Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Lab is a non-profit membership institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Cornell’s programs work with citizen scientists, government and non-government agencies across North America and beyond. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology believes that bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can and do make a difference.

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Sponsored Projects

Great Backyard Bird Count

The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place over four days each February. Simply count the birds! Count the numbers of birds and the species variety. You can count in your backyard or any location you like for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days and then simply report the information online at

The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make a difference by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds. This extensive information data base is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns.

Project FeederWatch

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology operates Project FeederWatch in partnership with the National Audubon Society, Bird Studies Canada and Canadian Nature Federation. The program relies on volunteers to count birds at their backyard feeders once every two weeks from November to April. The information helps scientists gain a better understanding of population trends and movements of birds and helps develop an awareness of North American feeder bird conservation efforts. Wild Birds Unlimited is a sponsor of this project.

Bird Cams

Jim Carpenter, Founder & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box for almost 20 years. Set more than 30 feet high against the trunk of a pignut hickory tree, the box has been home to a series of occupants, including owls, squirrels and raccoons.

We are excited to partner with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to give families world-wide a live glimpse into a Barred Owl nest box. Through our partnership we can live stream video from the WBU Barred Owl Cam and share it on our website and feature it in our store. The WBU Barred Owl Cam along with many more nest cams can also be seen at