As an ornithologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, Pepper Trail is often called upon to perform autopsies on birds from disasters such as the BP spill and in criminal cases such as poaching.

Species identification is another critical part of Trail's work, especially when the bird carcass is covered in oil.

A human-caused death of a protected species triggers the legal authority for the Fish & Wildlife Service to perform forensic analysis.

Read more at Forensic Magazine