Whats New at Mohawk Hudson AMC
Our summer chapter meeting will be held at the John Boyd Thacher State Park on Thursday, July 14, and will feature a geology hike led by Chuck Ver Straeten, New York State Museum geologist. The hike will illuminate the park's geological history. Please check the event listings to the right for details about the picnic.
On Thursday, February 25th, our Chapter sponsored a program about identifying invasive species in our region. Laurel Gailor, Coordinator for the Capital-Mohawk Partnership for Regional Species Management (PRISM), made the presentation (view it here). A follow-up hike to identify invasive species will take place later in the spring. Included in the hike will be an explanation of how to enter invasive species data into the IMapInvasives Data Base. A training session for entering data into the IMpapInvasives Data base is also available on June 3rd. Please see more information about that training by accessing the
View Trip Activiteslink to the right.
Spring Chapter Meeting on April 19Our Chapter 's Spring quarterly meeting was held at the Town of Colonie 's William K. Sanford Library on April 19th, and featured a great presentation by our guest speaker, Peter W. Kick, based on his most recent book, Desperate Steps, about notable misteps in the woods of the Northeast, and what we can do to avoid them.
Our social media presence continues to grow, with 153 likes on Facebook, and a following of 272 on Meetup. Check us out.
New Conservation Report
John Tifft, our Conservation Chair, has prepared a 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 "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.