Student Researching Lyme Disease Will Humanely Trap Rodents at Your Home in Jamaica Plain, and Seeks Community Involvement

I am student researcher at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine conducting a funded research project investigating the risk of Lyme disease in urban areas. Rodents are the main source of feeding for ticks, so this study will focus on Lyme infected mice and rats in Jamaica Plain. I will be humanely trapping rodents and collecting a small amount of blood to test for Lyme bacteria. Rodents will be unharmed and released after the brief sample collection. I strongly believe that successful research is dependent on local stakeholders and community involvement.

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How Many Species Are In Franklin Park? Beeee Part of Biodiversity Project

Staff of the Franklin Park Zoo are leading a project to count every species in Franklin Park -- and everyone is welcome to participate in the project!. We're talking the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, skunks and skunk cabbage -- and gorillas (they are in the zoo!). "As an organization committed to conservation, we want to educate and inspire people of all ages that we all play a role in healthy ecosystems. And, this starts right in our own backyard," said Dr. Eric Baitchman, Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, who has Zoo New England staff in conducting seasonal surveys to record observations of wildlife. So far more than 660 species have been observed with the American robin leading the way with 39 observations. All of the project's observations are being recorded and presented on inaturalist.org.

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MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke Retiring After 42 Years of Service to Animals

Forty-two years ago Carter Luke, then aged 29, was scooping cat boxes and stretching every available dime to avoid exceeding the $75,000 annual budget at the Coulee Region Humane Society in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where his unparalleled career in animal welfare started. Luke announced on May 1 at a town hall-style meeting for employees his retirement as president of the MSPCA-Angell, an organization to which he has devoted the last 34 years of his career. Luke’s last day will be Dec. 31, 2019. A search for a new president is being led by the organization’s Board of Directors.

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MSPCA-Angell Starring in ‘Animal ER Live’, Debuting on NatGeo Wild on Saturday

The MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center is one of six U.S. veterinarian emergency rooms being featured in a new NatGeo Wild show debuting on March 30. Animal ER Live is a four-week, eight-episode TV show that shows the inside of animal hospitals and mobile veterinary emergency units. The show is not staged, as the show producers captured video in real time as events occurred. Animal ER Live is debuting on NatGeo Wild on Saturday, March 30 at 9 pm.

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Missing Dog: Have You Seen Cindy Lou?

Cindy Lou the dog has been missing Jan. 19 and she needs your help to get home! "Cindy Lou has possibly been spotted multiple times in the neighborhoods around Brookside and Ophir Streets. It's possible she may be trying to get home towards Greenough," said Mary Lou Stock of Missing Dogs Massachusetts to Jamaica Plain News. "We've had amazing experiences with dogs surviving every type of weather including cold like this and believe Cindy Lou is resourceful enough to find a way home.

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