Tag Archives: Birds

Cornell’s Merlin app can identify birds by sight and sound | Popular Science

The app’s new ‘Shazam for birds’ feature was made possible through citizen science. Here’s how it all works—and why you should download it.

By Charlotte Hu | Updated Jul 28, 2021 8:20 AM

Who’s singing here? Cornell’s updated Merlin app can listen and find out for you. Drew Weber / Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library

Last year, as pandemic lockdown restrictions hit the US, new bird enthusiasts flocked to the free Merlin Bird ID app.

The app, which comes from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, previously offered ways for users to identify a mystery bird near them through descriptions or a photo.

Earlier this summer, it received an even cooler feature: the ability to recognize a bird based on a short audio clip of its song, chirp, or call.

Starting in March 2020, the Merlin team saw an uptick in the number of app downloads, a trend that’s persisted. “Not only were we getting more downloads, but the number of active users has continued to grow,” says Drew Weber, the project coordinator for Merlin. This spring, 1.2 million people (and counting) were on Merlin. “People are downloading it, getting into birds, and they’re still into birds this year, even though the realities of lockdown and such are changing,” he says. “It seems like it piqued their interest, and kept their interest.”

Source: Cornell’s Merlin app can identify birds by sight and sound | Popular Science

Carolina Raptor Center – Huntersville, North Carolina – Atlas Obscura

From golden eagles to peregrine falcons, this rehabilitation and education center is a haven for birds of prey. 

Queen Beatrice, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, with Trainer Colleen Roddick. Photo by William Krumpleman

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In 1975, an injured broad-winged hawk found its way to Dr. Richard Brown, an ornithologist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Along with several biology students, Brown helped the bird back to health and released it into the wild—it would be the first of many rehabilitations.

Over the years that followed, more and more birds were brought into the makeshift clinic in the basement of the university’s biology building.

In 1980, Brown and Deb Sue Griffin, one of his students, decided to make things more official. Together they founded Carolina Raptor Center, which has admitted some 20,000 birds over the last four decades.

Source: Carolina Raptor Center – Huntersville, North Carolina – Atlas Obscura

John James Audubon’s Birds of America | Audubon

John James Audubon’s Birds of America | Audubon.