Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Experience Migration

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is transforming its historic 1928 Bird House and surrounding plateau into an educational celebration of birds and bird migration. Experience Migration will be a first-of-its-kind zoo attraction that immerses visitors in birds' miraculous annual journeys.

At the Experience Migration Exhibit visitors will be able to:
  • Engage in hands-on opportunities and meet Zoo staff for close-up encounters with birds.
  • Learn about world-renowned pioneering research led by scientists at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
  • Join Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists as they catch, band and release birds at the Tracking Station.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring beauty, grace and power of birds in the multi-media Migration Passageway.
  • Enjoy a cup of Bird Friendly Coffee on Bird Plateau where lush landscapes attract localbirds.
  • Step into naturalistic exhibits representing habitats of critical importance in the annual life cycles of migratory birds, including:
    • Delaware Bay Aviary- One of the most important and imperiled'pit stop' of a shorebird's migratory cycle.
    • Prairie Pothole Aviary- The "Duck Factory" of North America.
    • Bird Friendly Coffee Farm Aviary- The winter home of the wood thrush and and many other migratory songbird species the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is working to save.
shorebird migration
songbird migration