The invaluable Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology recently announced a milestone: Its entire audio collection, the Macaulay Library, has been digitalized and is available online, for free.
It’s an astounding collection, dating back to 1929 (No. 1 is a song sparrow). Cornell Lab reports the archive contains about 150,000 audio recording and 10 terabytes of data. (I thought a terabyte was a prehistoric bird.)
Birds dominate, but there also are recordings of other animals, and of people.
Want to listen to it all? It would take you 313 days, Cornell Lab says.
Prefer a sample?
A link to Cornell Lab’s report about the digital landmark, including links to seven recordings, is here:
Among them: an ostrich chick recorded while still in its egg; a “dawn chorus” taped in tropical Queensland, Australia; and what Cornell Lab calls “most spines tingled” — a common loon, of course.
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