Birds of North America Online

Clif Moss Nature Education Center

At Northwest Branch Library


The Birds of North America Online

Visitors at the Moss Center can access the BNA database to search for articles, images, videos, and sounds files of bird calls.  The online database is also available to all Corpus Christi Public Library cardholders from any computer. 

The Birds of North America Online

To access The Birds of North America (BNA) from outside the library, enter your Corpus Christi Public Libraries 14 digit library barcode number below.

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What is BNA Online?

"In two centuries of American ornithology, The Birds of North America (BNA) is only the fourth comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North American birds. Following in the footsteps of Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, and Arthur Cleveland Bent, BNA makes a quantum leap in information beyond what these historic figures were able to provide. Edited by Drs. Alan Poole and Frank Gill, this series provides detailed scientific information (18 volumes, 18,000 pages in total) for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. The print version of BNA was completed in 2002, a joint 10 year project of the American nithologists' Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Now as an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is poised to become a living resource. Account contents will be updated frequently, with online-coordinated contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. In addition, BNA Online will build image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and more. And each online species account will contain recordings of that bird's songs and calls, selected from the extensive collection in Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds."

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