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Gregory F. Budney

Gregory F. Budney is the curator of collection development at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, where he oversees the development of the archive of audio and video recordings. The collection has more than doubled under his direction and currently stands as the largest wildlife sound archive in the world.

During his thirty-four years with the Macaulay Library, Greg has served as audio archivist, assistant curator, acting director, and curator of audio. He is also a well-regarded field recordist and has contributed thousands of recordings to the library’s archive.

In 1984 Greg conducted the first in a series of annual sound recording training courses—a successful program that continues to this day. He has trained hundreds of scientists and volunteers worldwide, most recently in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Guyana, where in-country biologists will use their newly acquired audio recording skills for research investigations and conservation efforts.

Greg has coauthored several publications on techniques for audio recording in the field and the management of wildlife audio archives. He has also produced numerous audio guides of wildlife sounds for the public and research use.

Greg holds a BS in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

The Lab of Ornithology, a Cornell and national treasure, works to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science.