When you first upload media to an eBird checklist using the Manage Media tool, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement below. The agreement must be accepted in order to contribute media using this tool. If you have any questions, please email us.

Thank you for choosing to document your observations with rich media! Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please read the full terms and conditions below before contributing media.

Note: The following agreement has been translated into additional languages for the convenience of our users. However, the English version represents the official version.

Audiovisual Media Submission to Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Terms and Conditions

By submitting your audiovisual media (hereinafter the "Content") to the Cornell Lab, you retain the copyright to this Content, and you thereby grant to Cornell University a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free and perpetual license, in all media (print, electronic, or other), to use, distribute, sublicense (see below), reproduce, modify, adapt, and publicly display the Content for any purposes that further the research and educational mission of the Cornell Lab. These purposes may include (without limitation) scientific research, display on Cornell Lab websites such as eBird, Macaulay Library, Birds of the World, promotional uses, and inclusion in Cornell Lab multimedia content and products. We retain the right to sublicense the Content for research use, but will not sublicense the Content to any third party for commercial use without your permission. Whenever the Cornell Lab uses your media, you will be attributed.

You warrant that the Content is either owned by you, or in the public domain. You agree that you will hold Cornell Lab and Cornell University harmless from any claims of Content ownership or infringement by any other person or entity. You agree that you are solely responsible for protecting the Content from infringement by a third party; Cornell Lab is not responsible for pursuing such claims on your behalf.

You represent that you are 18 years old or older. If you are between the age of 13 and 17, you may submit media with the consent of a parent or guardian.

Cornell Lab reserves the right to use/not use any submitted audiovisual media as deemed appropriate by Cornell Lab in its sole discretion.

For Young Birders:

We’re thrilled you would like to contribute media to eBird! If you are between the ages of 13-17, please ask your parents send us an email so you can use the media upload tools. This is important. Thank you! Also, if you haven't checked out a special edition of eBird for young birders, please visit the Young Birders Network


For Parents and Guardians:

If you would like to grant your 13-17 year old permission to upload their media to eBird, please send an email to eBird@cornell.edu. Please review the terms and conditions found above. Feel free to copy the text below into an email message.


“I grant my child (insert name) permission to upload media to eBird. I agree to the terms and conditions for uploading media.”

We appreciate your help and support of their interest in birds.