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January Outing at Five Rivers Environmental Center

We are again hosting our popular winter event at Five Rivers Visitor Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. Please arrive with a dish to share a little before 11:00 to allow for setup. After lunch, we will lead a discussion related to our Chapter and AMC. An AMC hike leader will lead a hike on snowshoes or not depending on snow cover. The hike should start around 1:30 PM. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear, including winter-traction cleats, if needed. Snowshoe rentals are $5 per pair.

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The 2020 Taconic Crest End-to-End Endurance Challenge

The Taconic Crest End-to-End Endurance Challenge, sponsored by the Taconic Crest Hiking Club, is one of the premier fitness events in the greater Northeast. It will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Click here to find out more about how participate in or volunteer for this event.

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.

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