The Smithsonian's National Zoo’s International Migratory Bird Day festival features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the name of bird conservation. This event will be held rain or shine.
Check back later for 2018 details! Last year's festivities included:
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Learn about the wildlife in your backyard and see science in action at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s bird-banding station! Throughout the event, SMBC scientists will be banding local resident and migratory birds, just as they would when conducting research in the field. See, hear and learn about these amazing creatures from the scientists who study them!
Stop by the Bird-Friendly Coffee station to discover how the coffee you sip could help protect migratory birds and their homes, along with many other vital species. Find out more about the Smithsonian’s bird-friendly coffee certification program and what's next for the Zoo's Bird House as it transforms into Experience Migration.
Learn how the plants in your backyard can help provide habitat and food for migrating birds at the Nature Play station. Then, get your hands dirty, as you create your own “seed bomb” to take home and plant in your own backyard or community garden!
Audubon Society of the District of Columbia
The Audubon Society of the District of Columbia is an all-volunteer organization devoted to fostering the conservation and enjoyment of birds and other wildlife in Washington, D.C. Discover some of D.C.’s best birding locations, find out about free bird walks in your community and learn the songs of local birds at this station!
City Wildlife is the District’s only organization that cares for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, 50 percent of which are birds. At this station, you can find out more about how to access care for birds in need, and how you can help protect migratory birds at home through the Lights Out campaign.
Environment for the Americas
Get involved in bird conservation at the Environment for the Americas station! Mark your promises to help protect birds on the conservation growth chart, or learn how to prevent window strikes in your home. Be sure to pick up a migratory bird-themed sticker or temporary tattoo while you are there!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Migratory Birds
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program works with partners like the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to protect, restore and conserve bird populations and their habitats. At this station, you can learn about migratory birds and their habitats, as you take part in a bird migration game and find out about local bird watching opportunities near you.
Rock Creek Songbirds
Migratory birds connect Washington’s large Latino community to the city’s natural history, and the phenomenon of migration brings to light the fact that the people of the Americas are united in a common ecological future. Help welcome migratory birds back to the D.C. region by signing the “Welcome Back Songbirds” banner, or take part in the migratory geography challenge at this station!
More Games and Activities
Great Migration Challenge
Twice a year, billions of migratory birds must travel many miles between their summer homes in North America and their winter homes in Latin America. Embark on the Great Migration Challenge, and discover what this journey can be like for species like Baltimore orioles and wood thrush!
Bird watching can be a fun hobby for kids and adults alike. Test your bird-watching skills with Bird Quest, the bird identification game where you will be challenged to find all of the birds hidden around the station.
How do you measure up to a turkey vulture, marabou stork or Carolina chickadee? Find out at th Avian Olympics station, where you can discover some of the amazing abilities and traits of birds, and see how you compare.
This event will be held rain or shine.