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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be participating this Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, at the Autumn Conservation Festival in bucolic Front Royal, Virginia.
Starting at 10 a.m., ornithologists will be opening mist-nets and catching local and migratory birds as part of a demonstration for the public.
Banding and bird mensuration techniques will be explained to share how ornithologists collect data on the many of wonderful bird species fortunate to be seen in this part of the country.
The nets will be closed around noon, and throughout the day we will be have a table of goodies for the public to view and learn about birds and bird ecology, including feathers, study skins, bones, and skeletons.
Folks can chat with a Smithsonian ornithologist and learn more about our research going on at the SMBC each day until 3 p.m.
Recent publications in the scientific literature.
Modeling Three-Dimensional Space Use
State of the Birds 2014
First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.
Kirtland's Warbler Study
Tagging Black-crowned Night-Herons