Lyme disease expert Dr. Holly Ahern is set to give a talk about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, on August 5th, as the third presenter of the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC)’s Online Living Lands Series. Two additional presentations will follow, each taking place on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm.
Each summer the LGLC offers this free weekly presentation series to take a look at the wildlife and people who utilize the land of Lake George and the Adirondacks, past and present. Pre-recorded presentations are shared at 5:30 pm on the LGLC’s website and social media feeds. In some cases, the presenters may be watching at the same time so that questions posted can be answered directly.
Dr. Ahern is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack and Vice President of the Lyme Action Network, and has extensive teaching and research experience in bacteriology and molecular biology. As an expert on the scientific literature pertaining to Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections, Ahern has served on the NYS Senate Tick-borne Disease Task Force and on the Testing and Diagnostics subcommittee of the HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group in 2018. Her talk will inform on the state of the science surrounding ticks and tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.
The Series will continue on August 12th with a presentation by Charles Vendrei, retired DEC Historic Preservation Officer, who will addresses historic, archaeological and land use issues associated with the Cortland St. Revolutionary War site in Lake George Village. Up until recently, this site contained the remains of over two dozen soldiers and noncombatants of the American Northern Army who died in and around the Fort George small pox hospital in the summer of 1776.
On August 19th, LGLC staff will join Paul Cummings, LGLC Board Member and planner with the Chazen Companies, to discuss the LGLC’s Bolton Recreational Hub Project. They will shed light on the Initiative, show maps of proposed and pending trail linkages, share goals for the plan and how the Bolton Hub can combine land conservation with Bolton’s economic growth into the future.
Access to these recorded presentations is open to the public, no registration required. Links will be provided at 5:30 pm on the designated date, and videos will continue to be available thereafter via the LGLC’s website and YouTube channel.
Photo of An adult deer tick by Scott Bauer.