A Welcome from
Executive Director Ian Owens
How did birds first enter your life? When I was just 15 years old, I experienced an electrifying moment with a Eurasian Marsh Harrier. Ever since, I’ve never stopped looking for birds, or finding joy and inspiration in watching them.
Birds spark a deep wonder, and they help us understand the living world. When birds disappear, they’re signaling that we’ve stressed our landscapes and oceans. When we make changes and they rebound, it signals hope that we can find ways to flourish and protect the natural world.
Your support of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology helps by enabling discovery of new knowledge to understand and protect nature, innovation of new technologies to reveal that knowledge, teaching to foster new leaders, inspiration to motivate change, and transformation of science to action to make a difference on the ground.
I hope you’ll join us on your own journey to experience the joy of birds and to learn along with us about the extraordinary feats they accomplish in their lives across the hemispheres. Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community helping to create a sustainable, thriving world for birds and people.
Your support means so much for the future of birds and our planet. Thank you!
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