- Unique in its exclusive focus on migratory birds and its combination
of research, education and training, and policy work, the Smithsonian
Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to fostering greater understanding,
appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration.
- Our work is proactive. Trying to save species that have been
pushed to the brink of extinction is always difficult—and often
futile. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center focuses on clarifying
the causes for declines in migratory bird populations before the
situation becomes desperate. By acting now to protect the habitats
on which these birds depend, we can avoid the need for expensive
last-ditch rescue attempts in the future.
- Our approach is interactive and interdisciplinary. The Smithsonian
Migratory Bird Center bridges the academic, policy-making, and
public worlds to coordinate efforts to protect migratory birds
and their habitats. We bring public and policy issues to bear
on our research—looking both at the way human-made changes affect
bird populations and the way bird habitat preservation will affect
human populations—and we translate our research findings into
recommendations for public and policy action.
- Our reach is international. Migratory birds do not recognize
political, cultural or economic boundaries. Collectively, they
use habitats that span the globe—so efforts to protect them must
be international in scope. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's
research, education, and policy efforts extend throughout the
Americas, to protect all the habitats that are crucial to the
annual pilgrimage of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere.