Southern Maine June 20, 2023

Youth Scientists Investigating Ticks Across Varied Habitats

Youth scientists in Gorham are collecting data on ticks in their local community

Youth scientists in Gorham are collecting tick data as part of the 4-H Tick Project, a community science project engaging k-12 youth and educators. Students did monthly tick drags in 4 different habitat types (field, woods, edge of woods, & Japanese knotweed) throughout the school year. All of their data will contribute to a statewide database mapping both tick presence as well as tick borne disease across the state of Maine. Students will also be analyzing their local data in CODAP and adding to their own local database each year.

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8 vials of ticks suspended in liquid. Vials have various numbers of ticks and are labelled by date.