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The Spread of Deer Ticks in North America with Lucas Price

February 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

They came on eight legs: The spread of black-legged (deer) ticks in North America
Wednesday, February 15 | 6:30 – 8 pm | FREE
IN PERSON (Tickets Required: Register at https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/lucasprice/)
Part of the Naturalist Journeys 2023 Winter Presentation Series. Learn more at https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/presentations

Black-legged ticks are the primary tick species responsible for spreading Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, in the northeastern United States. Black-legged ticks are continuing their spread northward into Maine and Canada, bringing tick-borne diseases with them. Along with B. burgdorferi, ticks carry several other pathogens that cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis, tickborne relapsing fever, and other diseases. This talk will provide an overview of the tick life cycle, how ticks obtain and spread pathogens, and what habitats they live in. Additionally, we will discuss current research going on at Dartmouth College studying tick abundance and pathogen prevalence trends.

About Lucas Price: Lucas is a Research Associate at Dartmouth College, whose research is focused on ecology, having spent the past 5 years studying tick ecology in the Northeast region. His work evaluates the relationships that black-legged ticks have with environmental factors, host species, and climate. His training is primarily in wildlife biology and natural resources, with a B.S. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University in Wildlife & Fisheries and Forest Resources respectively, and a M.S. degree from Central Michigan University in Conservation Biology.

TICKETS REQUIRED – Register at https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/lucasprice/

About Naturalist Journeys 2023:
Presentations are on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this winter, and are a mixture of in-person or online presentations.
In-person presentations will require free tickets this year. In-person events will also be livestreamed on our YouTube page.
All online events will be held via Zoom.

Naturalist Journeys is made possible by our sponsors:
Hunger Mountain Coop
802 Coffee
Onion River Outdoors
Capitol Copy
Edward Jones Office of Keith LaCroix
Concept 2
Union Mutual
Northfield Savings Bank
Washington Electric Co-op


February 15, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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