The red siskin is endangered largely due to the pet trade and habitat loss. Animal keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are creating a breeding program for red siskins and will eventually reintroduce them to the wild.
In the meantime, they are learning all they can about the species. That ranges from developing the best diet to caring for chicks.
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There is only one wild black-crowned night heron colony in Washington, D.C., and it’s at @SmithsonianZoo. The black-crowned night herons have been nesting here since before the Zoo was built in 1889.
Until a few years ago, scientists did not know where the birds lived in the winter. When they started tracking birds with GPS tags, they learned some go to Florida, some go to Cuba, and this year for the first time, a bird was tracked to Nicaragua.
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With tracking devices that weigh half a gram, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists have tracked Kirtland’s warblers for an entire year.
They learned about their migration routes, the timing of their departures and arrivals, their stopover sites and the duration of the migrations. On average, the birds travelled 1,700 miles in just 16 days.
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