Whatís New at Mohawk Hudson AMCThe Holiday season is upon us, with its usual stresses. Take time to get outdoors and relieve that stress. Donít let cold weather deter you. Remember the slogan: ďThere is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate equipment and clothingĒ. Dress in layers and protect exposed skin.
We have three Saturday outings in December, and at least one weekday outing to encourage you to get outdoors. Check the calendar on the right side of the page for signup info.
Why not start 2014 off by participating in our annual New Yearís Day event? Join us for an easy outing in Schodack Island State Park, followed by a pot luck lunch and brief meeting at Dee and Frank Windís house. This is one of our most popular events, a superb opportunity to meet other members and to make plans for 2014. Check out the link at right for details.
Are you new to the site or the Chapter? Click here to learn more about us.
As you plan for 2014, consider getting more involved with us. If you are not yet an AMC member join here and get a 20% discount If you are already a member, consider taking part as a volunteer. Contact one of our Executive Committee members for more information about volunteer opportunities. Volunteering with AMC Mohawk Hudson can be rewarding and fulfilling.
Our chapter is present on social media. You can like us on Facebook or check out our new page at Meetup.com.
Autumn is Hunting SeasonHikers should be aware of the hunting regulations in the areas they are visiting during the autumn to early winter season. We are lucky to be in a region that has great hiking trails in three states. However, each of these states has slightly different calendars for their seasons. New York, of course, is most complex as we live near the dividing line of DECís designated Northern and Southern regions where hunting schedules differ. Check the chapter web site for links to New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts regulations and dates before venturing out.
Wear blaze orange in the woods during the fall. Blaze orange clothing should visible from both front and back. Avoid wearing brown or white. Dogs should also have blaze colors. Make your presence known to hunters. Be particularly careful in valleys.
NYS Pocket Summary 2013-14 Hunting Seasons
VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife 2013-14 Calendar
MA White-tailed Deer 2013 Hunting Season
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.