Migratory Bird Center School Programs

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is passionate about helping students of all ages appreciate the wonders of migratory birds.
September 15, 2022

Bird Migration Explorer Launches

The Bird Migration Explorer, a state-of-the-art digital platform, allows users to see the most complete data collected on migratory species in their neighborhoods and where those birds go throughout the...

Texas Gulf Coast Schools Outreach

Students visit researchers in the field to learn firsthand about bird migration, science and Gulf Coast ecosystems.

GMU-SI Bird Course

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Please note: This course is not currently being offered due to COVID-19 precautions.

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Led by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, this course teaches the most current methods in the research of migratory birds, including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods (e.g. mist-netting, banding, tissue sampling, stable isotope geochemistry, geolocators and radio telemetry), data analysis (including distance sampling and mark-recapture

UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program

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The UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program is a collaboration between the University of California. Santa Barbara and the Smithsonian Institution. This program offers underrepresented undergraduate students from UCSB and local community colleges a full year of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and opportunities, including guest speakers, internships, a four-day workshop on Santa Cruz Island and a two-week travel program to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Students can apply for internships on Smithsonian research projects, where they assist

Follow That Bird!

In this middle school science and technology unit, students investigate the latest bird tracking devices and explore tracking data collected by Smithsonian scientists to better understand and protect migratory birds.

Bridging the Americas / Unidos por las aves

Students in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. connect with students in Latin America through shared migratory birds.

Unidos por las Aves

Un programa intercultural de educación ambiental que vincula a clases de escuela primaria de los Estados Unidos con clases en Latinoamérica por medio del intercambio de dibujos, cartas y otros materiales centrados en las aves migratorias neotropicales.