From Our Director

A Message from John Fitzpatrick

Portrait of John Fitzpatrick

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a dynamic hub—a place where more than 300 scientists, staff, and students converge each day to pour energy, passion, and expertise into the study and conservation of nature.

Here inside the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, people explore the intricacies of DNA, delve into the world’s largest archive of animal sounds and videos, teach hands-on research techniques to students, engineer new technologies to study wildlife, analyze hundreds of thousands of data-records from citizen-science participants, and create websites to share the beauty and scientific knowledge of birds with millions of people.

What matters most, though, is what we do beyond these walls. Our impact extends all over the world, into classrooms, homes, libraries—into urban neighborhoods and remote wilderness from Papua New Guinea, to Peru, to the depths of the oceans. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s family includes millions of bird watchers, 200,000 citizen-science participants, and 45,000 donors. We collaborate with partners and students of all ages, all around the world—people bound by love of birds and nature, and by commitment to do everything possible to keep nature intact amidst an onslaught of environmental challenges.

The Cornell Lab is a trusted, effective organization that turns your support into real benefits for birds as well as for people. We are a proud unit of Cornell University, yet as an environmental nonprofit, we receive 99% of our funding from Cornell Lab members, gifts, grants, and contracts.

If you are a Cornell Lab member, thank you. Your support makes our far-reaching work possible. If you’re not a member, please join us for a rewarding experience in learning about—and helping—the birds.

Sincerely,

Fitz Signature

John W. Fitzpatrick
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director

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