More than one contributor to this site has been a fan of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology for several decades. During graduate school, for example, when Sapsucker Woods provided more than just a walk in the woods. The Lab’s fan base is global, for good reason, both among casual bird lovers and more serious bird watchers. The Lab became the focus of professional interest to several of us when we began managing lodges in the rain forests of Central America, and we discovered what we had not known while at Cornell: it has the largest collection of field recordings of bird songs in the world. Guests at our lodges were awed by this resource when it was pointed out to them. The images above reflect more recent appreciation we have for the Lab.
We have heard several of the names in this video from the Lab, which briefly documents the experience of a student-designed and student led expedition to Borneo to learn scientific methodology in the field. First, from Seth during his first year working at the Lab, which coincided with the time period covered in this video (though he was not involved in the expedition or its planning), and coincidentally with our first awareness of the growing field of citizen science, which since then has become a booming sub-genre on this site thanks to Phil and his attention to the intersection of citizen science and entrepreneurial conservation of marine ecosystems. Ben, who spent the summer of 2012 with us in Kerala documenting the ornithological wonders of the Western Ghats, also worked at the Lab and so we heard some of these names from him:
In 2012 and 2013, students participating in the Cornell Expeditions in Field Ornithology went to Tawau Hills Park in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo to study Suboscine birds: Pittas, Broadbills and Green Broadbills. The expedition was funded in part by Ivy Expedition Fund and led by Prof. David Winkler, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.