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Migratory Birds News

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.
A blue and white bird, called a cerulean warbler, being held in a researcher's hand
Jul. 19, 2016
Surveys have been conducted at Hubbard Brook since 1999 to better understand how birds respond to a changing environment.
A small gray bird, called a gray catbird, standing on a rock
Jun. 21, 2016
Tagging nearly 100 gray catbirds across their breeding range in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Springfield MA and Fort Collins CO.
May. 26, 2016
Spring migration banding at the Clive Runnell's Mad Island Marsh Preserve.
a brightly-colored tropical bird, called a wire-tailed manakin, perched on a branch
May. 12, 2016
Examining a hormone-signaling pathway thought to underlie variation in social behavior and subsequent network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin.
Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they...
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
A shade coffee farm in Honduras
Jan. 15, 2016
Examing bird-insect differences between individual species of trees on coffee farms.
Dec. 17, 2015
Investigating how nonnative plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Dec. 16, 2015
SMBC studies the endemic Island Scrub-Jay on the Channel Islands.
Oct. 14, 2015
Pollination study in southern Costa Rica on a coffee farm.
Aug. 05, 2015
In a sweeping paper in Biology Letters published today, Aug. 5, Smithsonian...
A long-billed curlew flying over a body of water with green hills in the background
Jun. 18, 2015
Migratory shorebird study at North Padre Island, Texas; a major stop-over and winter destination for many birds.
Jun. 10, 2015
For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center have tracked small migratory ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) to their tropical wintering...
May. 04, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
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...
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.
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
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.
sparrows
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating?