Wild Fall Harvest

Persimmon, Paw paw, and Hickory Nut - 9/2019

Finding edible native plants to eat (foraging) can be a valuable skill. Identifying edible fruits, nuts, and fungi can add something special to your next hike, even if you don't plan to eat them. Here are some suggestions for a few edible plants found around the Mid-Atlantic.

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Ticks, and why to check for them

A day after my previous exploration, I discovered what most outdoorsmen/women fear discovering a day after a hike: ticks.

I found not one but two ticks near my, how do you say it, nether regions. The second of which I actually found two days later, which goes to show: even after a thorough search, these little arachnids can be difficult to detect.

I bring up this topic because even if you are already aware of the danger that ticks present, I’m willing to bet that a large portion of the population does not know what can happen after just one tick bite.

With that being said, here are a few basics about ticks and why they are a concern:

  • Ticks are very small arachnids (related to spiders) that bite and attach themselves to the surface of your skin.
  • Ticks feed predominantly on the blood of warm-blooded animals (birds and mammals). This includes humans.
  • Ticks are vectors for several diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease
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