What’s New at Mohawk Hudson AMC2014 is coming to an end!
It has been a great year for the Mohawk Hudson Chapter, with several new outings, activities and social events.
It's time for New Year resolutions. If one of your resolutions is to get outdoors and be more active, our January 1 hike and Pot Luck is an ideal opportunity to start. This year, we are excited to start with an easy hike at Five Rivers in Delmar, described as "a living museum comprising over 450 acres of broad fields, towering forests, and tranquil wetlands." (Click here for more about Five Rivers). Our post-hike get-together in Delmar will be a great chance to meet and interact with like-minded outdoors resolution-makers, and a cheerful time. We look forward to celebrating at the new location.
We especially welcome new members, and non-members who are curious about AMC, to this event. For planning, we need you to sign up. Click on the calendar for details.
If your New Year resolution involves being a more active volunteer, we have some wonderful opportunities: Are you a "techie"? Our Webmaster, who has been maintaining this site so effectively, is moving away and stepping down. We are desperately searching for a replacement. Please contact our Chapter Chair firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. We would love to hear from you.
Our social media presence continues to grow, with 113 “likes” on Facebook, and a following of 141 on Meetup. Check us out.
Barberville Falls Preserve Opens Again
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 "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.