Experience Migration

Outdoor rendering of Experience Migration

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Bird House Floor Plan

The movement of billions of birds crisscrossing the globe prompts the question: how is it possible that they complete such marathon migrations? By 2021, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House transforms into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds. Visitors will be able to step into naturalistic exhibits representing habitats of critical importance in the annual life cycles of migratory birds, including the Delaware Bay Aviary, Prairie Pothole Aviary, and a Bird Friendly Coffee Farm Aviary. At the Tracking Station, visitors will have the opportunity to help Zoo researchers who catch wild birds flying through the Zoo, measure and tag them, and track them afterward to better understand their migration patterns.