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Did you know that the coast of Texas is a critical spot for migratory birds in the U.S. and Canada?

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center staff journey to Mad Island, Texas annually to study songbirds returning from their tropical wintering grounds and share this experience with local schoolchildren.

Understanding these species and teaching the next generation about them is critical to their survival. Learn more in this video made possible with the support of ConocoPhillips.

→ Find out more about our research at Mad Island

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