If you should encounter a dead bird anywhere in Singapore, please do give David Tan a call at 91768971 and he will drop everything and rush down to retrieve the bird carcass as soon as possible.
Photo: Black-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx erithacus)

Note from David Tan:

Hi everyone, my name is David Tan and I’m a research student from the Avian Genetics Lab at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and also the lab’s resident snatcher of dead birds.

Dead birds are important to us for various reasons.
As part of our research, one of our main interests lies in figuring out how the mysteries of bird DNA can reveal hitherto unknown facts about the evolution and ecology of birds, and each dead bird represents a priceless and unique record of an avian genome that will go a long way toward helping us understand the lives of Singapore’s birds.

This is why we need your help.
While a great many birds die in Singapore every day, a vast majority of these bird deaths often go unreported and these valuable carcasses are often disposed of by well-meaning individuals who are unaware of the true value of a dead bird.

If you should encounter a dead bird anywhere in Singapore, please do give me a call at 91768971 and I will drop everything and rush down to retrieve the bird carcass as soon as possible. If you are unable to remain with the body until I arrive, kindly conceal the body in a secure location and I will retrieve the carcass when I arrive.

All recovered bodies will be sampled for DNA and subsequently skinned and preserved at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for future generations of biologists to study and for public education initiatives to help educate Singaporeans about our avian biodiversity.

Thank you so much for your help, and let’s not let these birds die in vain.

Source: Nature Society (Singapore)

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