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General Information for Collecting Birdstrike Materials
For submittal to the Feather Identification Lab, Smithsonian Institution

 

COLLECTING REMAINS
Feathers:
            Whole Bird: Pluck a variety of feathers (breast,back,wing,tail)
            Partial Bird: Collect a variety of feathers with color or pattern
            Feathers Only: Send all materials
            Do not cut feathers from the bird (down at the base is needed)
            Do not use any sticky substances (i.e. tape or glue)
            Place remains in a re-sealable bag
            Allow remains to dry before sealing bag

Snarge:
            Use a popsicle stick to scrape and place dry snarge in a re-sealable bag
Spray snarge with alcohol or use an alcohol wipe to loosen from aircraft material (no water or bleach)
Allow alcohol wipe to dry prior to sealing bag

- Include a copy of report (AFSAS for military, 5200-7 for civil)

- Include all contact information

 

SHIPPING

Routine/Non-Damaging Strikes: US Postal Service
Feather Identification Lab
Smithsonian Institution
NHB E600, MRC 116
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

 

Priority/Damaging Strikes: Overnight Shipping
Feather Identification Lab
Smithsonian Institution
NHB E600, MRC 116
10th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20560-0116

 

WEBSITES

 

FEATHER LAB CONTACT INFORMATION
202-633-0801, dovec@si.edu, heackerm@si.edu

 

Wildlife Strike Reporting

 

*Basic safety measures and good hygiene when collecting material is encouraged. Use latex gloves, face mask and eye protection; always wash hands thoroughly after handling remains.