Jun
24

What exactly is “snarge”?

Snarge is the term used for the feathers and residue left after a bird collides with a plane. Scientists in the Smithsonian’s Feather ID Lab examine snarge to identify the species of birds involved in the hundreds of bird strike cases they solve each year, aiding with aviation safety. Migrate to other bird projects at… Continue reading What exactly is “snarge”?

Jun
20

Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian’s Feather Forensics Lab

Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian’s Feather Forensics Lab

Giant Burmese pythons are eating the Everglades alive–devouring rabbits, foxes and even alligators. It’s harder to know the impact the snakes are having on native birds. Ornithologist Carla Dove is one of the few with the guts to investigate, uh, python guts. Continue reading Animal CSI: Inside the Smithsonian’s Feather Forensics Lab

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