The Macaulay Library at Cornell University has created an online searchable database that has over 150,000 recordings of 9,000 species, including a whopping three-quarters of the world’s bird species.
While the database has an extensive bird sound collection, which is pure joy in itself, it also has 30,000 audio & video recordings of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & even fish.
I started using this database with fish because apart from whales & dolphins, I had no idea fish had their own song. The fish sounds were fabulous & quite surprising. Fish make incredible tones. Some sound like farts, while others like metal zippers & there are plenty more.
The database is user-friendly & easily searchable. The search engine allows you to look for audio, video or both. Each search brings up a sound recording, a video if available & a map indicating where the recording was taken. The year of the recoding is also available. The recordings began in 1929, so you might find yourself listening to a fish that was alive in 1954.
This database is just plain fun & interesting for people who have an interest in & enjoy nature. It also has huge benefits for schools, as it allows children to hear the animal, insect, bird or fish & many times be able to watch a short video of it in its natural environment.
I think that these recordings could also be of great use for artists & musicians.
You can access the Macaulay Library at – macaulaylibrary.org