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Cornell Launches Archive of 150,000 Bird Calls and Animal Sounds

Open Culture – January 22, 2013
By Open Culture

Cornell Launches Archive of 150,000 Bird Calls and Animal Sounds Ornithologists and bird watchers rejoice. After a dozen years, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library has fully digitized its nearly 150,000 audio recordings (a total running time of 7,513 hours), representing close to 9,000 different species, such as the very unsettling-sounding Barred Owl (above). While the collection also includes the sounds of whales, elephants, frogs, primates, and other animals, the primary emphasis here is on birds (it is a Lab of Ornithology, after all), and there is an incredible range of calls. Cornell recommends some of the highlights below: Earliest recording: Cornell Lab founder Arthur Allen was a pioneer…
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