A common pastime of outdoor enthusiasts is collecting edible mushrooms. This endeavor must be pursued with great caution since mistaking a poisonous mushroom for one that is edible can cost you your life. There are many old wives tales that would have you believe that there are easy ways to avoid poisonous mushrooms through blanket […]
Outdoor Safety Tips
The hazards in nature keep us aware…
How do awareness skills increase my level of outdoor safety?
Imagine having the skills of a native scout. The most heightened of awareness and the most intimate knowledge of the land. This was needed for survival.
Though it’s very difficult for us in this modern world to attain the skills a scout had, we can certainly enrich our lives by learning techniques to help us become more fully present and aware. These skills are vital if one wants to have a deeper connection with nature, and a strong sense of safety outdoors.
In this section we will feature many awareness skills that can leader to great outdoor safety, some of which are covered deeply in the Kamana Naturalist Training Program.
Hazards in nature are important to cover here as well. The hazards in nature keep us aware and on our toes.
For some of you, the hazards to outdoor safety may be bears and cougars, for others it might be poison ivy or Lymes disease. Sensory awareness and knowledge of place go hand and hand. Even in our day and age, they are needed for survival.
Poisonous Spiders: The Black Widow When considering poisonous spiders and spider identification, the first one that comes to mind is the black widow. In North America, there are around five species of the Black widow spider. You can easily identify the black widow, especially the female, because of it’s round, bulbous belly. The female black […]
During the warm summer months we love to get outside to soak up Vitamin D and take advantage of all of the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. However, it is important to be aware of the threat of heat illness, like heat exhaustion, and to know how to spot heat exhaustion symptoms. […]
Sometimes the smallest thing can be the biggest problem. One of these tiny problems comes in the form of bees – specifically bee stings. Even if you are not severely allergic to bee stings, it can still be an annoyance with some people experiencing swelling and itching of the site. Whether you are at home […]
Ticks need blood meals in completing their complex life cycle and humans are often the victim of tick bites. There are about 800 species of ticks found throughout the world, but only two classes of ticks can transmit diseases to humans. Read along and find out more about the types of ticks and the common […]
Navigation by way of compass may seem daunting at first to a beginner, but this trepidation shouldn’t stand in the way of learning to use one. In fact, once you learn how to read a compass, it will be a valued friend in the back-country — one you can always count on to help guide […]
Yellow Jacket Stings. These words are enough to make the average American recall memories of checkered tablecloths and picnics, swarmed by black and yellow bodies. Most people view yellowjackets as a pest. While they can be dangerous, they are also incredibly beneficial for your garden, and are a source of food for skunks, bears and […]
Plants are amazing creatures that produce many great benefits for human consumption. We get most of our medicines from plants, our foods and even our beauty products. Still, there are poisonous plants among the wild edible plants that people need to be aware of when it comes to consuming them. To be responsible foragers we […]
A deep need for humans is outdoor safety, the maintenance of life and limb. This is a powerful connecting force with the rest of life! From the sparrow fleeing the hawk, to the caterpillar hiding from the wasp, all creatures share a desire to avoid dangers or hazards. If you hook up electrodes to measure […]
Summertime means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed’s storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal, and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live, north or south, east or west, city or country. When it comes to insect bites treatment, many of the best natural remedies […]