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


Our research was the focus of a recent article in Smithsonian Science titled "Satellite tracking helps with curlew conservation".

The article features a nifty interactive map showing several curlews migration from their wintering grounds on the Texas coast through the central United States. See screenshot below.

→ Read the article

→ More about our shorebird tracking research

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