Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016 PDF

"With friends like you, the Lab will move ever forward for the birds."—Linda R. Macaulay, Chair, Board of Directors

Media that Moves the Conservation Needle

"Nobody else is doing this—going to Latin America and Africa and Asia and creating custom, powerful media with in-country conservationists in order to make their efforts more successful." —John Bowman, Multimedia Productions director

Strategic Partnerships for Global Impact

The Yucatán Peninsula is home to 500 resident and 120 migratory bird species. A new project unites the peninsula's three nations to monitor and conserve this critically important region.

Science Powered by People

Birds are ambassadors for our relationship with the Earth. Thanks to thousands of donors and thousands more citizen scientists, we have the power to analyze this information—and listen to what the birds are telling us.

Our Multimedia Productions program worked with acclaimed cinematographer Neil Rettig and the Philippine Eagle Foundation on a documentary film to inspire conservation of this magnificent raptor.


FY17 Revenues (through June 30, 2017)

Revenue Piechart for fiscal year 2017 through June 30

Total Revenue = $28,994,194

FY17 Expenditures

Expenditure Piechart for fiscal year 2017 through June 30

Total Expenditures = $27,450,087

Annual Operating Revenue and Expense, 2006–2017


Thanks to friends like you, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a healthy and effective organization. Nested within the fabric of Cornell University, the Lab’s strength lies in its unique institutional model that weaves together research, academics, outreach, and conservation, and in the support of thousands of members and donors—our single largest source of support. This year, members and friends provided 53.3% of our annual revenue, a total of $15.4 million that fuels innovation, growth, and scientific excellence. The Lab has experienced healthy growth over the past 10 years with revenues exceeding expenditures, allowing us to expand and strengthen our vital research, education, and conservation efforts.

We are deeply grateful to our more than 100,000 members and donors at every level, all of whom make it possible for the Cornell Lab to advance the understanding of nature and engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. We're pleased to include a downloadable list of our leadership supporters here.

Photography credits

From top to bottom: Verdin by Gordon Karre/Macaulay Library, Great Philippine Eagle by Kike Arnal

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