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.

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Apr. 26, 2017
It has been a busy field season tracking the ecology of migratory birds down here at the long-term... read more
Apr. 21, 2017
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists have been banding migrating birds at some of the... read more

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