Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2015 PDF

In our centennial year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology improved the world’s understanding and outlook for birds and biodiversity—thanks largely to the deep commitment and generosity from you, our members.


"Our promise, and our obligation, is to be of service to the field of Ornithology around the whole world." —Director John W. Fitzpatrick


"Merlin unlocked birding for me, it turned out to be the bridge I needed...between field and field guide"—Cool Green Science blog writer Cara Byington


"With the complex challenges facing our planet, never have we needed science more." —Conservation Science Director Amanda Rodewald

Flamingoes flock to a fresh pool of rainwater in Mexico's Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Read Gerrit Vyn’s essay about a morning spent photographing flamingoes for the Cornell Lab’s Centennial book—The Living Bird.


FY15 Revenues (through June 30, 2015)

Revenue Piechart for fiscal year 2015 through June 30

Total Revenue = $23,386,821

FY15 Expenditures

Expenditure Piechart for fiscal year 2015 through June 30

Total Expenditures = $23,135,845

Annual Operating Revenue and Expense, 2006–2015

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology takes great care to steward your gifts wisely. 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. In addition to record income from grants and contracts, and continued healthy revenue from programs, the Lab continues to have a broad and generous base of financial support from donors through annual, capital, and planned giving. We strive to keep administrative and fundraising expenses as low as possible. Thank you for trusting us. We will continue to work hard so that these gifts result in positive impacts for birds and biodiversity.

Photography credits

From top to bottom: Calliope Hummingbird © Jerry Ting, Flamingos © Gerrit Vyn

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