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Together, let's embark on a lifelong journey to enjoy, understand, and protect birds and the natural world.

Common Yellowthroat by Brad Imhoff / Macaulay Library.

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The Cornell Lab is powered by science, technology, and millions of people around the globe—people like you.

Map showing positive trends in the midwest into Canada and negative trends in the northeast
eBird Status and Trend Maps reveal how birds are faring across continental scales. Explore the map for Baltimore Oriole.
orange and black bird perches on a branch
Baltimore Oriole by Matthew Plante / Macaulay Library.

Join us and help create a future where birds, nature, and people can thrive.

Science to Action

We work with communities around the globe to inspire and inform conservation. Your support helps us find solutions for a sustainable planet alive with the beauty of birds—where humans and wildlife can thrive.


We believe birds are a gateway to caring for the natural world. Help us spark curiosity and foster learning, starting with the earliest ages, through the college years, and lasting a lifetime. Our work aims to inspire and equip the next generation of science and conservation leaders.

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Experience the Visitor Center’s NEW interactive indoor exhibits, view world class art, and explore 5 miles of trails in Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary.

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Membership fuels discoveries to make the planet a better place for birds, for all wildlife, and for people.

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Photo credits: Wood Thrush by John Petruzzi / Macaulay Library with graphic by Sarah Serrousi; Tree Swallow by Marie Read; Yellow Warbler courtesy of Bird Academy; birds on feeder by Bird Cams; Northern Cardinal by Bob Dunlap / Macaulay Library; Golden-fronted Woodpecker by Marcy Barbosa / BirdSpotter; three young birders courtesy of eBird; boy with ducks courtesy of CUBs; Calliope Hummingbird by Marya Moosman / Macaulay Library; children with binoculars by Susan Spear; students at Cornell Botanical Gardens by Justin Muir; young birders in woods courtesy of eBird; elephant by Scott Anger/Lost Bird Films; coffee beans in hand by Gustave Axelson; Philippine Eagle by Neil Rettig; Cornell Lab in fall by Dimitri Ponirakis; boardwalk in autumn by Tim Gallagher; girl with notebook courtesy of the Cornell Lab; composite of a hovering Green-breasted Mango by Jesús Antonio Moo Yam; aerial photos of burned landscape by Michael Sweeney; Purple Martins by Alex Eberts / Macaulay Library; Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk / Macaulay Library.

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library