reports are used by a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. BirdLog was developed by Birds In The Hand, creators of the popular BirdsEye bird-finding app, which is also based on eBird reports.

“Bird watchers have waited for in-the-field data entry for years,” says eBird leader Marshall Iliff. “BirdLog’s simple interface not only makes it easy; it maximizes the usefulness of sightings for birding, science, and conservation.”

Fully integrated with the eBird online reporting system, BirdLog allows users to select from thousands of existing eBird Hotspots and personal bird-watching locations, or to use the built-in GPS services of the phone to allow easy and accurate creation of new locations. Users can create lists in BirdLog even if there is no cell coverage at their location.

“We hear phrases like ‘revolutionize birding’ all too frequently,” notes eBird’s Chris Wood. “But BirdLog will actually do it! BirdLog will fundamentally change the way we go birding, making it easier than ever for birders to share observations among themselves and with the science and conservation community.”

BirdLog North America and BirdLog Worldwide are available via the iTunes app store or at the Google Play app store for Android devices. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund research and conservation work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Media Contact:
Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab, (607) 254-2137,

Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers tutorials to become a better birder!

August 7, 2013 

We are pleased to introduce our new “Be a Better Birder” tutorials, created for beginning birders who want an introduction to the basics of bird identification. The two-part series explores how size, shape, color, and pattern can be used to identify birds and enables users to tackle real-life bird identification scenarios.


Sample Exercise: Click the image above to test your knowledge of the parts of a bird. (Requires Flash)

These self-paced tutorials feature interactive exercises, engaging audio and visual presentations, and occasional quizzes to test what you have learned. Topics range from an introduction to the hobby of birding itself to proven techniques for honing your birding skills, so these tutorials can be a dynamic learning tool no matter what your skill level. See an example of the kinds of activities the tutorials offer at left.

We think these tutorials will appeal to you and your readers, whether the goal is to get into bird identification or simply learn more about the natural world. There are two sections, each available for $29:

Part I: Be a Better Birder–Size & Shape
Part II: Be a Better Birder–Color & Pattern

We’re offering free access to “Part I: Be a Better Birder-Size & Shape” to the first 15 bloggers who reply to this email. We invite you to try the tutorials and let your readers (and us) know what you think!

Thank you,

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology