Whatís New at Mohawk Hudson AMCSpring is here!
As the weather gets milder, take advantage of the warm temperatures to get outside. Watch for the first robin, and signs of early blooms. This is a great time of year to renew your commitment to get outside.
Our upcoming pot luck dinner is a great chance to meet Chapter members, and to hear two great speakers. Non-members are welcome if you bring a dish.
Watch this page for last minute postings of weekend outings, and get on our email lists for weekday hikes. The Mid-Week Hikers welcome you to join them on their Wednesday outings. Contact Gerry Weber, (518) 758-7189, or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Hiking at a Relaxed Pace (HARP) is a group that usually hikes on Thursday or Friday. Contact Frank and Dee Wind, (518) 458-1781 email@example.com. You can also join our Yahoo Group, to get latest updates on midweek hikes. - or get notices on Facebook by liking our page
Consider being a chapter volunteer - very rewarding experience. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities to see where thereís a fit for you
Barberville Falls Preserve Opens Again
Barberville Falls is open to the public once again, at least until next Memorial Day (Read Article)
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.