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‘Tick Talk’: How to prevent tick bites, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases’


Free NRWA presentation in Harvard

HARVARD — This is the season for enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking, gardening or just playing in the yard.

But many of us have had contact with ticks, tick bites, and even Lyme disease.

How can you protect your family and pets from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis?

The Nashua River Watershed Association is presenting a free “Tick Talk” on June 23, at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Road in Harvard.

Come learn the latest information from a panel of experts from the fields of public health, wildlife biology, academic research and veterinary medicine.

Our panelists will be:

* Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health and Lyme Disease Committee;

* David Stainbrook, Mass Wildlife Deer Project Leader;

* Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic.

Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations.

There will also be a time for audience questions to the panel. This is a rare opportunity to ask a group of experts questions specific to our region.

The NRWA’s “Tick Talk” is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at 978-448-0299 or email

The NRWA is an environmental non-profit serving 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, encouraging people to get outdoors and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.