About the Macaulay Library

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The Macaulay Library is the world's premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs. Our mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species' behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts.


Access to audio and video recordings in the archive is available for research, educational, and commercial use. If you would like to contribute to the archive, you can submit your bird recordings and photos via the eBird/Macaulay Library media upload tool. Recordists with videos or non-bird recordings can contact us to to discuss the possible archival of their material. New recordists can receive training at our annual sound recording workshop and learn how to become expert field recordists, or use our online resources for quick tutorials.

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