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Smithsonian's National Zoo Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with Family Events May 7 and 9

WHAT:The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.


WHEN:Thursday, May 7

6 p.m.

Douglas Tallamy book signing and presentation


Saturday, May 9

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family Festival


WHERE:The Douglas Tallamy event will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium.


The Family Festival will take place at the Bird House.


WHO: Douglas Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, University ofDelaware

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists

Bird House animal care staff


In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two free events where Zoo visitors can learn about birds and ways to support bird conservation efforts. These events, collectively known as Bird Fest 2015, celebrate the springtime return of millions of birds that winter in Latin America and the Caribbean. The theme of this year's event is “Restore Habitats, Restore Birds.”


On May 7, author and professor of entomology and wildlife ecology Douglas Tallamy will present on the importance of biodiversity, food webs and the relationship between plants and animals.

Dr. Tallamy's presentation will be preceded by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. To register, email the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at


On May 9, Family Festival at the Bird House will include keeper talks, animal demonstrations, and games and crafts for kids. Surrounding the Bird House will be interactive displays where visitors can speak to bird experts and scientists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, District Department of the Environment, National Audubon Society and City Wildlife.

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Media Only: If planning to attend, RSVP to or call 202-633-3055.