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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, thanks to a grant from ConocoPhillips, is advancing the conservation and understanding of birds throughout their full life cycle.

Long-billed Curlews by Eric Rosenberg

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.

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New Science

Recent publications in the scientific literature.

Modeling Three-Dimensional Space Use

State of the Birds 2014

Expedition Blogs

First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.

Night Heron Video

Trip Preparations


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