Asian Long-Horned Tick

One more crappy reason to still enjoy the outdoors: The Asian long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is spreading rapidly along the Eastern Seaboard. It has been found in seven states and in the heavily populated suburbs of New York City. At the moment, public health experts say they are concerned, but…

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If a Tree Falls…Other Trees Hear It

“In a single footstep there are over 300 miles of  fungal cells stacked end-on-end moving stuff around…a super highway” moving stuff between trees. The trees communicate and share resources through that network, and even across species. They aren’t speciesist, they are mutualists, interdependent cooperators. If humans could only learn from…

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Trail-Marker Trees

While I am generally a consummate skeptic, and I think there are certainly natural explanations for these trees, I “think” there my be some validity to this phenomenon. Although I’ve yet to see anything convincing to ‘prove’ (in a Bayes’ Theorem like way) that these are truly what some people…

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Tick Information and Safety

Ticks can harbor: Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi), from Ixodes species including deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) Less common: Babesiosis protozoa (Babesia), from Ixodes scapularis Ehrlichiosis bacteria (Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii bacterial), from Lone Star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), as well as Making People Allergic To Meat Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:…

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Dangerous Trail Wildlife

Wildlife can be as as potentially dangerous as people, but like people, they usually aren’t dangerous until poked, prodded, or cajoled. The Golden Rule of Wildlife Encounters: Leave wildlife in peace, and you might leave in one piece. Don’t expect wildlife to treat you as you want to be treated,…

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Down with Goose Down

It’s getting cold, but there are alternative to bird down: Prima Loft Reviews- down-alternative-comforters Thermore- down-alternatives Aerogel Down Comforters: Animal Cruelty Dependent Upon Where You Buy FAO on Down feathers Science continues to discover new insights into the world of how animals think, act, and feel. While geese are not…

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Attie- A Trail Dog

Recently a good canine friend of mine (actually Chris’ dog from Tahawus Trails, and The Jolly Rovers) got bitten by a snake at the job site she frequents, a copperhead I believe. Thankfully she recovered to her normal rambunctious self…and learned something. Attie and I often play, as her playful…

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