When the Bird House reopens in spring 2022, our migratory songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl will find themselves in three beautiful, free-flight aviaries that mimic their natural ecosystems: the prairie pothole, a bird friendly coffee farm and the shores of the Delaware Bay. While the renovation of those expansive exhibits is underway, most of our birds are being cared for behind the scenes.
Why is the Smithsonian’s National Zoo bringing migratory birds under its wing? Simply put, they need our help. More than one-third of North America’s birds are at risk of going extinct unless we take significant conservation action.
Few facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums exhibit native songbirds, shorebirds or waterfowl. Our team is paving the way and, quite literally, writing the book on everything these birds need to not only survive but also thrive in a zoo setting—everything from determining diets to setting the scene for breeding.