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

Oct. 13, 2017
For the first time ever, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center has... read more
Sep. 06, 2017
What happens when a migratory bird’s path lands it right in an urban area like Washington, D.C.?... read more

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Bird Friendly Coffee

A fig tree and other greenery

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

Experience Migration

By 2020, the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds.