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


Join us on Saturday, May 14 at the National Zoo to celebrate the return of migratory birds and the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. join us in front of the Elephant House for a public festival featuring:

  • bird-themed activities and crafts
  • interactive displays by conservation organizations
  • live birds of prey
  • performances of the musical theater show "Superbirds!".

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