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Nature Conservancy warning to be tick aware this summer

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A national conservation group is urging Canadians to be vigilant for wood ticks.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says people should take precautions on trails and in forested areas when it comes to the little bugs.

Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks can carry various bacterial diseases, specifically lyme disease.

NCC Alberta Director Katelyn Ceh, says if you are out enjoying nature this summer wear bug spray with DEET, long sleeves, light-coloured clothing, and always check your clothes and body for ticks after a hike.

The Nature Conservancy notes ticks are becoming more common in many areas including southern BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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