August 10, 2004 -- Posted at 11:25 a.m. CDT
For some students at ASU, Tuesday was an early start.
Anfinson is part of a research team studying the West Nile Virus in birds. Her team is currently at the Big Lake National Wildlife refuge near Manila.
"We're checking birds for West Nile Virus by catching them in nets, and then we do blood samples from the birds. Then those blood samples go back to a lab at Arkansas State and they're checked for the virus there," said Anfinson.
Not only is this study hands on experience for graduate and undergraduate students at ASU, but it also helps test for the West Nile Virus right here in Region 8. Researchers use invisible nets to catch the birds to test them for the disease. Once the birds are caught, the team measures, weighs and determines the sex, species and age of the bird. They then place a small tracking band on the bird before taking a blood sample.
Anfinson said, "Our lab at ASU has processed over three hundred blood samples from the birds and preliminarily they are all negative results."