Upland Goose
Upland Goose (Bar-breasted) Chloephaga picta

FAQ for HBW Alive subscribers

HBW Alive will become the backbone of the new Birds of the World in early 2020. The renowned Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW Alive) content has transitioned from Lynx Edicions (Lynx) to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Cornell Lab), where this exciting new platform is under development.

All current HBW Alive subscriptions will be transitioned to the Cornell Lab and will be honored until the end of their term.

What is Birds of the World?

Birds of the World will be a dynamic, scholarly resource that blends science, technology, and multimedia to provide scientists, students, and keen birders with the ultimate publication for pursuing questions about birds. It will integrate HBW Alive with deep ornithological content from several of the Lab’s existing platforms and become fully integrated with the reporting and listing tools of eBird and the vast library of media resources from the Macaulay Library.

Birds of the World will strive to expand its depth and breadth while keeping its resources scholarly and current in order to meet the needs of the ornithological community.

When will Birds of the World be launched?

The new Birds of the World platform will launch in early 2020. Until then, customer access to existing HBW Alive content will continue uninterrupted at www.hbw.com.

What will happen to my HBW Alive account?

Your HBW Alive subscription will be transitioned to the Cornell Lab and will be honored until the end of its term.

All subscribers will receive an email from Lynx Edicions in October with instructions for how to transition your account. A necessary first step is to create a Cornell Lab account by clicking the link below--then we’ll start communicating with you about transitioning your Lynx account to the Lab.

Create an account here.

By the way, all subscribers will be rewarded with FREE access to the deep, scholarly content found on Birds of North America until the launch of Birds of the World. So, the sooner you start this process, the better!

Meanwhile, check back here and be vigilant about checking your spam folder for emails from Lynx and the Cornell Lab. We look forward to bringing you on board!

What will happen to my MyBirding Data?

Premium HBW Alive users will have the option to have their MyBirding data moved over to eBird, a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Lynx will no longer accept new data on the MyBirding platform after 1 November 2019.

MyBirding users do not have to wait to use eBird. We invite you to learn more about eBird and get started today.

What taxonomy does eBird use?

eBird uses the Clements taxonomy (https://ebird.org/science/the-ebird-taxonomy). In order to ease the transition of your data, eBird’s 2019 taxonomy update focused on bringing Clements and Birdlife/HBW taxonomies into closer alignment. That 2019 update rolled out in eBird in early August 2019.

Why the Cornell Lab of Ornithology?

For the past 25 years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has invested heavily in leveraging the power of the internet and rapidly advancing technologies to share authoritative information about birds with the world’s scientists and with global public audiences. From developing revolutionary tools for birders such as eBird and the Merlin Bird ID app, to gathering and archiving the world’s natural history media at the Macaulay Library, to serving the professional ornithological community through scholarly digital publications such as the Birds of North America and Neotropical Birds, the Lab is committed to developing and maintaining the technological and staffing infrastructure required to support and grow these services.

The Cornell Lab is committed to creating the best services for ornithologists, birders, and nature‐lovers worldwide and to bring together our worldwide ornithological communities.