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The Backyard Birdsong Guides

In early spring of 2008, two new books were published through the combined efforts of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Donald Kroodsma and Chronicle Books.

The books provide the user the ability to hear the song of each species at the push of a button. The text provides interesting and detailed information on the songs and calls of each species.

Two versions are available, one features birds of the eastern and mid-western United States and the other features birds of the western United States.


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Behind the Scenes


The idea


The author
Donald Kroodsma is a recognized expert on bird songs. He is a visiting fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of the Vocal Behavior section in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Handbook of Bird Biology.

Donald's knowledge of bird songs is perhaps only exceeded by his writing style. He has a unique ability to convey his knowledge and experience in an easy-to-read and informative manner.

Donald worked closely with the Lab's scientists and technicians on the selection of the songs used in the books.

The songs
The bird songs are from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. The song of each species was carefully selected from 1000s of available recordings, with special attention paid to the songs clarity and vibrance.

 - Mary Guthrie, the Lab's Director of Marketing, managed the business side of the project on the Lab's end.

 - Greg Budney (curator of sounds at the Macaulay Library) worked closely with Donald Kroodsma in the selection and editing of the bird songs.

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The publisher

The books are being published by Chronicle Books. Great care has been taken to ensure excellence in audio quality.

Additional information is available on the Chronicle Books web site.

Supporting the Lab's Mission


The Lab's participation in the development of the two, new books helps support the Lab's mission.

Licensing of the songs provides financial support for the Lab's research and educational programs. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a self-funded, member-supported organization and licensing of materials is an important revenue resource.

The songs and beautiful stories in the book support our role in education and in interpreting the behavior of some of the earth's most interesting creatures.