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Forensic Ornithology - Bird Detective

In this video, ornithologist Dr. Carla Dove reveals what bird remains can tell you about airplane strikes.


Dr. Carla Dove is an Ornithologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join her in analyzing the remains of birds from airplane strikes and other events. See how she and her team use various types of evidence to identify the birds. Marvel at how modern techniques such as DNA barcoding can complement old-fashioned comparisons of feathers. Consider what bird remains tell you about populations of birds over time. Learn how Carla and her team are making your flights safer while also improving management of natural populations of birds. This show aired February 12, 2014.



National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Earth Science


Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-3Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Life Science


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-5Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Engineering Design


Engineering Design
  • MS-ETS1-1Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • MS-ETS1-2Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • MS-ETS1-3Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

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