New York State Tick Blitz

Do you live near the Hudson Valley region of New York State? If so, we are looking for individuals to participate in our Tick Blitz citizen science event to help us better understand the northward expansion of new ticks in New York.

What is the Tick Blitz?


We are conducting a Tick Blitz in the Hudson Valley region of New York State to undertand where different tick species are present in the state and track their northward expansion.

How Does it Work?

  • Individuals who register to participate will receive a kit in the mail that has everything you need to collect ticks and protect yourself
  • Participants will collect ticks at a location of their choosing at least once between June 13 and June 19, 2021
  • Information on collected ticks will be made available online by our research team

When and Where?

Tick collections will happen between June 13 and June 19, 2021.

Targeted counties include: Bronx - Columbia - Delaware - Dutchess - Greene - Kings - Nassau - New York - Orange - Putnam - Queens - Richmond - Rockland - Suffolk - Sullivan - Ulster - Westchester

Informational Webinars

Two informational webinars were hosted in April 2021. You can access the recordings for these webinars through the links below.

April 12, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Watch the Webinar!

April 16, 2021 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Watch the Webinar!

Guides for Participants

Quick Reference Guide

The quick reference guide is a PDF document where you can find key information for the Tick Blitz Week. The guide includes slides from the training webinar with a few updates, and more detailed instructions on storing and mailing the ticks!

Quick Reference Guide

Field Collection Sheet

Need extra field collection sheets to record your tick collections?

Download Extra Sheets

Additional Resources

Tick Blitz FAQ - Answers to frequently asked questions you may hear from passers-by when you sample for ticks

Tick Sampling Guide - Guide for collecting ticks from the field

To Do At Home - List of things to do once you are home after a day of sampling for ticks

Tick Storage - Instructions on how to store the ticks

Mailing Ticks - A guide for how you will mail the ticks back to Cornell

Tick Blitz Kit Return - Instructions on what items in the collection kit you will keep and which you will return to Cornell