About the Event

Get an up-close look at exotic birds soaring overhead in this free, limited-run avian spectacular at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Join renowned bird behaviorist Phung Luu for a dazzling display of natural behaviors by his flock of exotic birds — from owls and falcons to macaws, ravens and cockatoos — performing six days a week.

Birds in Flight takes place at the Bird Plateau near the Bird House, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays (no shows on Tuesdays), May 26 through Sept. 4. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

When

May 26 - Sept. 4, 2023
Performing six days per week (no shows on Tuesdays)

Times

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Event Schedule

Talks and demonstrations will be held on a rolling time frame throughout the day (check the Zoo Map for details.)

Bird House

Watch a wild bird banding demonstration, learn about wildlife tracking technology, sample bird-friendly coffee and discover how to seek out birds in your backyard. 

Elephant Community Center

Kids can play educational games while adults find out how population management, conservation ecology and genetic science are being used by Zoo researchers to save animal species all over the world.

Auditorium (inside the Visitor Center)

Join Smithsonian scientists for live demonstrations of cryopreservation techniques! Watch as scientists freeze and rethaw genetic samples, a critically important technique used to bolster populations of threatened species.

Also, a rotating list of short films highlighting Smithsonian scientists’ conservation work will be screened throughout the day.

Great Meadow (located near the Great Ape House)

Discover how Smithsonian scientists are using cutting-edge conservation science to save wildlife in their native habitats and promote animal health at the Zoo.

Pollinator Garden (behind the Reptile Discovery Center)

Learn how experts from Virginia Working Landscapes use modern conservation practices to reshape the farming industry and save local wildlife.

A rotating list of short films highlight Smithsonian scientists’ conservation work around the world.

All films will be shown in the auditorium of the Visitors Center (check the Zoo Map for details.)

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

  • How the black-footed ferret is making a comeback from the brink of extinction | PBS Newshour

10:15 a.m. - 10:31 a.m.

  • Frogs Are Going Extinct – Here's How We Can Save Them | WILD HOPE

10:36 a.m. - 10:46 a.m.

  • Spawning Hope

10:51 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • LIVE - Cryopreservation Demonstration (not a movie)

11:35 a.m. - noon

  • Reconnecta

12:05 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.

  •  Café Y Aves

12:25 p.m. - 12:41 p.m.

  • The Return of Swift Fox

12:46 p.m. - 12:52 p.m.

  • Tracking Elephants

12:57 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

  • Grass Roots | Virginia Working Landscapes

1:15 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. 

  • How the black-footed ferret is making a comeback from the brink of extinction | PBS Newshour

1:30 p.m. - 1:46 p.m.

  • Frogs Are Going Extinct – Here's How We Can Save Them | WILD HOPE

1:51 p.m. - 2:01 p.m.

  • Spawning Hope

2:01 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

  • LIVE - Cryopreservation Demonstration (not a movie)

2:45 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 

  • Reconnecta

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Café Y Aves

3:35 p.m. - 3:51 p.m.

  • The Return of Swift Fox

3:56 p.m. - 4:02 p.m.

  • Tracking Elephants