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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.