About Us

Our mission is to support bird conservation, participatory science, science education, and local environmental action initiatives that will positively impact biodiversity and diverse under-served communities.

This website aims to provide easy access to materials, educational resources, and opportunities for people and organizations in Latin America and The Caribbean. We encourage you to get to know us better by exploring our ResourcesLearn, and Opportunities sections to find your place in our community and discover the resources and materials you’ve been looking for. This website also highlights the educational activities carried out by our incredible Latin American and Caribbean partners (see Community). We hope this website is helpful for you and inspires you about birds, conservation, and the well-being of your community.

You can learn more about our Center for Engagement in Science and Nature, its programs and projects, and our bilingual website team (below). The mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is“To interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and participatory science focused on birds.”

Center for Engagement in Science and Nature

We inspire and support people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with birds, participate in science, and become advocates for life on Earth. Through education and the collective power of participatory science, we encourage people to love birds and nature, and support conservation actions in diverse communities for a sustainable planet for all. Visit the Center for Engagement in Science and Nature. Everyone is welcome!

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    Bird Academy

    More than 200,000 learners have benefited from Bird Academy’s self-paced, practice-based online courses. Whether you’re looking to learn ID tips and skills, bird biology, or simply want to enrich your appreciation of nature, there’s a course for bird enthusiasts of all levels.

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    Celebrate Urban Birds

    We co-create community science projects with communities that have been historically underrepresented in birdwatching and science. Based on equity, these projects center on local culture, leadership, and wisdom.

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    Great Backyard Bird Count

    Join us for a 4-day count in February to watch, celebrate, and count birds. By participating in this participatory science project, you help us to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations from around the world.

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    K-12 Education

    Our educational materials and professional development opportunities empower educators to engage youth in scientific investigations and projects, igniting a lifelong passion for nature.

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    Learn how to find and monitor bird nests, plus record data on species, eggs, and young. Your observations help scientists understand how climate change, urbanization, and land-use affect breeding birds all over the world.

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    Nest Quest Go!

    Join our fun participatory science project and help us transcribe more than 300,000 historic nest record cards submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Your dedication will help us understand the incredible lives of nesting birds.

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    Noise Project

    This project, based on equity and co-created by leaders of communities underrepresented in the sciences, studies the impact of noise pollution on humans and birds.

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    Project FeederWatch

    Whether you have a bird feeder or not, tell us about the birds that visit your yard between November and April each year! For more than 35 years, citizen scientists have shared their observations, helping us understand bird population changes in the United States and Canada.

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    Visitor Center

    Our Visitor Center has everything from guided tours, interactive exhibits, artwork, and more. The Cornell Lab is nestled within a 230-acre natural sanctuary with more than 4 miles of easy trails for exploring. Come visit us!

Meet the bilingual website team