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. → Join our Center
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, thanks to a grant from ConocoPhillips, is advancing the conservation and understanding of birds throughout their full life cycle.
Our first expedition for this project will be at the end of October to North Padre Island, Texas; a major stop-over and winter destination for many migratory shorebird species.
We will deploy satellite transmitters on 4 species of migratory shorebirds: Long-billed Curlews, Black-bellied Plovers, Marbled Godwits, and Red Knots.
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.
Don't Mess with Texas…Beaches