The McNew Lab studies disease ecology of birds and their parasites and pathogens, and this will be your chance to see this work in action. This research specifically investigates associations between birds in ticks in the region, so we will be mist-netting and banding birds, checking them for attached ticks, and taking small blood samples to test for tick-borne diseases. The working group will demonstrate the techniques that are being used and discuss the research. We’ll meet in Madera Canyon and specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Drive time to the meeting location from the festival venue is about one hour. Limited to 10 participants.

Painted Redstart by Matthew Studebaker