We are pleased to announce that the Internet Bird Collection and the Macaulay Library and eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are joining forces. The IBC is full of tremendous contributors and resources that will soon find a new home with the Macaulay Library—a multimedia archive of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. This new collaboration will leverage the long-term archival capabilities of the 90-year-old Macaulay Library (ML) and the powerful online tools for birders developed by eBird.
The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) obtains the typical rusty colour of its neck and underparts by staining these parts with water rich in iron oxides.
In these videos recorded in the Pyrenees you can see juvenile Bearded Vultures bathing in iron-rich water springs to acquire their characteristic ferruginous colour.
We are proud to announce that the IBC has videos of 9000 bird species. Specifically, there are 119,500 videos of 9000 species of birds of the world, many showing rich behavioural information, which is an invaluable collection that hasn't been assembled anywhere else before. This new IBC record is especially remarkable considering that the number of people taking bird videos is much less than those dedicated to bird photography. The record-breaking video was of Snow Mountain Tiger-parrot Psittacella lorentzi by Herve Jacob, who is uploading some tremendous videos of his last trip to New Guinea – thanks, Herve!
From time to time, contributors ask us for lists of species lacking different materials on the IBC, so that they can try to fill in some gaps in our coverage, which we think is great! To make this easier, we’ve created automatic lists of species lacking materials for each country or territory, which you can access by clicking the link "Want list of species" in the "Statistics" box of any country.
One thing that contributors have always wanted is to be able to generate a list of the species they've recorded. We activated this when we launched the current IBC site, back in July 2016, but now we’ve improved the species list page and also created another page at the family level, which breaks down a contributor’s recordings by bird family, species and type of material, all clickable and easy to follow.
In the former version of the IBC, a thumbnail image from an uploaded video was automatically taken at 1/3 of the video’s duration. So, for a 30-second video, the system took a static image at the 10-second mark, “hoping” that the bird was visible there. Now, videos get an automatic thumbnail taken in the same way, but the system generates 5 images instead of just one, so you can choose the best one when uploading the video, or you can edit already uploaded videos to choose a better thumbnail.
The new IBC site has lots of improvements based on input from users and contributors. For example, now most of the lists of materials have filters to search for specific bird families and/or contributors, sorting options, etc.
In every locality page—from large countries to small parks—there are individual lists for the Videos, Photos and Sound recordings taken there. Further down the page, below these three blocks of materials, there is a box called "Recent contributors for XXX" which shows up to 25 contributors with material for this locality, in order from newest to oldest contributions.
We are proud to unveil the new and improved IBC website, which is, and will remain, free-access and open to everyone! We hope that you will be happy with the improvements, which you will quickly see for yourself, although here we’ve included a summary of the top benefits and some examples to explore.
But this is only the beginning! With the new IBC now in place, we can concentrate on strengthening and adding to this solid base, always listening to the IBC community and what users are looking for in an ornithological multimedia library. Together we have come a long way and together we will take the project even further! Many thanks for your support and participation.
This is Pieter de Groot Boersma's last news feed from his big trip! He travelled extensively from August 2014 to August 2015, covering a whopping 47,000 km by car alone, excluding the travels made by bus throughout New Zealand in November 2014. He hopes that people have enjoyed his videos, which he started uploading to the IBC in September 2015 until June 2016, never missing a day! The news feeds grew over the months, from just a line per species to extensive background information per species. We at the IBC hope other contributors will follow his example when uploading exciting material in the future! Many thanks, Pieter!
Pieter de Groot Boersma's grand end to its big trip involved its trip to New Caledonia, a much anticipated visit. Here part two of this journey, part 1 of his visit to Grande Terre.
Grande Terre, New Caledonia's main island. This island is approximately 350 km long and, along most of its length, 30-50 km wide. This island, and some of its satelites, is the only Pacific Island (or nearly so?) which is essentially a mountain rising from the sea. It belongs to the former continent Zealandia (before part of Gondwana) which now mostly lies underwater. Therefore, many ancient lineages still occur on the island, most famously being the endemic flora.
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