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Migratory Bird Center

Dedicated to understanding, conserving and championing the grand phenomenon of bird migration
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Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to understanding, conserving and championing the grand phenomenon of bird migration. Founded in 1991, and located at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., SMBC scientists seek to clarify why migratory bird populations are declining before the situation becomes desperate. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center programs help raise awareness about migratory birds and the need to protect diverse habitats across the Western Hemisphere.

Center News

May. 09, 2017
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists have been banding migrating birds at some of the... read more
May. 03, 2017
The period of a migratory bird’s annual cycle thought to be the most perilous—its twice-annual... read more


Get Involved

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Your participation is essential to help migratory birds overcome the many challenges they face. There are many ways to get involved and be bird friendly.

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club

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SMBC members are invited to local and regional bird walks and field trips with a Smithsonian ornithologist and bird-themed lectures. Members also receive the Smithsonian Flyer e-newsletter, and more.

Bird Friendly Coffee

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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available: Bird Friendly.