Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange (brought to you by the Ornithological Council)

"Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest" download now available FREE on the CLO web site

Fern Davies

Recommended Posts



"Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest" download, which is now available on the Lab's web site:



The Cornell Lab of O is making this available to honor Ted Parker.


When it was first released in 1985, Ted Parker's Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest was a revolutionary production, making the voices of numerous Amazonian birds and mammals widely available for the first time.


Ted’s high-quality and well-documented recordings were a source of knowledge and inspiration to an entire generation of recordists and field ornithologists, and set a very high standard for others to follow.


Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest also showcased Parker's encyclopedic knowledge of South American birds. It was this incredible knowledge, combined with his intense focus, discipline, and strong sense of urgency, that allowed him to make so many important discoveries about Neotropical birds. Ted's ornithological legacy continues to serve as an inspiration, and all those who were fortunate to have called him a friend miss him profoundly. 


The legacy of this legendary field biologist and conservationist lives on


For release: August 1, 2013

ted_parker_courtesyCI_250px.jpgIthaca, N.Y.—Saturday, August 3, marks the 20th anniversary of the death of renowned ornithologist and conservationist Theodore A. Parker III. Parker's death at age 40 in a plane crash in Ecuador in 1993 stunned the conservation community. Parker had strong ties to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where he served on the administrative board and shaped the Lab's conservation vision.

"He was one of the greatest field experts on South American birds who ever lived," says Cornell Lab director, Dr.  John  Fitzpatrick. "Besides having superb technical and physical skills, he was always sharing and synthesizing his immense knowledge for others. There will never be another one like him."

Parker was a specialist in the birds of South America and had a phenomenal ability to remember wildlife sounds. He could identify more than 4,000 bird species by their songs alone. He made high-quality sound recordings and was a vital contributor to the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library (then called the Library of Natural Sounds), where some 10,000 of his recordings are archived, representing more than 2,000 species of birds, mammals, and amphibians.

Parker was a senior scientist at Conservation International and pioneered the Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), which took a small team of scientists to remote areas in the tropics that had never been biologically surveyed to determine their level of biodiversity and potential for conservation. Thanks to Parker's efforts, Bolivia established Madidi National Park, setting aside 4.5 million acres of tropical wilderness—an area the size of New Jersey.

To this day, Parker's work and his passion remain a source of inspiration to a new generation of scientists. In his honor, the Cornell Lab is offering for the first time a free digital download of Parker's recordings from the "Voices of the Peruvian Rainforest" first produced as a cassette in 1985. You can access the download at www.birds.cornell.edu/TedParker. The Lab has also launched a special effort to fund shipment of Parker's bird sound guides to educators and conservationists in Latin America and the Caribbean. (http://bit.ly/18RJ8ma). Read more about Parker's life and work on the Lab's All About Birds blog


Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (607) 254-2137, pel27@cornell.edu (photo available on request)





Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...