Dear HBW Alive Subscriber,

The Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW Alive) will find a new and permanent home as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World project, set to launch in early 2020. Birds of the World will be a living, scholarly publication that integrates content from several renowned ornithological resources, including HBW Alive, Birds of North America, Neotropical Birds, Bird Families of the World, and the Internet Bird Collection—Birds of the World will be the definitive resource for pursuing questions about birds. We know you will enjoy the enhancements made possible by the Lab’s expertise in developing web‐based publications, integration with the Macaulay Library’s 100‐year legacy of media archives, and the rapidly growing features of eBird to support the global birding community. And behind the project there is already a rapidly evolving team of ornithological experts working to contribute and curate new content and updates.


As an existing subscriber, we know that your HBW Alive account is important to you. You can trust that your account will be in good hands with the Cornell Lab.
  • There will be no gap in service for current users. HBW Alive content will continue to be available on until Cornell launches the new platform in early 2020.
  • Until the new platform is launched, renewals will continue to be carried out by Lynx Edicions, who will handle the details of all existing subscriptions until further notice.
  • After the new platform launches, Cornell will honour your existing subscription for its full term.
TWO STEPS ARE REQUIRED to ensure your existing HBW Alive account will transfer over to Birds of the World at the Cornell Lab and that you maintain access to the content. In preparation for the transition, we ask that you complete the following short steps as soon as possible.

1. If you do NOT have a Cornell Lab/eBird account, CREATE one now. If you are unsure if you have an account, you can CHECK by entering your email and retrieving your password at the link below. If Cornell Lab doesn’t recognize your email, please create a new account.

With a Cornell Lab account, the Lab can start communicating with you about your account and ensure that you maintain subscription access once the new platform is launched.
CREATE/CHECK your Cornell Lab account
2. MATCH your HBW Alive account with your Cornell Lab account by filling out the account transition form via the link on your profile page. This way we can provide you with seamless access to Birds of the World when it launches next year.
Log in here and click the "MATCH" button
BONUS: Upon completing this process, subscribers will be rewarded with FREE access to the deep, scholarly content of Birds of North America—soon to become a key component in Birds of the World. So, the sooner you complete these steps, the better!
We hope that the information presented here is clear and we look forward to sharing more details about the transition and sneak previews of the new Birds of the World platform as it develops.

If you have any questions about the steps outlined above, feel free to contact Laura Kammermeier ( at the Cornell Lab. She stands by ready to help you understand and navigate the transition.

For those subscribers using the My Birding functionalities on HBW Alive, we will be in touch shortly with additional steps for shifting your My Birding data over to eBird, if you choose to have us do that for you, as well as specially tailored guidance for navigating the eBird system. The HBW Alive and eBird teams are working closely to ensure a smooth transition for this facet of the project as well.

All of us at Lynx Edicions have greatly enjoyed serving you this online Handbook of Birds of the World content and we thank you for your support of the HBW Alive project. We are very happy that HBW will stay “alive” thanks to the skills and resources of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We will do our best to see that your account is transferred in an efficient and seamless manner to its new home.
That’s all for now. Please follow the above steps as soon as possible so we can start the process of transitioning your account.

Josep del Hoyo
Senior Editor
Brian Sullivan
Digital Publications Lead
Lynx Edicions •
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