More than 300,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. As we all get ready to go off on our summer adventures, this is the perfect time to brush up on your tick knowledge--how to prevent bites, and what to do if they happen. We'll be tackling all this and more in our webinar, Ticked Off. Register today.
Catskill Mountainkeeper’s own Kate Hagerman will be moderating the panel, which includes:
• Joshua Ginsberg, President, The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The Cary Institute is dedicated to understanding how ecosystems work. The Institute is home to The Tick Project, and its scientists are global experts in the ecology of: freshwater, forests, disease, and cities. The Tick Project is a five-year study to determine whether neighborhood-based prevention can reduce human cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Joshua will be focusing on the Tick Project, what they've learned, and how it can benefit all of us.
• Kate O'Connor, Mountainkeeper’s program manager who focuses on environmental biology and ecology, will talk about what ticks are and why they’re here, and explore the links between the climate crisis and the rising tick populations.
• Andy Mossey, the Stewardship and Advocacy Coordinator at the Catskill Center, will focus on how to prevent tick bites when you’re out in the woods, including what works, what doesn’t, and how to do a tick check on yourself and your pets. He’ll also talk about Mountainkeeper and The Catskill Center's Catskill Stewards program, which will bring stewards out onto regional trails this summer to help educate hikers about tick safety.
• Nicole Foley is studying entomology at Cornell University, with a focus on vector-borne disease biology. Nicole educates the public about vector-borne diseases that can be transmitted by ticks, and she will be hosting a citizen science event this summer: Tick Blitz 2021. She’ll offer guidance on how to deal with a tick bite, and share resources for tick testing.
This webinar will be closed captioned for greater accessibility.
The event is free, but you must register to attend.