Blood Sampling

HawkWatch International is utilizing our migration sites to conduct research that is investigating the migratory fitness of raptors and stopover habitat and prey quality. Blood samples are being taken to perform plasma metabolite profiling tests, which will provide information about the physiological conditions of migrants by testing and measuring three internal parameters to compare against a baseline: concentration of key lipid metabolites in the blood, immune system strength, and endoparasite presence. Watch this space for project updates and future publications.