Experience the phenomenon of migration at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s Wildlife Migration Day on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This free event features fun, hands-on activities for kids of all ages, as well as live music, bird banding demonstrations and opportunities to talk to scientists who study wildlife migration. Learn about the animals that make incredible journeys and some of the challenges they face along the way.
Games, Activities and Education Stations
Bird Friendly Coffee
How can the coffee you sip help protect migratory birds and other animals that share their homes? Find out as you sample Bird Friendly coffee from local roaster Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company.
Test your bird-watching skills in this bird identification game. Can you find all of the bird cutouts hidden around the station?
City Wildlife cares for D.C.’s injured, sick and orphaned wildlife — half of which are birds. Create window decals that can help prevent bird strikes, keeping these flying friends safe year-round.
Corazon Latino is a nonprofit organization that fosters natural resource stewardship. Make a nature-themed craft and check out bilingual demonstrations of eBird or iNaturalist, two digital apps for citizen scientists.
Department of Defense – Natural Resources Program
Learn about migration pathways and animal habitats while you play hopscotch!
Earth Conservation Corps
Meet live birds of prey (called raptors), such as the Eurasian eagle owl, Harris hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel or eastern screech owl. Then, play games to learn more about the raptors found right here in D.C.
Environment for the Americas
Birds can get entangled in discarded fishing gear or mistakenly eat plastics that are floating in the water. Get involved in bird conservation and find out how you can be the solution to plastic pollution!
Migration Navigation Challenge
Twice a year, billions migratory species travel between their summer homes and their winter homes. Embark on the Migration Navigation Challenge, as you move from station to station to discover what this journey can be like for wood thrush, salmon or loggerhead sea turtles!
Migratory Animal Olympics
Discover some of the amazing abilities and traits of migratory animals. Then, see how you compare.
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Are you a butterfly expert? Find out with a game of monarch migration trivia, and learn how and why these butterflies travel thousands of miles each year.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Tracking animals on land is one thing, but what about animals that live in the sea? Find out how researchers track sharks.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Bird banding — capturing a wild bird and putting small, colored bands on its legs — is a tool researchers use to study and identify birds in the wild. Watch a bird banding demonstration, and play a game of migratory bird trivia.
Some ocean animals migrate, too! Check out a turtle excluder device, a tool that helps sea turtles escape when they get caught in fishing nets. Learn about Seafood Watch, a program that can help you choose sustainable seafood. Find out how long it takes for trash to decompose and learn how you can pack a sustainable lunch.
Tracking Animal Movement
From tiny radio tags for birds to GPS collars for elephants, scientists use many types of technology to track animal movement. This is your chance to see and touch tracking devices of all shapes and sizes.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Color a picture to take home, or play a game to see how many birds you can identify.
Virginia Working Landscapes
Find out how scientists learn about the movement of Virginia’s local wildlife, including coyotes and meadowlarks.
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Head to Pachyderm Plaza to enjoy the musical stylings of Ewabo Duo, a Caribbean calypso band. This style of music originated in an important overwintering site for many migratory birds who spend their spring and summer in the United States and Canada!
Between musical sets, take part in trivia and games.