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 are looking forward to seeing you at our annual picnic at beautiful Peebles Island on July 24. Click on the event on right under upcoming events, for sign up information.
Our flagship event of the season will be the annual picnic on July 24 at Peebles Island. This year we’ve chosen a late Thursday afternoon time, and a convenient venue, and some extra features, such as a fly-fishing demonstration.
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.
Dyken Pond Environmental Eduction Center Forest CorpDyken Pond Environmental Eduction Center is offering its 2nd annual Forest Conservation Corps for ages 14-16. This year the program will run twice from July 21-25 and July 28 - August 1. You may apply for both weeks. Students who complete a session will receive a $50 award.
The Forest Conservation Corps is designed to promote conservation, education and community service. The goal of FCC is for students to develop a value of respect for others and the environment while providing community service experiences in a Rensselaer County Park.
Students will spend roughly half of their day working on conservation projects, while the other half of the daywill be spent learning about the environment, job skills development and enjoying the outdoors. A typical day might include clearing trails, entering data for a citizen science monitoring project, building an outdoor bridge or new trail signs, hiking, creating a survival shelter, doing team building challenges or boating on Dyken Pond.
Find their 2014 FCC Application here. If you have any questions please call them at (518) 658-2055 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.