Ornithologists and other researchers examine the snarge
, the remains of birds that have impacted with planes, to determine which species are the greatest problem and the most significant risk.
A TV series detailing the behind-the-scenes tools of bird identification may have a tough time competing in the ratings department, but for anyone who has ever collected and sent snarge
to the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institution, the backstory is worth knowing about.
Carla Dove and her team will identify remains, using samples of blood, feathers, skin, and snarge
(bloody goo that results from a birdplane collision) collected and sent to the lab.