Annual Report 2009

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Hummingbird image Golden-winged Warbler image

Citizen Science

Hundreds of thousands of citizen-science participants revealed the movements of birds across the hemisphere and through time

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From the forests of Papua New Guinea to the underwater world off New York City, we brought exciting new discoveries to light

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Through international leadership, backed by science, we advanced the conservation of birds and other wildlife

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We connected with people from all walks of life to increase the understanding and protection of nature

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Your support helps us

  • Advance conservation
  • Improve the understanding of birds and nature
  • Inspire others to learn and care about birds
  • Engage tens of thousands of bird watchers in citizen-science projects
Make a donation. Image: Laysan albatross pair


FY09 Revenues (through June 30, 2009)

Revenue Piechart for fiscal year 2009 through June 30;
Grants and Contracts 37%; Membership and Gifts 30%; Program Income 19%;
Invested Funds Income 10%; Other 4%;
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Membership and Gifts
  • Program Income
  • Invested Funds Income
  • Other

Total Revenue = $19,642,09930

FY09 Expenditures

Expenditure Piechart for fiscal year 2009 through June 30;
Administration 14.3%, Development 2.3%, Program 83.4%
  • Administration
  • Development
  • Program

Total Expenditures = $19,920,032

Fiscal Growth 2002 through 2009


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is proud of its careful stewardship of resources over the past year. The Lab’s revenue and expenses have grown consistently during the past seven years as programs have begun to mature and have a greater impact in the world. Even in a difficult fiscal year, the Lab was thankful to have a broad and generous base of financial support from members through annual, capital, and planned giving, while continuing to keep administrative and fundraising expenses low. Thank you for trusting us with your gifts. We will continue to work hard so that these gifts result in positive impacts for birds and biodiversity.

Photography credits

From top to bottom, left to right: Golden-winged Warbler by Roger Ericksson; Violet-bellied Hummingbird by Bill Lynch; Eastern Phoebe by Tripp Davenport; Lesser Bird-of-Paradise by Tim Laman; multimedia crew in New Guinea by Tim Laman; wind power generator by Chris Tessaglia-Hymes; Rufous-and-white Wren by Dale Morris; forest elephants by Andrea Turkalo; undergraduate Carolyn Sedgwick and chickadee by Laura Erickson; Red-winged Blackbird by David O. Brown.