Tick Tips for Safe Birding

Tick Tips for Safe Birding

With birds migrating back north after avoiding the harsh winter climate, peak bird watching season is on the horizon. But before you grab your binoculars and seek out a Baltimore oriole or a diligent woodpecker pecking away at a tree, make sure you cover all the bases...
eTick Monitoring Program Expands Reach

eTick Monitoring Program Expands Reach

Currently, the range of many tick species are expanding in North America due to climate change and human alteration of the natural environment. Therefore, there is an increasing need for improved tick surveillance tools. The Public Health Agency of Canada has...
Ticks are Frequent Flyers

Ticks are Frequent Flyers

The range of Lyme disease is gradually spreading in North America, and according to researchers, birds are playing a significant role. Robert Brinkeroff, a post-doctoral student at the School of Public Health, insists that “birds are often overlooked in Lyme...
Irish eyes are not smiling

Irish eyes are not smiling

St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon, and if you are weary of tick-borne diseases, lyme green may be on your mind. Government statistics note that there are at least 50 to 100 incidences of Lyme disease per year on the island. Poor awareness of the existence of the...
Pecking away at Lyme disease

Pecking away at Lyme disease

Pecking away at Lyme disease In the fight against Lyme disease, tick-eating mammals such as the opossum which were discussed in my previous blog are frontline commanders in reducing the tick population. Chickens, famously known for pecking bugs and small insects off...