Aviation Airstrike/Birdstrike

Our Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics provides DNA identification services for wildlife strikes.

Bird strike (or more accurately in Australia, ‘wildlife airstrike’) costs the aviation industry millions of dollars annually and represents an additional risk for airlines and airports to manage.

We assist the aviation industry by carrying out DNA-based species identification of the wildlife involved in these strikes.

We have been working with commercial and defence airports since 2006 and have used DNA to identify 100’s of different bird and bat species involved in collisions with aircraft across Australia.

This service is covered under our NATA accreditation and we provide detailed instructions and DNA sampling kits to all airports that use our services. Species identification is generally provided within 2-3 weeks of sample submission.

Contact Us

If you wish to enquire about costs and services, please airstrike@austmus.gov.au


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Wildlife Strikes and DNA Sampling: A How-To Guide for the Aviation Industry

Wildlife strikes/ birdstrikes are common occurrences at Airports all over the world. See how the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics help manage the risks wildlife poses to the aviation industry, from an Australian perspective, as well as provide DNA sampling and training guidelines for the aviation industry.

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