On Virginia Water Radio for 3-30-15: Research on Avian Malaria in Red-winged Blackbirds Focuses on Stress Hormones and Possible Impact of Mercury

This week, Virginia Water Radio focuses on Virginia Tech graduate student Laura Schoenle’s research on avian malaria in Red-winged Blackbirds, including whether mercury in the birds’ aquatic-based food may affect the birds’ response to infection.  This work provides an example of the complicated connections among living things, environments, and human activities.  Click here to have a listen (4 min./8 sec.)

Red-winged Blackbird male in Canada, Spring 2013.  Photo courtesty of Laura Schoenle, rcvd Mar 31 2015.

Red-winged Blackbird male. Photo courtesy of Laura Schoenle.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

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