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VISITORS: Despite the government shutdown, the Zoo is OPEN Sunday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 22. The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know. 
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Conservation News

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).
Jan. 15, 2016
Examing bird-insect differences between individual species of trees on coffee farms.
Dec. 17, 2015
Investigating how non-native plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Dec. 16, 2015
SMBC studies the endemic Island Scrub-Jay on the Channel Islands.
Nov. 30, 2015
Polar bears are arctic specialists. Unfortunately, these beloved bears face a growing threat in the form of disappearing sea ice. Our senior scientist, Dr.
Oct. 29, 2015
Smithsonian's National Zoo biologist Gil Myers journeyed
corals growing in lab
Oct. 15, 2015
All of the world
Oct. 14, 2015
Pollination study in southern Costa Rica on a coffee farm.
Oct. 13, 2015
What better way is there for students to learn about the environment than being immersed in it?
Shrike fledgling perched. Its black mask, wings, and tail are evident. The remainder of its plumage is a pale gray and white.
Oct. 13, 2015
Seven loggerhead shrikes that hatched in
cheetah cub in lawn
Sep. 30, 2015
Why is it difficult to breed cheetahs in human care?
oryx herd on slope
Sep. 30, 2015
In summer 2015, th
Aug. 05, 2015
In a sweeping paper in Biology Letters published today, Aug. 5, Smithsonian...
cat caught on a camera trap with a mouse in its mouth
Jun. 29, 2015
The phrase "tracking" usually conjures up images of biologists hacking through the bush, using footprints or radio collars to find animals.
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. 29, 2015
In a new study, SCBI's Paul Weldon and University of Tennessee at Knoxville professor Gordon Burghardt propose that...
May. 04, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
May. 01, 2015
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Jan. 26, 2015
The forests of central Africa—the Congo River basin and along the Gulf of Guinea—are some of the
Dec. 23, 2014
For the first time, SCBI geneticists have sequenced the genome of a vertebrate: A Hawaiian honeycreeper
Dec. 01, 2014
This update was written by Virginia Carter, a Smithsonian coral biologist with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology