Several local green space organizations have joined together to present the following educational program about tick awareness and tick bite prevention.Â More Ticks in More Places: How the ever-changing ecology of tick-borne diseases in the Northeastern US affects you! will be presented by Thomas N. Mather, Ph.D, Director, The University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center, on Thursday, May 17, 6:30â€“8:00pm in the Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston.
In New England, 2011 was an exceptionally â€œtickyâ€ 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.
Sponsored by Boston Natural Areas Network; Mass Audubonâ€™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 National Historic Site, NPS; and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.