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Fall is upon us!

Itís the most unappreciated season. The natural tendency is to spend autumn mourning the days of summer, and anticipating the rigors of winter. But the most beautiful days for getting outdoors are upon us. Temperatures are usually quite comfortable. We no longer need to worry about hot weather or mosquitoes (but continue to watch for ticks), and the colorful palette of autumn scenery in the Capital District exceeds the beauty of all other seasons. If you resolve to get out in fall it becomes much easier to continue outdoor habits throughout the winter.

Our October and November calendars already have several local hiking, bicycling and trail maintenance events scheduled, and more are likely to be added. We are grateful to the outings leaders and trail volunteers for all they do to keep the chapter vibrant. Check out our calendar in the newsletter and online, and mark your own calendar for the event that interest you.

We hope you will join us for a very special Annual Dinner on November 17 at the culinary schools at Schenectady County Community College. Deadline for signup is November 4. Check our calendar for details.

Our social media presence continues to grow, with 111 ďlikesĒ on Facebook, and a following of 120 on Meetup. Check us out.

Barberville Falls Preserve Opens Again

Barberville Falls

Barberville Falls is open to the public once again, at least until next Memorial 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 "bullís-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.

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