With a scientific permit from Canadian Wildlife Service, our in-field volunteers recover thousands of dead birds each year that have died in collisions with buildings. During spring and fall migration seasons, we:
document the details of each collision, including date, location, species and time of day
- tag and freeze all dead birds until the end of each migration season
- sort and document the dead bird collection according to their species
- train volunteers to help them develop bird identification skills
- input bird-collision records into our community science database, the Global Bird Collision Mapper
What Happens to the Dead Birds?
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) receives a yearly donation of dead birds for the purposes of research and education. They also distribute the birds to universities and other organizations for similar purposes. Some of the uses of dead birds include:
- Research including genetic bar coding, West Nile Virus, pesticide and contaminant research
- Study skins for permanent and teaching collections
- Skeletons for study
- Tissue and feather samples
- Gallery displays and mounts
- Searcher efficiency trials in wind farm monitoring
FLAP Canada’s Annual Bird Layout is an emotive and provocative display of dead birds collected by our bird rescue volunteers in the previous year. This annual exhibit has proven to be one of FLAP’s most effective techniques for raising awareness and generating conversation over the dangers birds face in our built environment. The display is photographed and the images are used as part of awareness and educational programs.
We are often called on to participate in bird collision research for government, industry, institutional and conservationists. Much of our research can be found on our resources page. If you would like to request FLAP Canada data for research purposes, please contact us.