After 12 years of work, Cornell’s Macaulay Library archive, the largest collection of wildlife sounds in the world, is now digitized and fully available online.
“In terms of speed and the breadth of material now accessible to anyone in the world, this is really revolutionary,” said audio curator Greg Budney. All archived analog recordings in the collection, going back to 1929, have and can be heard for free online.
“This is one of the greatest research and conservation resources at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,” said Budney. The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a total run time of 7,513 hours. About 9,000 species are represented. There’s an emphasis on birds, but the collection also includes sounds of whales, elephants, frogs, primates and more.
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