Bird Cams Lab Biological Data

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Bird Cams Lab was a project funded by the National Science Foundation that ran from 2018 to 2021, providing opportunities for the public to work with scientists to co-create scientific investigations using online wildlife cams. Participants had the opportunity to be a part of each stage of the scientific process: making observations,posing questions to investigate, designing the study, collecting data, exploring results, and sharing findings. There were six investigations, and a total of more than 500,000 observations. Participants collected data from archived video footage on the Zooniverse platform, and in real time using a data tagging tool on the Bird Cams Lab and Bird Cams website. The data are intended to be open access and we encourage anyone to use the information to explore or conduct research. We have organized the data for each investigation in its own folder. When using the data, please acknowledge the contributions and funding under Acknowledgements and use the suggested citation. To learn more about the Bird Cams Lab project, visit To access the code used to work with this data, visit any questions about the data, please contact Bird Cams (

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Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who participated in the Bird Cams Lab investigations. Thank you as well to Eliot Miller for working with the Bird Cams Lab community in the Battling Birds: Panama Edition investigation and Wesley Hochachkafor advising on how to work with the data. A special thank you to the Cornell Lab’s Web Communications team for designing the live data tagging tool and online collaboration spaces that made data collection and exploration possible.


For three investigations (Battling Birds, Hawk Talk, and Battling Birds: Panama Edition), participants collected data from archived video clips on the platform, development of which is funded by generous support, including a Global Impact Award from Google, and by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The overall Bird Cams Lab work was funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1713225. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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citizen science; bird cams; cornell lab of ornithology; wildlife cams; cornell feeders live


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Mady, R. P., Mason, P., Strimas-Mackey, M., Chu, M., Phillips, T., Bonter, D., Eldermire, C., Walters, B. (2021), Bird Cams Lab Video Data, Cornell Library eCommons Repository, doi:10.7298/f18v-s618

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