Miranda Torkelson

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Published on Oct 11, 2021

Project delay... and some preliminary results!

Unfortunately, our data collection has been put on hold over the summer due to unforeseen shortages of blood lead testing equipment. Earlier in the summer, there was a recall on the blood lead test...

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Published on May 19, 2021

Check out this article! - "Researchers discovered lead levels like those reported in Flint, Michigan, can interfere with the neural mechanisms of vocal development of songbirds and affect mate attraction."

Check out this article! - "Researchers discovered lead levels like those reported in Flint, Michigan, can interfere with the neural mechanisms of vocal development of songbirds and affect mate attr...

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Published on Apr 20, 2021

Exciting new equipment!

Hello all! Happy spring! At WRC, we are emerging from our slightly slower winter season into the busy spring and summer by welcoming new life, and new wildlife babies, into the world. Over the wint...

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Published on Nov 18, 2020

Progress Update and a Patient Story

Hi everyone! I want to update you all on project progress as well as share a recent patient story. First - exciting news - this project got an extra $200 in funding from WDA for being one of the to...

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Published on Sep 24, 2020

Fully funded!

Thank you all for your generosity and support. This project is fully funded! I’m so excited to start this research and share the journey with you. Keep an eye on this website for updates.

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That's the assumption, but we don't know for sure. There was no sign of ingested metal on his x-rays, so likely it was due to the accumulation of trace amounts from his diet and environment.
Nov 25, 2020
Is lead toxicity a contributing factor to large scale songbird population decline?
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Thank you for your support! That is my goal - to both obtain this important data as well as share the process with you and other supporters along the way.
Sep 07, 2020
Is lead toxicity a contributing factor to large scale songbird population decline?
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