The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to understanding, conserving and championing the grand phenomenon of bird migration. Founded in 1991, we are located at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. → Join our Center


The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be at the Autumn Conservation Festival in Front Royal, Virginia, on October 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come say 'hi!'

We'll be banding birds during the peak of migration so this is an excellent opportunity for you to see, and photograph, some neotropical migratory birds, such as warblers, tanagers, and thrushes, close up.

There will also be activities for children and families. This beautiful site is only open to the public once a year. Don't miss this opportunity!

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