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A black-and-white warbler perched on a tree branch
Jan. 31, 2018
A cup of coffee can do more than provide a wake-up boost. Consumer choices can help or hinder the survival of migratory bird species. Get the scoop on how Bird Friendly® coffee helps wildlife.
a flock of birds flies over beach waves
Nov. 22, 2017
With a new statistical tool from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, researchers can take data and better understand the strength of migratory connectivity—whether and when populations spread out...
Brown Pelican
Oct. 13, 2017
For the first time ever, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center has teamed up with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to track the migration of brown...
A gray catbird in a researchers hand. It has colored bands around its ankles.
Sep. 06, 2017
What happens when a migratory bird’s path lands it right in an urban area like Washington, D.C.? Can the city's parks support wild birds through the breeding season, and how do their behaviors change...
a researcher releasing a migratory bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1998
The word pesticide is a catch-all term for chemicals that kill or control anything that humans have deemed to be a pest. Such chemicals can be grouped according to the kind of organism targeted, such...
a researcher releasing a migratory bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1997
Imagine you have been travelling in your car for hours. You are hungry, thirsty, tired, and need to stop soon for a break.
a researcher releasing a bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1997
When we think about birds migrating to the tropics, we often focus on nearby areas such as Mexico and the Caribbean. However, each fall, millions of songbirds migrate from North America to their...
a researcher releasing a bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1996
Flight affords the utmost in mobility and has made possible the evolution of avian migration as a means of exploiting distant food resources and avoiding the physiological stress associated with cold...
a researcher releasing a bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1996
Imagine. It is dark and you have been traveling at an altitude of 5,000 feet for eight hours over arid desert, crossing the Mexican border at midnight. You have been flying on your own two wings,...
a researcher releasing a bird on a beach
Jan. 01, 1995
Several species of insects including the Western Spruce Budworm, Gypsy Moth, Western Pine Beetle, and the Eastern Spruce Budworm experience population cycles in which populations remain low for...