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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ontario Trails - Office Closed July 16-22

Hi everyone. the run is in a week and we are...
Stephen Nelles2:45pm Jul 9
Hi everyone. the run is in a week and we are pushing for a little more sponsorships. Please copy the url to your facebook and see if some of your friends will be willing to sponsor me in my run.

hoping it's not as hot as last year!
What Hikers Must Know!
Lyme Disease is on the increase this year, it is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (deer ticks). It can cause a rash that looks like a red bull's eye, as well as flu-like symptoms. Left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the heart, nervous system or joints, but if caught early can generally be treated successfully.
Outdoor enthusiasts and those who work outdoors are at higher risk of being exposed to Lyme disease, especially if they spend time in wooded areas, tall shrubs or tall grass that may be tick-infested.
The EOHU advises those who spend time outdoors and in higher risk areas such as wooded areas, tall shrubs or tall grass to follow these precautions to lower their risk:
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and on all exposed skin. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for safe use.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks and closed footwear (avoid sandals or open shoes). Light-coloured clothing is best because it makes ticks easier to see and remove before they can attach to feed.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Examine your body for ticks after being in an area where there’s tall grass or shrubs, or where ticks are known to live. Showering after can also help remove ticks that have not yet attached.
  • Remove any attached ticks with tweezers. If possible, take the tick to the EOHU, where it will be sent away for species identification and, if necessary, tested for Lyme disease.
  • Pets may bring ticks into the house. Consult your vet about how you can protect your pet from ticks.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease (especially a bull’s eye rash).
They can't fly, ticks are mostly just a nuisance. They silently and painlessly bite their way into your skin where they suck up your blood. Usually, you find them before they start eating because it takes them awhile to find a good spot and then work their fangs into you.

Removing Ticks
There are many home-grown ways to remove ticks, from burning to covering in fingernail polish - all of them are bad ideas. The best way to remove a tick is:
  • Wipe the wound area with an alcohol wipe.
  • Grasp the tick with a sharp pointed tweezers right down where it is entering your skin.
  • Pull it straight away from your skin with a slow, steady pressure. Don't yank it; don't twist it; don't rock it back and forth.
  • Even removing the tick as efficiently as possible may leave some of its mouthparts in your skin. If this happens, pinch up a fold of skin that contains the bite area and carefully scrape the skin containing the mouth parts with a scalpel or razor blade. Or, use a sterilized needle to break the skin and remove the mouth.
  • It's very important to thoroughly clean the wound with antiseptic.
  • If you're concerned with the possibility of Lyme Disease, keep the tick in a film canister or between a piece of folded tape and take it to a public health lab for inspection.
Hiking 2012 season has been very success and adventurous, the next hike coming up is Warsaw Caves for hiking or caving to sign up for.

Heather Walter, Hiking Buddy Organizer, Inner Balance Coach

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Spent the day at a new trail me and my buddy found, it's at 410 and 407. Spend almost all day in the trails. Couple mud pits Some river crossings,


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Trails Education Courses 2012

Trail Education Courses -  23 Sessions and Counting We have it all - 14 modules - and soon On-Line! Book Today.
Course Calendar  - click the link on the course name to download the flyer for that course!
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Register - click on your choice, register on-line 
Courses are for information and knowledge exchange purposes only. All courses are offered on a first come first serve basis. Instructors reserve the right to limit class sizes. Courses may be offered more than once in the calendar year. Some minimum student levels are necessary to run certain courses, so offered courses may change without notice

Info about the Rouge National Park. Parks Canada are looking for public input on the creation of the new Rouge Park:
Parks Canada has an online survey:


Looking for a great daytrip this summer? Why not explore Carolinian Canada by visiting our Signature Sites and Big Picture Sites? These are all significant natural areas across the Carolinian Zone. The good stewardship efforts of individuals and groups who have protected, enhanced, and restored these areas have been celebrated through distinctive plaques at some of the sites.
Whether you have a favourite local site, or you have decided to explore a new one take a photo and share your story on our Facebook page! Everyone who posts photos or stories will be entered into a draw to win some fun Carolinian Canada prizes at the end of the summer!

The list of sites, descriptions and locations can be found on our website at Carolinian Sites, and Big Picture Network. Some are on private property, so you may need permission to access them.
So, are you in? Grab your camera, get out there, and explore our natural heritage!

Thanks to the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Parks Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada and a host of other partners for supporting our programs to "Green the Future of southwestern Ontario".
Sarah Hodgkiss - Program Manager

We can take credit card numbers now for the...
Ken Price1:50pm Jul 9
We can take credit card numbers now for the membership if that makes it easier :-) We will turn the card info over to Conservation with your membership info and they will run the card through when they process your HCA membership. We basically just need Name, CC type, CC number, expiry date and the 3-digit validation number on the back.
The HST on the $56.75 is 13% so the total cost to you is $64.13

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