National Zoo scientists' studies of birds begins at the Zoo and takes them around the world to help ensure that we know what birds and their habitats need to survive in the modern world.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to understanding, conserving and championing the grand phenomenon of bird migration. Founded in 1991, we are located at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
They seek to clarify why migratory bird populations are declining before the situation becomes desperate. Our programs help raise awareness about migratory birds and the need to protect diverse habitats across the Western Hemisphere.
Guam's birds have been decimated, and some have gone extinct, thanks to the inadvertent introduction of the brown tree snakes to their island home. Efforts are ongoing to reintroduce captive-born rails and to increase the size and success of the captive breeding program for the kingfishers.
Sara Hallager is studying kori bustards, large predatory birds native to sub-Saharan Africa, to improve reproduction in these birds in zoos.