11 Times Photographers-who-share Totally Made Our Work Better

Photo © Tony Armstrong

It is no secret that we rely on the kindness of others to make our webpages as gorgeous and informative as they are. Without the photographers, both professional and amateur, who make their images available to us either via creative commons licensing, or by submitting them to the lab through one of our many channels (Flickr Birdshare, eBird, Macaulay Library, Birdspotter, or other Lab photo contests) we wouldn’t be able to tell as rich of stories, or offer visual evidence of hard-to-believe phenomena. The images you share (over 6000 of them to date) make our work to engage the public stronger. So, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Here are 11 times the images you shared totally made our work better

1. That time when we needed proof that some birds really do eat those gnarly tent caterpillars

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Photo © Josh Jones
Updating the lawn

Photo © Naomi Pincher

2. And, that time when we realized almost no one bothered to take pictures of boring chores like removing lawn except this lady

3. And this; that time when we had something important to say about bees and caffeine

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Photo © Chris Blakeley

4. And, another time when we were grateful someone else found caterpillar poop (frass) interesting

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Photo © Filip

5. That time we were floored by the way bluebirds eat caterpillars

Caterpillar Smash

Eastern Bluebirds rely on caterpillars and other insects to meet their food needs, especially while breeding.

Photo © www.colinclementphotography.com

6. And, yes, that time we needed proof spiders are omnivores

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Photo © Jason da Silva

7. That time we really wanted to make sure we were showing you a specific US native plant (actually this is almost ALL the time, but this was a particularly difficult-to-find one (White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)))

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Photo © Leif Richardson

8. And then there was that time we found this stunning image of monarch butterfly scales that was perfect for the article we were writing on milkweeds

clean monarch scales

Clean (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) infection-free) monarch butterfly scales magnified using a microscope.

Photo © BlueRidgeKitties

9. Or, that time we had the crazy idea to capture the “feeling of being left out and wanting to join a group” with an image and found this perfect shot

left out

Photo © charamelody

10. Don’t forget that time we were really worried when every picture of a rain barrel made them look like eyesores instead of great additions to a yard

owl barrel

Photo © barb howe

11. And finally, that one time *all* those times we want something really beautiful to inspire our fantastic citizen science participants

Western Kingbird

The Western Kingbird is a bird of open country, often seen catching insects around pastures.

Photo © Mark Summers

Crediting our Photographers

We are dedicated to crediting our photographer. You can find out who took a particular picture by hovering over the little camera icon in the upper righthand corner of most images. If you ever find an image without credit, we want to know.


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