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SUBMITTED by Rich Sensenbach, Adirondack Mountain Club (17-Jan-2011)

Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club
Eisenhart Auditorium
Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue

Wednesday February 16

7:30 Program – Wayne Gall: The Deer Tick & Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most frequent tick-borne infection of humans in the United States. During each of the last ten years approximately 4,000-5,600 cases of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in New York State alone. Lyme disease, and the deer tick that transmits the causative bacterium, historically have been most prevalent on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. However as part of a recent statewide effort, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) initiated field surveillance for the deer tick in the western 17 counties of New York State. Wayne Gall, Western Regional Entomologist for NYSDOH, will present the results of surveillance conducted during Fall 2008 and 2009. These results demonstrate not only the presence of deer ticks in a number of the western counties, but infection rates for the Lyme disease bacterium in those ticks that range as high as approximately 31-44%. In addition to discussing the epidemiology of Lyme disease and the biology of the deer tick, Wayne will relate protective measures that you can take to reduce your risk of acquiring this tick-borne illness during your outdoor activities.

Wayne Gall has been Western Regional Entomologist for the NYSDOH in Buffalo since 2001. Prior to that he served on the staff of the Buffalo Museum of Science for nearly 19 years, first as Administrator of the Museum's Tifft Nature Preserve (1983-1987) and then as Research Fellow and Curator of Entomology (1987-2001). Wayne earned his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Toronto, M.S. in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and B.A. in Biology at SUNY Buffalo. Wayne and his wife, Susan, have three children and are long-time members of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of ADK.

6:30 Workshop – Outdoor Cooking with Erv Tschanz
Food you eat on backpacking trips does not have to be boring! Erv Tschanz will show us how to prepare backpacking meals that are out of the ordinary! He will share his cooking and dehydrating techniques utilizing a variety of goods available in a local grocery store. You will learn to make meals that are very tasty.

This event is free and open to the public
For more information, call the club hotline at 987-1717 or www.gvc-adk.org
The meeting is handicapped accessible and interpreters for the deaf are available by calling 394-5856 one week before the meeting.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is the second largest chapter with almost 3,000 members. We offer local area hikes every weekend and events for all seasons as well. Event information is available at www.gvc-adk.org or by calling the chapter hotline at 987-1717.

Wednesday March 9

7:30 Program – Ron Newell: Black Bears in Western NY

Come join Ron Newell, Fish and Wildlife Technician III with the DEC's Bureau of Wildlife, as he talks about his 35+ years working in the field of wildlife management - the last 20 years working with the Black Bear Research Team. Ron's work takes him on winter 'den visits' with radio collaring of bears for home range and expansion information. And when there are wildlife problems in the northern part of Region 8, he is on call to manage these issues 24/7! Ron is truly passionate about his work, his family and the community he impacts.

Please let me know if you need more information on any of these subjects.


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