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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center received a grant from Disney's Worldwide Conservation Fund to investigate which kinds of trees have the most insect diversity in shaded coffee plantations.

Larger Spotted Beach Leaf Edge Caterpillar, study for book Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom,  Name: Thayer, Emma Beach, Thayer, Gerald H.

Trees with the most insects may also be the most friendly to birds. Many birds nest in North America and overwinter in the tropics, often in coffee farms that have an overstory of shade trees.

Our scientists will work with Dr. Doug Tallamy, an University of Delaware entomologist, on the research project in Nicaragua beginning in November, 2014.

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New Science

Recent publications in the scientific literature.

Modeling Three-Dimensional Space Use

State of the Birds 2014

Expedition Blogs

First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.

Shorebird Tracking in Texas

Kirtland's Warbler Study


Bird Photo Gallery