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The world we’ve created for birds is a gauntlet of death. This infographic, based on Smithsonian research included in the just released State of the Birds report, shows how our actions impact their population numbers. The report’s release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions but was hunted to extinction. The report is the most comprehensive look at U.S. birds and the news isn’t great: 228 birds species are currently at risk of extinction. But the good news is that we can fix it. The report indicates that many species have rebounded with dedicated conservation efforts. Read our summary or the full report. 
The world we’ve created for birds is a gauntlet of death. This infographic, based on Smithsonian research included in the just released State of the Birds report, shows how our actions impact their population numbers. The report’s release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions but was hunted to extinction. The report is the most comprehensive look at U.S. birds and the news isn’t great: 228 birds species are currently at risk of extinction. But the good news is that we can fix it. The report indicates that many species have rebounded with dedicated conservation efforts. Read our summary or the full report. 

The world we’ve created for birds is a gauntlet of death. This infographic, based on Smithsonian research included in the just released State of the Birds report, shows how our actions impact their population numbers. The report’s release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions but was hunted to extinction.

The report is the most comprehensive look at U.S. birds and the news isn’t great: 228 birds species are currently at risk of extinction. But the good news is that we can fix it. The report indicates that many species have rebounded with dedicated conservation efforts. Read our summary or the full report

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Happy World Beard Day! There are certainly hundreds of interesting mustached and bearded men throughout the Smithsonian collections, but we thought this man from the Umingmaktormiut tribe had one pretty “cool” beard! Photo via Smithsonian Archives
Happy World Beard Day! There are certainly hundreds of interesting mustached and bearded men throughout the Smithsonian collections, but we thought this man from the Umingmaktormiut tribe had one pretty “cool” beard! Photo via Smithsonian Archives

Happy World Beard Day! There are certainly hundreds of interesting mustached and bearded men throughout the Smithsonian collections, but we thought this man from the Umingmaktormiut tribe had one pretty “cool” beard! Photo via Smithsonian Archives

Silvia Ros Press photograph, National March for Equality in Washington, DC, 2009 Scripts and press materials from NBC’s Will & Grace program. Max Mutchnick & David Kohan, show creators, intentionally presented LGBT characters who were not stereotyped, caricatured, or demeaned. Passports for David Heubner, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and his husband Duane McWaine. Travel, both domestic and international, is an on-going justice and legal issue for LGBT couples Transgender flag designed by Monica Helms (right), and friends. The stripes represent traditional pink & blue associated w/ girls and boys and white for intersex, transitioning, or of undefined gender

Yesterday, our National Museum of American History added more items to its LGBTQ History collection. The items are not on view yet, but you can see many of them online now

LGBTQ History is an important part of the American experience and the Smithsonian is committed to making sure these stories are told. In a blog post, a curator reflects on collecting and interpreting LGBTQ material culture.

One year ago today, scientist from our Museum of Natural History announced the discovery of a new mammal species—the olinguito. Looking like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, it was destined to become a media sensation. In fact, its widespread publicity has helped scientists learn even more about this species in the past year. Citizen scientists have sent in photos of the elusive animal that lives in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains, helping scientists understand where it lives, what it eats and how it lives. 

Learn more on Smithsonian Science

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Can you make out what this text says? Then maybe you can help us with a massive digitization project. 
We’re recruiting digital volunteers to our Transcription Center to help us transcribe digitized archival material to make the text searchable, opening it up for research and discovery. 
Some projects that might pique your interest:
Archaeological reports from Langdon Wagner, a Monuments Men and rumored inspiration for Indiana Jones 
A diary from the Western Union Telegraph Expedition of 1865 which is basically like watching a real life Oregon Trail game unfold
Handwritten personal letters of artists like Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses and Claes Oldenburg from the archivesofamericanart
And if you really want to geek out on this with us, give smithsoniantranscriptioncenter a follow. They issue regular challenges to see if they can beat previous speed records. Prizes include behind the scenes chats with Smithsonian experts! 
Can you make out what this text says? Then maybe you can help us with a massive digitization project. 
We’re recruiting digital volunteers to our Transcription Center to help us transcribe digitized archival material to make the text searchable, opening it up for research and discovery. 
Some projects that might pique your interest:
Archaeological reports from Langdon Wagner, a Monuments Men and rumored inspiration for Indiana Jones 
A diary from the Western Union Telegraph Expedition of 1865 which is basically like watching a real life Oregon Trail game unfold
Handwritten personal letters of artists like Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses and Claes Oldenburg from the archivesofamericanart
And if you really want to geek out on this with us, give smithsoniantranscriptioncenter a follow. They issue regular challenges to see if they can beat previous speed records. Prizes include behind the scenes chats with Smithsonian experts! 

Can you make out what this text says? Then maybe you can help us with a massive digitization project. 

We’re recruiting digital volunteers to our Transcription Center to help us transcribe digitized archival material to make the text searchable, opening it up for research and discovery. 

Some projects that might pique your interest:

And if you really want to geek out on this with us, give smithsoniantranscriptioncenter a follow. They issue regular challenges to see if they can beat previous speed records. Prizes include behind the scenes chats with Smithsonian experts! 

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This day in history, pop artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Many of Warhol’s works of art focused upon celebrity culture, as well as branding & advertising; some of his most famous imagery displayed Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans. The artist attracted hoards of fans, including musicians and activists like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Photo courtesy of archivesofamericanart
This day in history, pop artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Many of Warhol’s works of art focused upon celebrity culture, as well as branding & advertising; some of his most famous imagery displayed Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans. The artist attracted hoards of fans, including musicians and activists like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Photo courtesy of archivesofamericanart

This day in history, pop artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Many of Warhol’s works of art focused upon celebrity culture, as well as branding & advertising; some of his most famous imagery displayed Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans. The artist attracted hoards of fans, including musicians and activists like John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Photo courtesy of archivesofamericanart