Ticks and Questing-Be Prepared!

With the warmth and the beginning of Quest season this past month, I’ve dealt will my fair share of ticks. Questing can be fickle. Many of the Valley Quests are along trails, or lead through tall grassy fields–places my mortal enemy resides, waiting to cling to clothes and crawl onto skin.

Ticks make me squirm. But I can’t let that keep me from enjoying the special places Valley Quest’s lead me to.

Since the ticks have come out, I’ve developed–or rather looked up–some tactics on keeping those blood-suckers at bay.

  • Wear light-colored clothing
    • Ticks are often blackish brown or grey and can be more easily spotted on outerwear while out in the woods.
    • Tuck your pants into your socks–although this isn’t fashionable, it will protect you from having ticks crawl up your leg–ticks have a tendency to crawl lightly without being noticed.
  • Use a lint roller after Questing in the woods, and grassy terrains.
    • This will again help with ticks that have yet to crawl under your clothes. Be sure to use a few sheets to pick up what you can before doing a full-on tick check.
  • Wear tick repellant
    • DEET, though smelly, is a relatively effective tick repellent. However, ticks can still bite you if you’re wearing DEET alone.
    • Permethrin, a clothing treatment, can actually kill ticks on contact, but is a more severe measure to take, as you must soak your clothes in the stuff and it only lasts a few washes.

The above tips are only preventative measures. It is also very important to complete thorough tick checks right after a Quest or other outdoor activities!

Herricks Cove

Hey Questers,

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Herricks Cove Wildlife IMG_0460Festival in Rockingham Vermont. If you’ve never been, it’s a wonderful event featuring local groups such as the Nature Museum, VINS, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and more. There was something for everyone–a shooting range presented by 4-H, face-painting, t-shirt making, and many local (as well as exotic) animals!



At the festival, Valley Quest Coordinator Sara Cottingham and I led a guided Quest at Herricks Cove, one of the premier birding sites in the Upper Valley. This Quest highlights over seven bird species, many of which we saw on the Quest. In addition to birds, we had the pleasure of watching a beaver swim in the early hours of the day, viewed beautiful Trillium flowers, and discovered an insane amount of fiddle heads.


If you missed this year’s festival, be sure to take the detour to Herricks Cove off of Route 5 next time you are in Rockingham, Vermont. You won’t be disappointed.