Yesterday, I did some more exploring and collecting in Belt Woods. A few minutes after I entered the forest, I found this tick on my pants. It was crawling up my leg slowly and deliberately, the way ticks always do, looking for a passage thru my clothing to my skin.
This is a female deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). Although their name suggests that they may be specialized to feed on deer, according to this source, the larvae of this tick feed on a wide variety of mammals and birds, primarily on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus).
Thomas Say described this species in 1821 (full text). He didn't give a type location, but stated that the species was "rather common in forests, and frequently found attached to different animals."