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

Apr. 20, 2018
Brown pelicans are a favorite of visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail... read more
Apr. 12, 2018
Pete Marra, director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, is the recipient of the American... read more

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