I thought this was an interesting article. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/02/19/science-dnabarcode.html
New species identification
The world recognizes about 10,000 bird species today. The researchers hope to complete an all-bird DNA inventory by 2011.
How do they take DNA from a bird?
Intereseting. Does this mean birders will be taking DNA test kits along with us? (kidding).