We are in the process of performing a complete redesign of the ground-breaking online natural history series, The Birds of North America (BNA). These digital species monographs represent the most authoritative natural history resource for all of North America’s breeding birds, used by thousands of birders and researchers around the world. The new update will feature a completely revised look and feel for all species accounts, as well as more in-depth revisions of individual accounts moving forward each month. As part of the new update, we plan to more closely link the content presented in the BNA with other growing resources at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, especially eBird and the Macaulay Library. By leveraging the strengths of eBird to create more precise species distribution information, and the Macaulay Library to create high quality, curated galleries of rich media, the BNA will become a more complete and dynamic resource. At eBird, we are now encouraging our users to contribute high quality rich media for the first three focal species in the redesign: American Robin, Osprey, and Steller’s Jay.
The galleries of photos and sounds in the BNA will consist of photos submitted to eBird and housed in the Macaulay Library at the Lab. We will select the highest quality images for the BNA; not only those that focus on plumage details, age/sex differences, and subspecies, but also those that showcase various natural history aspects for each species. To contribute your photos for the BNA, upload a checklist to eBird (this provides the basic metadata we need–what, where, when, and who), and then upload your photos. For this purpose, we recommend submitting JPG files that are at least 2500 pixels on the long edge (bigger is fine), cropped at a 5×3 aspect ratio. Because photographers are attributed wherever their photos are used, we ask that you do not watermark these images. BNA editors will make the final picks for inclusion in these galleries. Thanks for considering letting the Cornell Lab of Ornithology use your images in the most definitive natural history collection of breeding North American birds.
The BNA is also seeking cover images of the species listed below. These images will be featured on the home page of each species account, along with photographer attribution, eBird checklist, and Macaulay Library catalog number. To submit your best images, follow the same instructions outlined above. You can explore the media already available through the Macaulay Library through the Media Search tool.