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A tenuis spawning
Jun. 30, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are working furiously to beat the bleaching clock and cryopreserve coral. But, they’ve run into a wall: bleaching is causing coral to...
Jun. 21, 2016
Tagging nearly 100 gray catbirds across their breeding range in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Springfield MA and Fort Collins CO.
Kelly and Smith with colleagues in India
Jun. 03, 2016
Zoo keeping is an ever-evolving science. That's why director Dennis Kelly and associate director of animal care sciences Brandie Smith traveled to India to collaborate, understand, and protect...
May. 26, 2016
Spring migration banding at the Clive Runnell's Mad Island Marsh Preserve.
May. 12, 2016
Examining a hormone-signaling pathway thought to underlie variation in social behavior and subsequent network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin.
Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they...
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
Jan. 15, 2016
Examing bird-insect differences between individual species of trees on coffee farms.
Dec. 17, 2015
Investigating how non-native plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Dec. 16, 2015
SMBC studies the endemic Island Scrub-Jay on the Channel Islands.
Nov. 30, 2015
Polar bears are arctic specialists. Unfortunately, these beloved bears face a growing threat in the form of disappearing sea ice. Our senior scientist, Dr.
Oct. 29, 2015
Smithsonian's National Zoo biologist Gil Myers journeyed
corals growing in lab
Oct. 15, 2015
All of the world
Oct. 14, 2015
Pollination study in southern Costa Rica on a coffee farm.
Shrike fledgling perched. Its black mask, wings, and tail are evident. The remainder of its plumage is a pale gray and white.
Oct. 13, 2015
Seven loggerhead shrikes that hatched in
Oct. 13, 2015
What better way is there for students to learn about the environment than being immersed in it?
cheetah cub in lawn
Sep. 30, 2015
Why is it difficult to breed cheetahs in human care?
oryx herd on slope
Sep. 30, 2015
In summer 2015, th
Aug. 05, 2015
In a sweeping paper in Biology Letters published today, Aug. 5, Smithsonian...
cat caught on a camera trap with a mouse in its mouth
Jun. 29, 2015
The phrase "tracking" usually conjures up images of biologists hacking through the bush, using footprints or radio collars to find animals.
Jun. 18, 2015
Migratory shorebird study at North Padre Island, Texas; a major stop-over and winter destination for many birds.
Jun. 10, 2015
For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center have tracked small migratory ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) to their tropical wintering...
May. 29, 2015
In a new study, SCBI's Paul Weldon and University of Tennessee at Knoxville professor Gordon Burghardt propose that...
May. 04, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.