POSTPONED: Annual General Meeting and Presentation

  • Venue:
    Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Building
  • Place:
    10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place


Dear MMLT Members;
In light of the current Covid 19 situation, the Board of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust has decided to postpone our Annual General meeting, scheduled for March 25th.
We will be back in contact with our members to let you know of a revised date for the AGM. In the meantime, please take care and best wishes that we are all able to come through the current situation in good health.
Bob Betcher, President

Keeping Pace With The Risk And Spread Of Tick-Borne Diseases In Ontario And Quebec

A Presentation by Kirsten Crandall

As temperatures warm, tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Powassan virus) are predicted to spread further into Canada due to the northward movement of the mammal and bird hosts transporting infected ticks. Over the past decade, the number of reported cases of tick-borne diseases in Canada has increased exponentially, with many cases occurring in Ontario and Quebec. In the future, tick-borne diseases will become an even greater public health problem in Canada. How are infectious diseases transmitted by ticks? Why are mammals a big part of the problem? How can we protect ourselves when we are out in nature? Ms. Crandall will discuss these questions and more using the current research findings on tick-borne disease in Canada and the interprovincial comparison that is being conducted as part of her Ph.D. research.

Kirsten Crandall is a Joint Ph.D. candidate at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. After hearing from numerous people negatively affected by tick-borne diseases, she became interested in what factors might be driving the increased number of cases of infectious disease. Her main research interest focuses on the connections between tick and mammal abundance and diversity with disease risk and climate change at a large spatial scale in Ontario and Quebec. She integrates a wide variety of methods, such as specimen-based museum work, field surveys, field experiments, and modelling, to disentangle this complex disease system. In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys participating in science communication like Skype a Scientist, volunteering at a local Montreal cat shelter, visiting natural history museums, and hiking some of Canada’s beautiful landscapes.

Kirsten Crandall is a joint Ph.D. candidate, Department of Biology at McGill University & University of Ottawa

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

MMLT Annual General Meeting:  6:30 p.m.

Intermission:   7:00 p.m.

Ms. Crandall’s  Presentation:  7:30 p.m.     

There is a $10 Admission fee for non-members   Free to Members

MMLT Membership applications will be available during the intermission.

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