RTPI To Host Program On Mosquitoes, Ticks

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute will host a program focusing on mosquitoes and ticks, presented by special guest Jamie Haight, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

The event is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

As spring unfolds and summer approaches, people who spend time outdoors should be aware of, and use appropriate prevention against, various bugs and the diseases they can cause. Haight’s presentation will provide an overview of these tiny but dangerous animals with a focus on the ones that are infectious to people and pets. Haight will discuss the life histories of mosquitoes and ticks, their habitats and ranges. He’ll explain how arthropod-borne diseases are transmitted, their symptoms and prevention and share lots of good stories about his work in mosquito and tick surveillance, using specimen samples and traps.

Haight is a field biologist and senior lab technician for the state Department of Health Research Inc. Over the past 12 years he has received many certifications and trainings in public health, particularly relating to arthropod-borne diseases. In his role as a public health educator has given numerous programs to schools and organizations about creepy-crawlies in hopes to allay unwarranted fears about the natural world and at the same time educate people to know and protect themselves and their families from real risk factors connected with blood-feeding bugs they may encounter.

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis St., Jamestown. For more information, call 665-2473.