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Migratory Birds News

Jun. 21, 2018
Smithsonian Bird Friendly® coffee was the big winner at a recent online charity auction.
A blue and white bird, called a cerulean warbler, being held in a researcher's hand
May. 10, 2018
In Texas, a team of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists is studying birds that travel through the Gulf of Mexico.
A small, gray-brown and white bird, called a Louisiana waterthrush, being held in a researcher's hand
Apr. 27, 2018
In March, a team of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists traveled to Texas to begin their annual study of birds that travel through the Gulf of Mexico.
Brown pelican sitting on nest in the Chesapeake Bay.
Apr. 20, 2018
Brown pelicans are a favorite of visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail exhibit. Yet, many zoogoers may not realize that these marine birds call the Chesapeake Bay home. Last...
Apr. 12, 2018
SMBC Director Pete Marra is the recipient of the American Ornithological Society’s prestigious Elliott Coues Award in recognition of his outstanding and innovative ornithological research.
A dark gray bird with red eyes and an orange and black beak, called a snail kite, wearing a GPS satellite tracker on its back
Mar. 14, 2018
In November 2017, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center postdoctoral fellow Alex Jahn traveled to southern Brazil to study the migration of snail kites with Brazilian colleagues at Taim Ecological...
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 small, blue and yellow bird, called a Kirtland's warbler, held in a researcher's hand
Jul. 31, 2017
Following endangered Kirtland's warblers from Michigan to the Bahamas.
Two brown pelicans. One sits on a nest and the second spreads its wings.
Jul. 19, 2017
On July 11, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientist Autumn-Lynn Harrison set out to deploy GPS tags on the Chesapeake Bay’s brown pelicans to track their migrations and better understand the ...
Island scrub-jay. Photo courtesy of Cameron Ghalambor.
Jul. 13, 2017
The island scrub-jay, a songbird endemic to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of southern California, has made headlines in recent years for bucking evolutionary and biological trends—and is at it...
Gray catbird. Photo courtesy of Dan Vickers.
Jun. 30, 2017
Fitted with a GPS device the weight of a paperclip, a gray catbird in the Washington, D.C., area flies south, unaware that the device records its every move. That data is key for conservation...
Gulf Coast Migratory Bird Study
Jun. 02, 2017
Neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of night can stop a songbird’s migration. Crossing the Gulf of Mexico, a popular stopover site, can take a 24 hour non-stop flight. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center...
A painted bunting bird perched on someone's hand
May. 09, 2017
2017 Mad Island field season is underway for Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists at the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve!
A painted bunting bird in someone's hand
May. 03, 2017
The period of a migratory bird’s annual cycle thought to be the most perilous—its twice-annual journeys over oceans and inhospitable landscapes—is also the least understood. A new collaborative study...
American redstart
Apr. 26, 2017
A dedicated crew of volunteers and leaders collectively working on three species: the American redstart (the long-term focal species here in Jamaica), ovenbirds and Swainson's warblers.
Sierra Nevada mountains
Apr. 14, 2017
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia hosts incredible biodiversity, high concentration of endemic species and serves as an important point for migratory bird species as a stopover site and as...
A student participates in a scavenger hunt.
Mar. 31, 2017
Where do migratory birds go when they head south for the winter? To find out, students in the United States are partnering with classmates in Latin America as part of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird...
aerial view of the buildings at SCBI
Mar. 23, 2017
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is excited to be offering its popular course: ...
A blue and yellow bird, called a Kirtland's warbler, perched on a pine tree branch
Mar. 02, 2017
Using new and minute technology, Smithsonian scientists have, for the first time ever, tracked one of North America’s rarest birds―the Kirtland’s warbler―throughout its full annual cycle, revealing...
Feb. 15, 2017
Meet Bird Friendly coffee producers.
heron on railing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Feb. 10, 2017
Attaching transmitters to wild black-crowned night herons that nest at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House.
Jan. 12, 2017
Tracking pacific loons from two breeding populations in Alaska.