Whats New at Mohawk Hudson AMC
AMC Conservation Concerns
AMC is encouraging its members to express concerns about the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, because he " has consistently acted to undermine the universal values at the heart of EPA's mission: clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment." Visit our Conservation page for more information and suggestions for taking action.
Presentation and Spring Chapter Meeting on April 2
Walt McLaughlin, a Vermont outdoorsman and the author of more than a dozen nature-related books, will be the featured speaker at the Mohawk Hudson Chapter's spring chapter meeting, which will be held on Sunday April 2, at 2 pm, at the East Greenbush Town Library (10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061). McLaughlin will give a slide presentation of his experiences hiking through the Adirondacks on the Northville-Placid Trail. He will also talk about the importance of wildness to being human. A brief chapter meeting will wrap up the afternoon's event.
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New Conservation Report
John Tifft, our Conservation Chair, has updated his report about some of the environmental and conservation challanges facing us in the Capital Region. Check out John 's report on our Conservation Page.
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.