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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be participating this fall in the Autumn Conservation Festival in Front Royal, VA.

Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoological Park in Front Royal, Virginia,  Name: National Zoological Park (U.S.), Conservation Biology Institute (National Zoological Park),  Date: 1980s

Starting at 10 a.m., ornithologists will be opening their mist-nets and catching local and migratory birds as part of a demonstration for the public.

Banding and bird mensuration techniques will be explained to share how we as ornithologists collect data on the many of wonderful bird species we are fortunate to see in this part of the country.

The nets will be closed around noon, and throughout the day we will have a table of goodies for the public to view and learn about birds and bird ecology, including feathers, study skins, bones, and skeletons.

Folks can chat with a Smithsonian ornithologist and learn more about our research going on at the SMBC each day until 3 p.m.

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