About the IBC
The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is a non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world's avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of the world's birds that is available to the general public free of charge. While the initial aim is to post at least one video or photo per species, the long-term objective is to eventually include material showing a variety of biological aspects (e.g. feeding, breeding, etc.) for every species.
The idea to create the IBC came about through the contact its creators have had with other bird watchers who use cameras during their trips. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the current trend is for birdwatchers with varying degrees of dedication to record images and voices of the species -both common and rare- that they see during their trips to all corners of the world. This material is obviously not of much use to the global birding community if it is kept at home. Yet, if it is gathered and made accessible to the public via the Internet, it could surely constitute a valuable source of information for birders, ornithologists, conservationists, etc. In short, the essential goal of the IBC is to initiate a collective project that will only be of use if it is truly just that. In other words, the key to the success of the IBC lies in the hands of yourselves, the users.
The advantage of this medium, the Internet, is that it enables the information provided to be accessed from anywhere in the world, thus making it possible for bird lovers across the globe to see and hear species they might not have had the opportunity to observe had the IBC not been created. Those ornithologists who travel extensively will also find this a useful tool, as it will allow them to get a preview of the birds they plan to see before they begin their travels.
For a tour around the IBC, watch this video.
Finally, we would like to point out that the IBC is sponsored by the Handbook of the Birds of the World (http://www.lynxeds.com), which covers all of the costs of designing and setting up the site including the dedicated server, high speed connection and the staff required for running the site.
General Information about the IBC Material and Copyright Protection
All materials uploaded by contributors are protected by copyright and are the sole property of the person who has recorded them, or the legal owner. Lynx only shares the copyright with the owner when the material has been obtained with Lynx's help, which usually only applies to its staff members. No part of this material can be used in any way without prior written permission of the copyright holders. Contributors receive full credit and, if they wish, their details are included on the Contributors Page.
All of the contents appearing on the IBC that have been provided by the Handbook of the Birds of World, including summary-box information, distribution maps, foreign language names, taxonomy data and subspecies and distribution data, are protected by copyright. No part of this material can be used in any way without the prior written permission of the copyright holders.
All of the materials are shown on the website free of charge to the viewer. Likewise, remuneration is not offered to those who provide material. This is a non-profit project and the funding provided by any other sponsors will cover the running and maintenance of the site as well as any improvements made to it. Hence, the project does not yield a profit.