For over a year, Haikuboxes across the US have been collecting valuable data shared with researchers at the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Nearly 23 million bird songs have thus far been identified and recorded by these Haikuboxes, with four million more expected to be added every month. Each Haikubox collects roughly 3,000 identifications per day (depending on season and location), meaning more and more data is gathered with every Haikubox installation.
Data collected thus far shows that just five species (House Sparrow, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay and American Robin) make up about one-third of all identified birds. Just 15 species* make up an additional one-third of all identifications, with the remaining birds (about 500 total species) making up the final third of all identifications.
Seasonal changes are expected, as are overall results as more Haikuboxes are added across the US and Canada.
This kind of widespread nature monitoring is only possible with the help of Haikubox owners who serve as community scientists by installing and allowing the use of their bird recordings to be used for scientific study.
* Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Fish Crow, Carolina Chickadee, House Wren, Red-belled Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, California Towhee and Downy Woodpecker.