Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Offers Digital Library of Warbler Songs

Carry a Tune with Digital Warbler Songs
Sounds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology play on any MP3 device

Ithaca, NYA compilation of 310 songs and calls for 57 species of warblers is now available from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library—the largest archive of wildlife sounds in the world. Originally released in 1985 as an LP record, Songs of the Warblers of North America is the most comprehensive audio guide to warblers available anywhere. The newly digitized version can be used on any device that plays MP3 files and is $14.99

“We received numerous requests for this digital release,” said Macaulay Library audio curator Greg Budney. “Knowing the songs of warblers really enhances people’s ability to find and identify dozens of stunning warbler species.”

Multiple sounds for each species showcase the variability in warbler vocalizations, enabling listeners to recognize the essential qualities of each species’ song while also appreciating the variability within and among species. Selected examples are available for listening 

The MP3 files are accompanied by photos of each warbler for those who download the material to a device that can show images. A PDF copy of the booklet that accompanied the original album provides information on the location and date for each recording and is included in the download.
This guide to warbler songs and calls is a collaboration of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, theBorror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, and Ontario Nature.

Contact: Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (607) 254-2137,

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