Understanding Seasonal Interactions in Migratory Birds Engaging the Public in Science: Neighborhood Nestwatch Finding Creative Conservation Solutions: Bird Friendly Coffee Identifying the Migratory Connectivity for the Birds of North America Monitoring the Long-term Effects of Climate Change Connecting Classes in the US and Latin America: Bridging the Americas Studying Birds Throughout the Annual Cycle Fostering Environmental Literacy in Urban Youth: Urban Nestwatch
  • Understanding Seasonal Interactions in Migratory Birds
  • Engaging the Public in Science: Neighborhood Nestwatch
  • Finding Creative Conservation Solutions: Bird Friendly Coffee
  • Identifying the Migratory Connectivity for the Birds of North America
  • Monitoring the Long-term Effects of Climate Change
  • Connecting Classes in the US and Latin America: Bridging the Americas
  • Studying Birds Throughout the Annual Cycle
  • Fostering Environmental Literacy in Urban Youth: Urban Nestwatch
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Spotlight

During the early morning of July 7, 2014 scientists caught 6 black-crowned night-herons at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, weighed them, took a feather sample for DNA testing, tagged them, attached backpack-like transmitters to them, and released them.

The night heron rookery at the zoo is the only one in Washington, D.C. The birds arrive in March and depart in August and September. No one knows where they go.

The transmitters will allow scientists to follow them in their journeys south and to understand their migratory challenges.

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