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
Did you know that the coast of Texas is a critical spot for migratory birds in the U.S. and Canada?
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center staff journey to Mad Island, Texas annually to study songbirds returning from their tropical wintering grounds and share this experience with local schoolchildren.
Understanding these species and teaching the next generation about them is critical to their survival. Learn more in this video made possible with the support of ConocoPhillips.
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