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Conservation News

Feb. 17, 2011
Since 1948, birds have been counted in winter in a 65 acre study plot in Rock Creek Park, a large forested area in Washington, D.C.
bird casually perched on a wrought iron fence
Feb. 15, 2011
With more than 20 recognized subspecies, the song sparrow is one of the most variable bird species in North America.
Feb. 01, 2011
By Barbara Watkins, Reptile Discovery Center Keeper at the National Zoo
Oct. 01, 2010
By Kate Volz, Cheetah Conservation Station Keeper at the National Zoo
Oct. 01, 2010
By Malia Somerville, Beaver Valley Keeper at the National Zoo
Sep. 27, 2010
A Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center review of more than 50 studies in regions ranging from Central and South America to Indonesia over the past 15 years demonstrates that shade-grown coffee farms far...
Sep. 14, 2010
The least flycatcher spends most of its life in the lowlands of Mexico and Central America. It is easy to overlook with its drab coloration and size. It is only 5 inches long and weighs about the...
Sep. 01, 2010
On August 30, around 10:30 p.m., the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 5-year-old female African lion Shera
Aug. 02, 2010
One of Japan's "special natural treasures" is now among the National Zoo's most valued scientific gems, after a voyage that has united two cultures in an international conservation effort.
Aug. 02, 2010
As frogs around the world continue to disappear—many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians—one critically endangered species has...
Jul. 01, 2010
By Sara Hallager, Bird House Biologist at the National Zoo
Jun. 15, 2010
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has scientists all over the world, working to conserve all sorts of threatened ecosystems: grasslands in South America, jungles in Africa, cloud forests...
Jun. 01, 2010
When you ponder the enormity of the situation we’re in: the biggest mass extinction of
May. 01, 2010
One of the loudest birds that we hear in our yards is also one of the smallest. The tiny house wren weighs only 11 grams, about the same as 2 quarters, and is a mere 4 inches long.
May. 01, 2010
Apr. 27, 2010
Shade-grown, Bird Friendly coffee is now available in five museum locations at the Smithsonian.
Apr. 01, 2010
By Stephen Schulze, Keeper at the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House
Mar. 01, 2010
By Mike Henley, Invertebrate Exhibit Keeper at the National Zoo
Dec. 27, 2009
Sales of organic, shade-grown coffee grown to the Bird Friendly standards of the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center rose to nearly $3.5 million in 2008.
A hummingbird perched on a tree branch
Nov. 14, 2009
Watch a hummingbird, and you will learn quickly what it likes to eat: nectar. The ruby-throated hummingbird, like all hummingbirds, is a nectar specialist.
Oct. 15, 2009
The San Clemente sage sparrow (Amphispiza belli clementeae) is a threatened, non-migratory subspecies endemic to San Clemente Island (SCI), which is the southernmost of the California Channel Islands.
large goose standing in water
Sep. 01, 2009
Many people are aware that both resident and migratory Canada geese (also known as Canadian geese) live in the United States and Canada. In fact, the distinction was recently made in relation to the...
Aug. 15, 2009
The eastern willet is a large migratory shorebird that, like many shorebirds, spends the non-breeding season in Central and South America and the breeding season in North America. Unlike most...
Jul. 15, 2009
The sedge wren is one of the most widespread birds in the Western Hemisphere, and yet it is one of the most poorly understood.
A small, blue and yellow bird, called a Kirtland's warbler, held in a researcher's hand
Dec. 14, 2008
Kirtland's warblers are so abundant in some parts of this ecosystem that it is hard to believe that the Kirtland's is the rarest songbird in North America, nesting almost exclusively in about 16...