The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is passionate about helping the public understand the wonders of migratory birds.
The Bridging the Americas program connects second- through fourth-graders in the U.S. with students in Latin America through the migratory birds that fly between their nations. More than 30,000 students from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the British Virgin Islands and Ecuador have participated since 1993. SMBC offers an extensive collection of resources for K-12 teachers and fun activities for kids. Many resources are also available in Spanish, because many birds travel to Spanish-speaking countries.
SMBC has also put a twist on its citizen science program, Neighborhood Nestwatch, bringing it to underserved schools in cities. Through Urban Nestwatch, students learn about birds around their school while helping scientists collect data about birds in urban environments.
The SMBC team engages the broader public through annual events, such as International Migratory Bird Day, as well as through membership in the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club and by producing print and online publications.
Did you know some migratory birds fly more than 10,000 miles one way? Learn what propels these migrants each year, as well as specific issues threatening their long-term survival, in this Neotropical Migratory Bird FAQ.