As a unit of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we bring together world-class science and teaching with the agility and real-world impact of a nonprofit organization. Our work spans disciplines from science to art, engineering to education. Our global community includes you and other supporters, participants, and partners from all walks of life, united by a love for birds and nature and a commitment to help protect our planet.
Bioacoustics Research Program
Our scientists and engineers apply innovative technologies to record and interpret sounds of wildlife.
With millions of wildlife sounds, images, and videos archived since 1929, the Macaulay Library is an unparalleled multimedia resource.
We transform data into knowledge by pioneering new techniques at the interface of citizen science, informatics, machine learning, and data visualizations.
Choose a project to record bird observations for science—whether in backyards, city streets, or remote forests.
Fuller Evolutionary Biology
Using field studies and the powerful tools of molecular biology, we explore the earth’s biodiversity and the processes that have generated it.
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
Housed within the Cornell Lab and administered as part of Cornell University, this research and teaching museum holds more than 1.5 million specimens.
We conduct scientific research and work with partners to apply science to planning, policy, and sustainable solutions that support communities and conservation.
We inform and inspire the protection of wildlife, habitats, and livelihoods through multimedia productions that bring scientific insights to conservation.
Bird Population Studies
We analyze data from long-term focal studies and citizen-science projects to reveal how environmental changes affect the distribution and abundance of birds.
Delve into our curricula, courses, and resources for sparking curiosity about birds and nature, building science skills, and inspiring action.
Development and Philanthropy
We partner with the Cornell Lab’s financial supporters, fostering partnerships to build a foundation of support for the Lab’s mission.
We give birds a voice—with news, insights, and live streaming cams to inspire the love and understanding of birds and natural world.
Administration and Business Operations
Our administrative team provides essential services to support the Lab’s mission, including human resources, finances, transactions, administration, and facilities.
Opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to engage with the Cornell Lab community through courses, research, jobs, and outreach projects.