Clip | American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth - Citizen Science Story: Bird Cams Lab

Meet Citizen Scientist David Cohen and see how Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams Lab has provided him a window into studying the behavior of birds.

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MY NAMED IS DAVID COHEN, AIM AN ARTIST, A NATURE LOVER, AND TODAY I AM A CITIZEN SCIENTIST.

I KNOW I CERTAINLY WATCHED BIRDS FOR YEARS JUST LOOKING OUT AND SEEING THEM FLY OR LAND ON A BRANCH, BUT WHAT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THAT NEST I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT.

THE BIRD CAMS PROVIDE A WINDOW INTO NATURE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN THERE BEFORE.

WE'LL START OUT.

WE'LL TRY TO PICK IT UP A LITTLE BIT BELOW WHERE THE CURRENT CAMERA IS.

CORNELL HAD BIRD CAMS LAB RUNNING FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

IT'S A UNIQUE APPROACH TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF SCIENCE.

COOL.

THAT'S IT.

AS CITIZEN SCIENTISTS, WE WANTED TO KNOW, DO HAWKS USE DIFFERENT CALLS THE MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS?

[CHIRPING] DO THE VOCALIZATIONS HAVE DIFFERENT MEANINGS?

[CHIRPING] BY HAVING PEOPLE WATCH AND RESPOND BY SAYING WHAT THEY HEARD AND WHAT THEY SAW IN THE CLIPS WHEN THESE CALLS WERE BEING DONE, THAT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT READILY AVAILABLE IN THE SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION TODAY.

ONE THING WE'VE HEARD FROM CAM VIEWERS SINCE DAY ONE IS HOW FUN, INTERESTING, ENTERTAINING, AND FULL OF DISCOVERY WATCHING CAMERAS ARE.

YOU'RE SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER FOR GOODNESS SAKE AND YOU'RE WATCHING THE LIFE OF A BIRD OR FAMILY OF BIRDS THAT ARE PROVIDING INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION AND JOY.

IT'S JUST CRAZY.

IT'S JUST REALLY CRAZY.