Baltimore Oriole at Bird House
April 1, 2014
An adult male Baltimore oriole is the newest addition to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House exhibit. He will serve as an ambassador to his wild cousins and teach Zoo visitors and researchers about the behaviors of this iconic species.
Micronesian Kingfisher Chick Hatches
January 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute rung in 2014 with the hatching of the most endangered species in its collection—a Micronesian kingfisher—Jan. 1.
NSF Proposal Funded
December 16, 2013
Smithsonian Migratory Research Center scientist Brandt Ryder, along with colleagues from Virginia Tech, will receive funding from the National Science Foundation for a research project "Understanding how a hormone-signaling pathway modulates behavioral phenotype within a social network".
Study to Determine Impact of Non-Native Vegetation on Chickadees
December 10, 2013
Dr. Peter Marra from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has started a new National Science Foundation-funded collaboration with Dr. Doug Tallamy, an entomologist at the University of Delaware, along with Ph.D. student Desiree Narango, to investigate how non-native plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Sara Hallager Wins 3 AZA Awards
September 23, 2013
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) awarded National Zoo’s Acting Curator of Birds Sara Hallager with three service awards at its recent national conference in Kansas City, MO.
September 19, 2013
With the help of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Socorro dove has returned home to Mexico! This spring Africam Safari, a zoo located southeast of Mexico City, celebrated the arrival of several Socorro doves, including two hatched here at the National Zoo
Young Whoopers Stay the Course When They Follow a Wise Old Bird
August 29, 2013
Working with records from a long-term effort to reintroduce critically endangered whooping cranes in the Eastern U.S., a University of Maryland-led research team found evidence that these long-lived birds learn their migration route from older cranes, and get better at it with age.