Posted on: 11.13.2011
Dr. Tom Mather, the "tick guy" from URI's TickEncounter Resource Center joined Rhode Island Families in Nature to help all attendees learn how and where to find ticks, how to protect ourselves against them, and much more. Left-click the thumbnails to the right for a review of the hike :
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Carey Goldberg, cohost of the CommonHealth blog on wbur.org, moderates a panel discussion on Lyme disease. The discussion will focus on prevention, on coping with the disease and on changing our thinking and behavior as tick-borne diseases become more prevalent. This event is FREE, but please RSVP so we know how many sandwiches to bring!
Locally, deer ticks seem to be having their own spring festival – VERY well attended, too!!! With such high levels of current tick activity, be sure to visit the TickEncounter booth and learn the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your pets against disease carrying ticks. EARLYBIRD SPECIAL (1st hour only): Thanks to our friends at REI in Cranston, if you bring a pair of your gardening/golf/dog walking shoes to the festival, you can leave them to be treated with permethrin tick repellent (drop them off on your way in and pick them up as you leave). Treatment should last for about a month.
More information: http://www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/east-farm-spring-festival.html
Due to an active and early tick season HealthLink-Littauer is calling a local town hall meeting to give you the information you need to keep yourself and your family safe this tick season. We are bringing in internationally and nationally recognized tick expert on tick-bite protection and Lyme disease prevention, Thomas N. Mather, Ph.D. to help you understand this growing threat in our region.
Panel Discussion: Denise C. Frederick, RN, BSN, DPH, Director Fulton County Public Health. "A local snapshot" Dr. Todd Duthaler, Littauer’s Chief of Emergency Medicine. "I have a tick. Now what?" Dr. Melanie Santspree, Veterinarian. "Tick-borne diseases in our companion animals."
In New England, 2011 was an exceptionally "ticky" year, and there are predictions for a possible 20% increase in the tick population in 2012. Dr. Thomas Mather will discuss current trends in tick encounter risk as well as his efforts to help individuals and communities prevent tick bites and Lyme disease. Learn about tick life cycles, environmental factors contributing to Lyme disease, and what you can do to protect yourself so that you can continue to enjoy the green spaces in and around Boston. Reserve now. Space is limited.
Free, but registration requested. Register online at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-384-5277 (Arnold Arboretum) or 617.522.2700 (Emerald Necklace Conservancy).
Sponsored by Boston Natural Areas Network; Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center; Brookline Parks & Open Space; Emerald Necklace Conservancy; Franklin Park Coalition; Friends of the Blue Hills; New England Mountain Bike Association; Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation; and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
This workshop is offered by URI's TickEncounter Resource Center. Earn 4 Rhode Island Pesticide Applicatory Credits and receive a TickSmart™ Deer Tick Management Certification. RI Re-certification credits only. Learn more about the Integrated Tick Management Workshop
May 7, 10:00* AM – 2:00 PM. URI East Farm, Route 108.
A day where visitors can find answers to anything from gardening to energy problems. "Green" exhibitors, workshops, entertainment, food, low cost compost bins, rain barrels, and plants grown by URI's master gardeners. Children's activities are a major attraction. Free. Call (401) 874-4453, or visit the URI website for more information.
Locally, deer ticks seem to be having their own spring festival – VERY well attended, too!!! With such high levels of current tick activity, be sure to visit the TickEncounter booth and learn the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your pets against disease carrying ticks.
Thanks to our friends at REI in Cranston, if you bring a pair of your gardening/golf/dog walking shoes to the festival, you can leave them to be treated with permethrin tick repellent (drop them off on your way in and pick them up as you leave). Treatment should last for about a month.
Lindsey Sanford was the recipient of the Think T.I.C.K. Take Action! Award at the 2010 Big Tick Gala. We've put together a video that highlights the award presentation with comments by Dr. Mather and Lindsey.
Also pictured is Lindsey's father, Bob Sanford, whose company hosted a charity golf tournament for a second year in a row generously donating the proceeds to support anti-tick research and outreach at URI's TickEncounter Resource Center.
The Big Tick Gala 2009 was a great success! Highlights included:
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and be part of the event!
Hidden in the Leaves, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Healey Jamiel, is the story of University of Rhode Island entomologist Thomas Mather and his team's efforts to help people see the risks for serious tick-transmitted disease lurking in an increasing number of rural, suburban and even semi-urban landscapes in the eastern United States.