FREE Bird Strike DNA Testing: Transport Canada Pilot Project

FREE Bird Strike DNA Testing: Transport Canada Pilot Project

Transport Canada is undertaking a new pilot project investigating the relevance of DNA identification for unidentifiable bird remains found after bird strikes.

For the first three months of 2021 (January 1st to March 31st), airports will be able to send any unidentifiableremains, free of charge, to Guelph University’s Biodiversity lab for DNA identification.

Please do not send intact bird remains.

All certified airports will be receiving a DNA sampling kit directly from Transport Canada in the coming weeks. If additional sampling kits are required, they can be requested from Transport Canada ( or directly from Guelph University (

If you find unidentifiable remains at your airport, please take the following steps:

  1. Collect the sample as per the instructions in the DNA kits
  2. Mail the sample and form to:

Attn: Canadian Bird Strike Services

Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1

DNA results will be provided to both the organization which submitted the remains, as well as directly to Transport Canada. We look forward to the results. Any feedback or comments on this pilot project are welcome.


Devon Harris

Wildlife Management, Aerodrome Standards

Transport Canada / Transports Canada

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