I hope this note finds you well, enjoying this outstanding spring!
After such a white winter, it certainly feels like the spring colors are particularly bright and beautiful. With leaves leafing and buds blooming everywhere, I am sure you and your family are spending more and more time outside.
As you play and explore in the woods, fields, mountains and streams in our region, ticks are just about the biggest hazard you will encounter. And, May is the tick-iest month of the year. Wild Earth and I encourage you to take Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses very seriously, as the pain and suffering they can cause is serious indeed. Three members of my family have had extended bouts with Lyme – and it is no fun. The varied symptoms, and great uncertainty in effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment require great awareness and diligence from us all.
— David Brownstein
Executive Director of Wild Earth
TickEncounter.org is a great website offered by the University of Rhode Island that provides lots of facts about tick identification and prevention. You can even take a picture of a tick, upload it, and they will identify the tick to determine possible exposure.
Wild Earth’s “Light on Lyme” event last year offered lots of information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and tick borne illnesses. Several of the expert presentations from Light on Lyme are available on our website.
This Spring, Wild Earth is offering free “Restorative Nature Strolls” two Tuesdays each month from noon-1pm that are aimed to accommodate a range of capacities and limitations that may accompany injuries, aging, and/or health challenges. These are great events for people who are currently suffering with Lyme or others who feel cautious about spending time in nature.
If you are participating in Wild Earth programs, please know that Wild Earth has strict policies that we follow to minimize exposure to Lyme and other tick borne illnesses. Read more on the tick FAQ page of our website.
Minimizing the risk associated with tick bites requires effort from all of us.
Bottom line, please check yourselves and your children thoroughly after Wild Earth programs or other possible exposure to ticks.
In 2004, David co-founded and, today, is the Executive Director of Wild Earth, where he seeks to help regenerate healthy community culture and create opportunities for people to connect with themselves, each other and the Earth. Prior to founding Wild Earth, David worked as a wealth advisor on Wall Street for twelve years before realizing a life dream – fully sharing in the care and parenting of his three children, and creating a small family farm. Today, the Brownsteins raise dairy cows, goats, chickens, bees and vegetables in season. David also maintains an active counseling practice called Root Connections, where he focuses on helping individuals, couples, groups and business leaders identify and manifest their unique vision. More about David's work.