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Bad Weather, Great Pictures

Tremendous snow storms in western North America have given bird photographers a chance to take some really nice photos.

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Shade-Grown Coffee Plantations

Play a key role in the conservation of migratory birds, which find a sanctuary in their forest-like environment. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100%-organic shade-grown coffee certification.

Find out what you can do to help migratory birds and promote a better environment through the "Bird Friendly®" seal of approval.


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Hummingbird hovering at flowers



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Eric T. Black sent us this Carolina Chickadee.

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Cutting Edge Research

We are a world leader in avian population ecology and behavior studies. Our long-term research program, with some studies running for over 2 decades, is focused on understanding the effects of environmental change on migratory bird populations.


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