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Tick Blitz volunteer

A man wearing a gray-blue t-shirt with large black letters that say "TICKS SUCK" stands in front of a wooded area while holding a white drag cloth in his left hand and a small clear plastic collection vial in his right hand.

With a little bit of training, 59 citizen scientists in New York collected more than 3,700 ticks across 15 counties in a two-week period in the summer of 2021, greatly expanding the reach of professional tick researchers at the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. The “New York State Tick Blitz” is now an annual project and a model that tick-surveillance programs elsewhere can follow. Volunteer Mel Evans, pictured here, participated in 2021. (Photo by Sherrie Evans)

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