Cornell Lab Annual Report 2023

I’m thrilled to share this annual report back to thanks in your steadfast assist, and as an example how your generosity is remodeling our work.

Collectively We Act, the theme of our report, is concerning the energy of partnership—and one in every of our most necessary companions is you.

Ian Owens, Government Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Collectively We Defend

A brand new period for conservation is underway. It’s powered by individuals and by massive knowledge—a motion spurred in equal measure by a love of birds and wildlife and by new advances in expertise.

The Cornell Lab is a hub the place individuals and expertise come collectively. It’s the place the Lab’s tech groups construct the platforms for people around the globe to take pleasure in birds and share their observations. It’s the place our scientists transfer these contributions into huge number-crunching analyses to pinpoint the place species are declining, and floor options. 

The important thing now could be to maneuver concepts into worldwide motion, to ship the customizable insights that any individual, group, land supervisor, or coverage maker can use to guard nature, regionally and internationally. Past, by the facility of storytelling, we are going to amplify the voices of those that are rallying for conservation, and mix science with the cinematic great thing about wildlife to encourage choices to learn nature.

Collectively, we’re working urgently to counter the steep declines in birds and different wildlife. Collectively, our alternative is boundless.

Three large white birds with red head caps seem to walk on air.
Whereas nonetheless ample, Sandhill Cranes are exhibiting declines throughout western parts of their vary, in accordance with new eBird Developments knowledge. Photograph by Mark Chappell/Macaulay Library.

Collectively We Uncover

We speed up discovery with pioneering analysis and expertise. Greater than that, we share our ardour, instruments, and information with others to spark the following discoveries around the globe. 

Right here on the Cornell Lab, scientists and engineers develop methods to disclose the invisible: elephants rumbling in tropical forests; thousands and thousands of bugs strumming within the rainforest; birds migrating below cowl of darkness; the historical past of a species, written in DNA. 

With bioacoustics, radar, and genetic analyses, we’ve got the aptitude to observe the heartbeat of the planet. However we will’t do it alone. 

By educating the following era of conservation leaders, and by bringing instruments and expertise to new communities and collaborators, collectively we foster the talents and capability to review and shield wildlife, from whales in Hawaii to penguins in Antarctica. 

Woman in orange jacket, surrounded by penguins in an Antarctic landscape, takes a sample off ground.
Postdoctoral researcher Gemma Clucas collects King Penguin fecal samples to observe how Antarctic warming
impacts meals availability for the birds. Photograph by Jacob C. Cooper.
A group of people with cameras and binoculars sit against a wall with a mural.
Members of accomplice group Crimson de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile—or ROC—are important to collaborative conservation efforts in Chile. Photograph by @fernando.carrasco.fotografias.

Collectively We Remodel

Shifting the needle towards a more healthy world means serving to individuals join with their environment. Folks will take motion for what they perceive, care about, and love. 

The Cornell Lab helps thousands and thousands in these actions after they carry the Merlin Hen ID app with them in every single place, having fun with instantaneous entry to details about birds and nature in 17 languages and counting. Past that, we guarantee science and discovery take root in learners of all ages by Hen Academy and Okay–12 training. And we assist many extra take motion by worldwide participatory science initiatives like World Massive Day, Nice Yard Hen Depend, NestWatch, and Mission FeederWatch. 

This mannequin goes far past concepts and apps. You could find the beating coronary heart of a motion within the teams, organizations, and communities which can be partnering with the Lab wherever birds and nature encourage the change the world wants. 

Why We Help the Lab

Two men standing side by side.
Photograph courtesy of Wesleyan Connection.

Ford and David Schumann can’t keep in mind a time they didn’t possess a eager appreciation for birds and nature.

At the moment, by the Robert Schumann Basis, the brothers proceed to assist the Cornell Lab. Like their late father—one of many very first supporters who helped get eBird off the bottom—they search to alter hearts and minds on behalf of birds. “We frequently assist the Lab’s Heart for Conservation Media,” David explains, “as a result of they’ve the flexibility to affect lawmakers and communities to alter and take motion.”

Lady in black shirt smiling.
Photograph by Peter Edward Quinn.

Okay. Lisa Yang believes within the energy of discovery, which opened her eyes to the Cornell Lab.

A conservationist and self-described “investor for the longer term,” Lisa noticed the potential of the Lab’s bioacoustic analysis on an opportunity open-house go to throughout Migration Celebration. Envisioning how bioacoustics can inform data-driven decision-making, Lisa stepped in and endowed the Okay. Lisa Yang Heart for Conservation Bioacoustics. With larger assets, the Heart has pioneered the evaluation of huge datasets to yield highly effective insights about world wildlife well being.

Older man and woman sitting on a rock.
Photograph courtesy of Carlyn and Tom Jervis.

Carlyn and Tom Jervis fell in love at Cornell. With birds—and one another.

Life took Tom and Carlyn many locations, but a bit of their hearts remained in Sapsucker Woods. “Studying Residing Hen, we realized about every little thing the Lab was doing, so after we may afford to be donors, we began contributing,” says Tom. They’re now key supporters of the Coastal Options Fellows program. “We wished to direct our giving to one thing research-oriented… recognizing that there are advanced social, financial, and political dynamics to conservation,” explains Carlyn.

Monetary Report

2023 Fiscal Yr:
July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023

Thanks for supporting the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In fiscal yr 2023, 1000’s of members and donors offered greater than 70% of our annual income, a complete of $32.2 million that expands our capability to advertise world conservation by analysis, training, and participatory science.

As a mission-driven nonprofit group nested inside a world-class tutorial analysis establishment, the Cornell Lab leverages our power to supply data, instruments, and inspiration to individuals and companions around the globe to assist reverse the decline in birds and biodiversity.

Income and Expenditures Over Time

The bar chart depicts wholesome development over the previous 10 years with revenues exceeding expenditures, permitting the Lab to repeatedly increase and strengthen our very important analysis, training, and conservation efforts.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, robust philanthropic assist mixed with a minimal improve in bills resulted in an unusual surplus of funds for a number of years. As we returned to pre-pandemic ranges of exercise this yr, we’ve got invested these surpluses in individuals, expertise, and progressive concepts to speed up our work.

We’re happy to incorporate a downloadable listing of our Sapsucker Woods Society members and honor and memorial tributes right here.

Obtain earlier annual experiences right here:
2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.

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