Jun. 11, 2012
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems.
Apr. 13, 2012
Human-Modified Habitats Indirectly Influence Bird-Mating Patterns, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Scientists Find
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.
Mar. 07, 2012
Scientists working to promote conservation
Feb. 01, 2012
By Lauren Augustine, Reptile Dis
Jan. 01, 2012
By Erin Stromberg, Great Ape Keeper at the National Zoo
Dec. 27, 2011
Smithsonian Scientists Discover That Urban Songbirds Adjust Their Melodies to Adapt to Various Elements of City Life
Cities tend to be noisy places.
Dec. 01, 2011
Imagine measuring the tail of a squirmy, inch-long tadpole. Now imagine doing that where the air is thin enough to make you dizzy, a hail storm is about to start and you just spent 45 minutes up to...
Nov. 01, 2011
Oct. 20, 2011
Using one of the largest D
Jul. 27, 2011
Birds use their bills largely to forage and eat, and these behaviors strongly influence the shape and size of a bird’s bill.
Jul. 01, 2011
May. 01, 2011
By Jason Gue, Elephant Keeper at the National Zoo
Apr. 14, 2011
Many people may have heard or recognize the, teacher teacher teacher teacher song of the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) as they walk through forested areas in North America during the spring and...
Mar. 27, 2011
Rainfall can be disruptive.
Mar. 27, 2011
Smithsonian Scientists Find that, for Birds, the Suburbs May Not Be an Ideal Place to Raise a Family
There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end.
Mar. 01, 2011
Perhaps no bird species in North American elicits a more emotional response from birders and researchers alike than the brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater; hereafter: cowbirds).
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.
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
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...