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September 25 – Antibiotic resistance: What are the birds telling us?

Please join us for Baton Rouge Audubon Society?s continuing speaker series. Attendance is free for all BRAS Members, $3 at the door for non-BRAS Members and $2.50 for non-BRAS seniors (price of admission at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center).

Please note that the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center\'s Education Center is the newly renovated building just to the south (the left) of the Nature Center. Parking is accessible by turning west onto North Glenstone Place; the Education Center will be straight ahead on the right as the street curves.

Title: Antibiotic resistance: What are the birds telling us?

Presenter: Alex Haun

Date and time: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center\'s Education Center

Summary: Runnels High School senior Alex Haun spent the summer of 2014 collecting cloacal and fecal samples from songbirds banded by the Louisiana Bird Observatory group as an intern in the Molecular Microbiology Lab at LSU. He screened them for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to determine which bacteria were present. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria mostly arise and persist because of use of antibiotic drugs by humans in various ways, e.g., in clinical and agricultural settings. Birds are exposed to and colonized by these bacteria in their environments. It is unknown to what degree birds are colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria (nor is it known how well these bacterial mutants survive in the environment). Alex will be presenting the results of his internship, work which will be the basis of a future graduate student\'s thesis or dissertation project.

Location: Bluebonnet Swamp NC -EDUCATION BUILDING
BRAS Members Only: No