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by Verhoodled
July 20th, 2014, 2:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Prez Needed, Wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 1990

New Prez Needed, Wanted

Hey folks, farewell. I'm bugging out of the NAFHA. Permanently. Higher priorities elsewhere, with a local wildlife rescue, the standalone HERP db, and the AHA, and several non-wildlife charities. A ton of good causes, but so little time, the AZ chapter of the NAFHA is the absolute last of them on my...
by Verhoodled
July 20th, 2014, 1:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 217519

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Verhoodled wrote: [ Personally, I could care less if one wants to collect, it is not my business. But to think that collecting does not hurt wild populations is laughable. Sure, if one person collected one animal it would not hurt. However, it is not one person, it is many. Of coarse a collector do...
by Verhoodled
July 20th, 2014, 12:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190620

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Threads like this make me cast the first Yea towards nuking these forums and chapters. A simple question devolves into political bipartisan slander. An abortion of the concept of free an open discussion to facilitate the pursuit of enlightened discussion. Everybody owes the thread originator an apol...
by Verhoodled
July 17th, 2014, 11:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple interesting recent finds...
Replies: 22
Views: 5661

Re: Couple interesting recent finds...

I love it when herps make my head spin upon what little I know. I may be down your way in the next week or two. I'll reach out if you're about. I'd love to hook up if you're around. If not, we'll hook up next time.
by Verhoodled
July 17th, 2014, 11:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple interesting recent finds...
Replies: 22
Views: 2030

Re: Couple interesting recent finds...

I love it when herps make my head spin upon what little I know. I may be down your way in the next week or two. I'll reach out if you're about. I'd love to hook up if you're around. If not, we'll hook up next time.
by Verhoodled
July 15th, 2014, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple interesting recent finds...
Replies: 22
Views: 5661

Re: Couple interesting recent finds...

Terrific finds Terry! Especially that hobartsmithi. I had no idea they went that high.
by Verhoodled
July 15th, 2014, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple interesting recent finds...
Replies: 22
Views: 2030

Re: Couple interesting recent finds...

Terrific finds Terry! Especially that hobartsmithi. I had no idea they went that high.
by Verhoodled
July 12th, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 10,000 Record club?
Replies: 17
Views: 6262

Re: 10,000 Record club?

See a county sans a record, jump on it! Sans apology. My area suffers from Hubbsitis, a condition where all available counties within 500-700 miles have herp vouchers due to some guy named Brian. So, if you can do your part to stem the spread it would be an invaluable service. Seeing a county Hubbs ...
by Verhoodled
July 12th, 2014, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping (practice pics)
Replies: 14
Views: 2963

Re: Backyard Herping (practice pics)

Whether from a herping or gardening perspective, I will attest Terry has the ultimate yard. A-list herps are lined up 10 deep every morning just for entrance to his abode. (*Or so I've heard.) Terry, I should be down your way in the next week or two and hope we can cross paths. Will drop you a line ...
by Verhoodled
July 11th, 2014, 11:10 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 314290

Re: What was your last lifer?...

It was going to be the black hawk. But then another funny borderland S. AZ bird showed up. And for most of our 3 hour hike, we were never out of earshot of one. We saw 6 males and at least 4 females.

Sure dresses funny for an Arizonan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZuoGcLP0g

Elegant Trogon
by Verhoodled
July 11th, 2014, 11:03 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Special Recognition For Brian Hubbs Reaching 10,000 Records
Replies: 13
Views: 5936

Re: Special Recognition For Brian Hubbs Reaching 10,000 Reco

I tried being you Hubbs. I got the hat, the books, the secret herping vitamins and herbal supplements. Heck, I even got to meet the author of your books! (Says he knows you, btw.) But the awesomeness was just too much. Truth is, there can be only one! :lol: PS, let me get to 5k records before you hi...
by Verhoodled
July 11th, 2014, 10:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

I really like that double-dip idea, Chris. I think you're speaking the right language there, as Reason and Science only leads to brick walls on politicians' ears. Anything that involves a good faith effort at giving gilas the fair shot that desert tortoises and saguaros get is ideal. Odder still, th...
by Verhoodled
July 8th, 2014, 7:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Amen Hubbs. Money is the reason they are protected in AZ. There is zero biological reason. Developers pay a fine (rhymes with bounty) for the estimated # of gilas on any land tract that developers bulldoze. Given the uncontrolled development in AZ, one would think they'd be running a million dollar ...
by Verhoodled
July 8th, 2014, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanted -Brown Vinesnake Oxybelis aeneus observations
Replies: 4
Views: 2191

Re: Wanted -Brown Vinesnake Oxybelis aeneus observations

I've one vouchered from last year, and another recorded that I deleted from HERP, lacking the photo voucher. In this case, I may re-enter it, as it is from an area that had wildfire activity, and was 4 months after one such fire. I anticipate a few more records this year. I was just in their area, b...
by Verhoodled
July 8th, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 26
Views: 6486

Re: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Awesome work Dave! :thumb: To AZ chapter members who are attending: Is anyone willing to ferry the DORs collected to the Tucson area? I'm more than happy meet up to make the drop-off at the U of A. I can even supply a cooler and ice packs for the occasion, if needed. I've folks visiting from in-town...
by Verhoodled
July 8th, 2014, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pitfall Trap Volunteers Needed
Replies: 0
Views: 952

Pitfall Trap Volunteers Needed

Via the sharp attentiveness from one of our former serving AZ Officers comes this assistance request, looking for volunteers to help check pitfall traps. "My name is Emily [l ast name edited out -Monty ]. I'm a graduate student at Ohio University and am collecting data for my master's thesis this su...
by Verhoodled
July 8th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Data Request: July, 8 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

New Data Request: July, 8 2014

We're in demand! A new data request for AZ records has come in: http://www.naherp.com/user/view-data-request.php?dr_id=57 If you have records associated with the request an email was sent to your email address on record. If, like me, you haven't updated your email address on record in quite awhile, ...
by Verhoodled
June 29th, 2014, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wildfires: Summer 2014 Edition
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Wildfires: Summer 2014 Edition

Also, bring earthquake repellent. Had a 5.2 Saturday night near Safford.

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2589 ... rn-arizona
by Verhoodled
June 28th, 2014, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wildfires: Summer 2014 Edition
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Wildfires: Summer 2014 Edition

Nature's cleanser is off to a roaring start at the kick-off of summer. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/ is a good resource to consult while planning an outing, if only to confirm that your destination isn't ablaze, recently blazed, or in the path of a spreading fire. The Oak Canyon fire has been bur...
by Verhoodled
June 21st, 2014, 11:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanted: IB At Large
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

Re: Wanted: IB At Large

Awesome! Thanks for taking the role, Kris.

Take a blue speck out of petty cash as a measure of gratitude.

:thumb:
by Verhoodled
June 13th, 2014, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Going to the Heloderm bible by Beck (Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards -- a must read for anybody who loves these brutes) its status is an interesting story. It actually was listed under the ESA in the 70s, but was then removed from the list as more info became available. Today it is only ...
by Verhoodled
June 13th, 2014, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Interesting. Here it says they are federally protected. http://www.arizona-leisure.com/gila-monster.html Here it says they are not: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/reptiles/gilamonster/ They are listed in CITES in appendix II as near threatened. So, there you have it. They are federally ...
by Verhoodled
June 12th, 2014, 11:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Although not on the agenda, I'll still be writing in to comment on gila's protected status. Neither endangered, nor rare, it's legal for anybody to run them over on roadways, legal for developers to write a check to cover the fines for the estimated number on the land to be bulldozed, but are illeg...
by Verhoodled
June 12th, 2014, 11:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Per the Federal Wildlife Service, they are protected in all states in which they are found, but are not protected by the Federal government.

http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/spe ... lamonster/

http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/prof ... pcode=C03L
by Verhoodled
June 8th, 2014, 12:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanted: IB At Large
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

Re: Wanted: IB At Large

I'd like to nominate Kris H. (azatrox) if he'll accept the role of AZ's IB-At-Large rep. He's been a staunch defender of AZ herpers' interests and proper field and safety practices. I've personally learned tons from him, not just about herps, but also about herps, nature in general, and certainly ph...
by Verhoodled
June 7th, 2014, 11:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: sustained pretty decent bite/ northern black racer. OPINIONS
Replies: 47
Views: 8665

Re: sustained pretty decent bite/ northern black racer. OPIN

I'm glad you're out of the woods with the bite. That didn't sound fun. The racer was likely poorly trained in how to bite people. But if I'm following the story arc correctly, you should be developing superpowers in coming weeks. Stake out a remote secret lair where you can learn and hone in your ne...
by Verhoodled
June 7th, 2014, 10:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation
Replies: 16
Views: 3875

Re: AZGF - Comments sought on reptile, amphibian regulation

Thanks for posting those, Dave. :beer: This is a great time to speak up, folks. Take a respectful tone and appeal to Reason. Although not on the agenda, I'll still be writing in to comment on gila's protected status. Neither endangered, nor rare, it's legal for anybody to run them over on roadways, ...
by Verhoodled
June 5th, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanted: IB At Large
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

Wanted: IB At Large

Is anyone interested in the IB At Large for AZ? Currently, AZ has only one IB member, so our chapter's voting power in IB affairs is currently at 50%.

The role involves participating in IB votes and discussions in NAFHA business. No heavy lifting or typing speed requirements.
by Verhoodled
May 29th, 2014, 11:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When Should I Come to AZ in Spring?
Replies: 15
Views: 3922

Re: When Should I Come to AZ in Spring?

We had 3 raindrops today. Unsubstantiated are reports that we had 9 raindrops on the back patio of my house. Still, these are the teasing conditions we can expect until the rain gods open up. Which in Tucson lately has been in concert with the 7/4 fireworks, twice in the past 5 years, enough to post...
by Verhoodled
May 29th, 2014, 11:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chiricahuas Nat'l Monument Fee-Free in '14
Replies: 1
Views: 1210

Chiricahuas Nat'l Monument Fee-Free in '14

Chiricahua Nat'l Monument is fee-free, campgrounds and all, thru Sept. 30, 2014, due to low usage.

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2562 ... for-summer
by Verhoodled
May 29th, 2014, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sad News: Carl Koch
Replies: 1
Views: 1917

Sad News: Carl Koch

It with sadness I report that we've lost a great person, who was much, much more than just a great herper, Carl Koch. I didn't know him. But he was top of the list of those I wished I did. http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=19635&p=223848 You might recall him from his incredible...
by Verhoodled
May 29th, 2014, 10:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: goodbye carl
Replies: 38
Views: 13840

Re: goodbye carl

No, no, no, no... Never met or knew him. Hoped to, expected to, some day. Life is long, right? Plenty of time to cross paths, right? Take this as a reason to say hello or thank you to all who somehow brightened your path that you've yet to connect with, in whatever field. I've done that with numerou...
by Verhoodled
April 26th, 2014, 9:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gopher snake rescue....
Replies: 17
Views: 4758

Re: Gopher snake rescue....

Nice save, Terry! :thumb: Chicken wire can be the worst for herps. My stepfather had a 6 foot black rat snake caught in his rent-a-garden-plot years ago where only chicken wire was allowed for fencing. The snake was cut by the wire, and could have easily bit my stepfather as he clipped out the wire ...
by Verhoodled
April 17th, 2014, 9:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Accidental Brahiminys
Replies: 0
Views: 1033

Accidental Brahiminys

Something to keep an eye out for if you cruise well-irrigated neighborhoods in the Phoenix area. http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff98/Verhoodled/Temp-AZ-blind_zpsecad469a.jpg There have been a few records for Brahiminy Blind Snakes in AZ, but none in the NaHerp DB (as far as I'm aware). They've b...
by Verhoodled
April 17th, 2014, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: National Park Week, April 19-27
Replies: 1
Views: 954

National Park Week, April 19-27

There is free admission to all national parks this week from April 19 to 27. It's a prime time to enjoy some of AZ's finest parks, before temps head too far north.

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2449 ... is-weekend
by Verhoodled
April 3rd, 2014, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

Sorry for the late notice folks, I'm out for the Sabino get together. I just bought a new place, a property perfect for crotes, gilas, bobcat, raptors, bats, and songbirds, and inspection is Sunday. With the move ahead, my formal herp planning is washed out until mid-summer or whenever my corral dus...
by Verhoodled
April 2nd, 2014, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

That's correct Terry. Sunday 4/6, 9AM at the visitor's center. The shuttles don't start moving until 9:30 at the earliest, I believe.
by Verhoodled
March 30th, 2014, 12:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

Sorry you can't make it, Dave. Hopefully we'll catch up soon.

No sweat nor rush, Janine. It's open invite.
by Verhoodled
March 27th, 2014, 8:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

Good call about timing, Terry. So -- Let's all shoot for 9:00 AM. The first shuttle leaves into the canyon at 9:30. I'm usually out of the canyon by 1pm, due to the high sun. So Dave, if you have to bolt early, I'll likely be there with you, although I may hang at the visitor center after to chat wi...
by Verhoodled
March 25th, 2014, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

Should we push the trip to late April/early May, and on a Saturday? That might allow for higher AM temps in the canyon, and more prospects for herps. And perhaps a few more herpers. Currently the Sabino Parking lot is packed quickly on weekends. A later spring outing would thin out the parking lot a...
by Verhoodled
March 23rd, 2014, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8183

Re: Sabino Trip

Does Sunday, April 6th @ 10AM at the Visitor Center work? That should give us time to get into the canyon before the desert starts warming up. The park opens at 8:30 AM. Trams run every half hour. If that week is particularly hot, 9-9:30 might be a better call. Trams start running around 9:30. I wil...
by Verhoodled
March 15th, 2014, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monster
Replies: 3
Views: 3045

Re: Gila Monster

Fantastic finds! Looks like you're having a fun spring already. Quite a lot of black on that gila. I've yet to see one of the darker patterned gilas in the wild. The tones on that collared is incredible. I still have yet to voucher one. So many herps, so little time. :beer:
by Verhoodled
February 25th, 2014, 10:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?
Replies: 29
Views: 7326

Re: Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?

Awesome article. I'd read about this before, but found it fascinating to read the relationship in further detail. My lone quibble with the article is with the description of blind snakes resembling "large earthworms." An average earthworm dwarfs the largest of blindsnakes by quite a considerable deg...
by Verhoodled
February 16th, 2014, 11:26 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: First Annual NAFHA Summer Herp Count Flyers
Replies: 3
Views: 2337

Re: First Annual NAFHA Summer Herp Count Flyers

Nicely done! Thanks for your work on those, captainjack! :thumb:
by Verhoodled
February 15th, 2014, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 6241

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

LOL, wish you'd been there to see it, Steve. Thanks Terry. I did the cliche' double-take when the curious black-orange pattern registered in my brain. I repeatedly asked what he was doing out and about, sleepwalking maybe? But he didn't say. I think late March/early April was my earliest find with t...
by Verhoodled
February 15th, 2014, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 3023

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

LOL, wish you'd been there to see it, Steve. Thanks Terry. I did the cliche' double-take when the curious black-orange pattern registered in my brain. I repeatedly asked what he was doing out and about, sleepwalking maybe? But he didn't say. I think late March/early April was my earliest find with t...
by Verhoodled
February 11th, 2014, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 6241

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Keep an eye out for the resident Heloderms in your yard this warm spell. I found a funny pumpkin gecko on a hike this afternoon. The earliest I've seen by over a month.

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by Verhoodled
February 11th, 2014, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 3023

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Keep an eye out for the resident Heloderms in your yard this warm spell. I found a funny pumpkin gecko on a hike this afternoon. The earliest I've seen by over a month.

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