What We Do

“Daily, every person under this roof is committed to focusing our unique resources, our ingenuity, and our appreciation of nature toward studying and teaching about the living earth.” John W. Fitzpatrick, director

At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, scientists, conservationists, engineers, educators, and students all work together for a common purpose: to understand birds and other wildlife, to involve the public in scientific discovery, and to use our knowledge to protect our planet.

Our mission: To interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.

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One Pine Siskin Is a Surprise

A hundred thousand are a revelation

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Saving the Florida Scrub-Jay

In thriving Florida, the state's endemic scrub-jay is running out of room

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Schoolkids Learn Their Birds in Costa Rica

Already a hit in U.S. classrooms, our BirdSleuth program makes its Central American debut

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Out at Sea, Whales Are Calling

And we're listening. Working to keep endangered giants safe from ship traffic

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