Throughout its history, the Smithsonian Institution has played a role of paramount importance in the development of ornithology in North America. Across the Institution, ornithologists carry out important work on the basic biology and conservation of birds all over the world.
Renowned scholarly expertise, field work, archives, and a global network provide the Smithsonian with both unique qualifications and an imperative to establish a more integrated research program and train the next generation of avian biologists.
In addition, synthesis and analysis will provide the public and decision-makers with exciting and well-researched information about birds and their habitats through a variety of communication venues.
Smithsonian Ornithology is an extraordinary educational resource and reference for the general and bird-loving public, offering a touchstone for bird interests at all levels, and creating a platform upon which a community of "bird constituents" can be developed.
“I took much pleasure in watching the habits of birds, and even made notes on the subject. In my simplicity I remember wondering why every gentleman did not become an ornithologist.”