What’s New at Mohawk Hudson AMCSummer brings us longer days, more free time, and a chance to enjoy a more varied menu of activities. A check of our chapter calendar at right will turn up a plethora of activities, including bicycling, kayaking and weekend trips, in addition to our weekday and weekend hikes. Keep coming back to the calendar for updates. Of course, our “giving back” projects will continue. Learn more about who we are and our activities in our latest newsletter.
We have an exciting Chapter weekend coming up September 26 - 28 at Lake Taghkanic State Park. We have a couple of cabins reserved overlooking the Lake, with serene private campfire areas. Outings will be planned to take advantage of this scenic, rich-in-nature spot. Check the date under upcoming events for cost sign-up information. Deadline is September 7, but space is limited, so sign up as soon as you can.
Our social media pages are growing. We have passed the 100-member threshold on Meetup and are about to approach it on our Facebook Page If you haven’t joined or “liked” us yet, check us out.
Barberville Falls Preserve Closed for the Summer
Barberville Falls is closed to the public once again, at least until next Labor Day
To find out more about this lovely spot, visit its page in our Outdoor Areas Database.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is on the rise in our area and early detection and treatment is the key to avoid serious complications. First it's important to thoroughly check for ticks, not only when you are outside but when you come in contact with a pet that has been outside. Lyme disease is caused by bacterium found in the stomachs of infected ticks and it may take as much as a day for the bacterium to make its way into your body. It's for this reason that the old tick removal method of covering a tick with oil or grease is not recommended as this can cause the tick to regurgitate the contents of its stomach into your bloodstream. The recommended method is to grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers as close to your skin as possible and steadily pull it away.
If you have been infected with Lyme disease it's important to get treated as soon as possible as serious complications can arise if left untreated. Unfortunately not everyone experiences the same symptoms and blood tests are slow and problematic. A "bull’s-eye" rash is often described as a symptom but the vision of multiple concentric rings this conjures is inaccurate. This type of rash just means that you will have an irregularly shaped red blotch but the center will be pale. This rash does not have to appear at all and may not appear at the site of the bite. Another type of rash that looks more like a bruise but will continue to increase in size and darkness can also occur. A fever may also occur and any fever lasting 5 days is generally reason to see a doctor, tick bite or not. Other symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, muscle and/or joint pain, or swollen lymph nodes.
Here is a document on Lyme disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and here is a document created by the Rensselaer County Department of Health hosted by the Rensselaer Land Trust.