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The coast on the island of Curaçao

Connecting Ocean Conservation from Sea to Sky

June 7th, 2021, 4:46PM
A 17-year Brood X cicada.

Will 17-year Cicadas Be a Buffet or Big Disturbance for Birds?

May 20th, 2021, 8:21AM
Common yellowthroats, like the one pictured here, spend their winters in coffee growing regions in Latin America.

Birders Want You to Rethink Your Morning Roast

May 5th, 2021, 9:30AM
A female ruby-throated hummingbird sips nectar from a flower.

How Do You Weigh a Hummingbird?

March 9th, 2021, 9:53AM
A sanderling, Aldrin, is one of the shorebirds being cared for by the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House team.

Is the Secret to Saving Migratory Birds in the Meal Prep?

December 17th, 2020, 9:42AM
Tasi is a 4-year-old Guam rail and a marvel, considering that just a few decades ago his species nearly disappeared.
The Peruvian tern's desert camouflage makes it almost impossible to track, but that’s exactly what our research team set out to do. It would take us four months to survey more than 1,851 acres for the bird, battling sandstorms, stifling heat and impossible landscapes inside Paracas National Reserve — terrain that the tern has mastered.

Searching for the Invisible, Invincible Peruvian Tern

November 5th, 2020, 9:30AM
A 28-day-old female Guam kingfisher chick at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Raising One of the World's Rarest Birds

September 29th, 2020, 10:36AM
A 41-day-old Guam kingfisher chick at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. With fewer than 140 Guam kingfishers left in the world, all living in human care, every chick is precious.

Growing Up Guam Kingfisher

August 25th, 2020, 10:20AM
Animu and Giha’s male Guam kingfisher chick at 23 days old.