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


The research and focus of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center spans the globe.

map showing research sites around the world

Check out our brand new interactive story map by following the link below.

Find out about our long term research projects in Jamaica, New Hampshire, Texas, California, Ecuador, and more.

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Expedition Blogs

First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.

Kirtland's Warbler Study

Tagging Black-crowned Night-Herons


Bird Photo Gallery