Monitoring Meadowlark Movements

At first glance, Virginia’s farmlands seem quite peaceful. But beneath the swaying fields of hay lies a bustling ecosystem for the birds that call the grasslands home. One such avian animal—the eastern meadowlark—is key to the health of its habitat. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are monitoring meadowlark movements—all for the cause of conservation. Learn more about this study from Amy Johnson, program director of SCBI's Virginia Working Landscapes. 
Shorebirds—including sanderling and dunlin—stroll on the beaches of the Delaware Bay aviary. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute visitors will be able to see these migratory birds up close at the renovated Bird House, which will
Upon entering the Bird House, visitors will observe a towering mosaic arch decorated with parrots, toucans, songbirds and other tropical species. This artwork was originally part of the 1928 front entrance to the Bird House. Designed and fabricated by loc
A Baltimore oriole in the Bird Friendly Coffee Farm aviary.
Front profile of a male ovenbird, a small songbird with a brown back and a creamy white chest with brown streaks, sits perched on a branch.
Now Open: Visit the Renovated Bird House Exhibit
Two children play in a water table