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Conservation News

Sep. 09, 2014
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation's top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive...
Jul. 03, 2014
How do you keep one of
Coffee berries and green leaves on a tree branch
Apr. 04, 2014
How mammals use coffee landscapes and what parameters are important to enhance their habitat.
Apr. 01, 2014
Camera traps are scientists’ eyes in the wild–and SCBI scienti
Jan. 15, 2014
By Sarah Putman, SCBI Scientist  “No, we don’t know if the panda is pregnant.”
elephant with collar around neck
Dec. 06, 2013
Unlocking the mysteries of animal migration through precise, near real-time tracking can solve major conservation challenges and transform wildlife science worldwide.
Dec. 02, 2013
Press conference announcing the Partners in the Sky partnership
Dec. 01, 2013
For more than 50 years, Smithsonian scientists collected and stored frozen biomaterials (such as DNA, tissues, germplasm) from a vast array of animal and plant species.
Sep. 01, 2013
By Matt Neff, Animal Keeper at the Zoo’s Rep
tall bird with long neck and beak
Aug. 29, 2013
Scientists have studied bird migration for centuries, but it remains one of nature's great mysteries.
Aug. 01, 2013
Twenty-seven million years before the
May. 21, 2013
By Pierre Comizzoli, SCB
Mar. 01, 2013
In 2008 the Smithsonian, along wit
Feb. 27, 2013
In addition to the research Zoo scientists and their Chinese colleagues conduct on giant pandas, they also study red pandas. In this update Dr.
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating?
Jan. 18, 2013
One of the biggest questions scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) were working hand-in-hand with their colleagues in China to understand in the late 1990s was: why are...
Nov. 14, 2012
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and collaborators have found that the island scrub-jay's population on Santa Cruz Island—its only habitat—is significantly smaller than...
Nov. 13, 2012
For clouded leopards, home is where the heig
Nov. 02, 2012
Every year more than 4 million people enjoy the popular Appalachian Trail, which extends from Maine to Georgia and is surrounded by forests as well as agricultural and residential development.
Nov. 01, 2012
By Virginia Carter, SCBI Researcher