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by jason folt
September 6th, 2017, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question re LP Michigan this coming weekends
Replies: 3
Views: 2851

Re: Question re LP Michigan this coming weekends

Unfortunately, I just saw this. I am curious how you did though? August is a tough time of the year in the lower state.

Jason
by jason folt
February 20th, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rogue Year
Replies: 10
Views: 3809

Re: Rogue Year

Nice post. Love all the montanus.

Your Ohio garter looks like sirtalis. It shouldn't be anything else unless you drove 1.5-2 hours from Cleveland.
by jason folt
July 6th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Michigan herpers?
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: Michigan herpers?

There are a few people poking around in various internet spots, although activity here is pretty low. Where are you located?

Jason
by jason folt
March 29th, 2016, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please help Id these salamander remains
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: Please help Id these salamander remains

I agree, tiger. Where are you in Michigan?

Jason
by jason folt
March 21st, 2016, 6:16 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers
Replies: 10
Views: 10247

Re: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers

You can! I have heard people mount them on Fotopro DMM-903, but I can't find the item in stock anywhere. The older crappier, 901 is available. https://twitter.com/entodkb/status/438285283948118016 I would like to create a nikon version of this - http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2012/05/robs-macro-ri...
by jason folt
March 17th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers
Replies: 10
Views: 10247

Re: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers

I have used the diffusers that come with the R1 kit, as well as the small plastic omni-bounces. They help a little, but aren't perfect. I wish there was any easier way to move the diffusers farther away from the surface of the flashes. Do you have specific examples where you used tbe SB700 and the R...
by jason folt
February 22nd, 2016, 7:48 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underwater Photography Question
Replies: 14
Views: 6693

Re: Underwater Photography Question

I'm a housing guy, but understand they aren't practical. I think a POS is your best bet for vernal pool and stream work. Having a small rig in shallow water is helpful. I lugged my housing out to a couple vernals last year and it was too big and cumbersome to do anything.

J
by jason folt
February 22nd, 2016, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?
Replies: 11
Views: 2605

Re: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?

Pretty easy to find anywhere along the river and lake. Are you just looking to see them across the border or collecting more data?

Jason
by jason folt
January 12th, 2016, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lamps (yawn) from your neck of the woods.
Replies: 5
Views: 4693

Re: Lamps (yawn) from your neck of the woods.

Pretty awesome (yawn) stuff! Some real good lookers and some real fugly ones in there. Much rockier terrain than Michigan for sure. We have so little cover to flip I rarely see milks, especially in southern Michigan.

J
by jason folt
January 8th, 2016, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: From your neck of the woods. Caution...Lamp heavy.
Replies: 9
Views: 4722

Re: From your neck of the woods. Caution...Lamp heavy.

I can edit my posts?? Why is that not an option?

I understand your frustration, this one seems fixable though?

J
by jason folt
January 8th, 2016, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: From your neck of the woods. Caution...Lamp heavy.
Replies: 9
Views: 4722

Re: From your neck of the woods. Caution...Lamp heavy.

So close. You have

" [img][img] " to start each of your pics. It should only be one [img]

I didn't want to see a bunch of boring Lamps anyway. Yawn.

J
by jason folt
December 26th, 2015, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, May 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 10308

Re: Costa Rica, May 2015

Great report! In the last pic of B. lateralis "specimen 6" aren't there two specimens?

Jason
by jason folt
December 23rd, 2015, 10:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Michigan after Christmas?
Replies: 2
Views: 2266

Re: Herping in Michigan after Christmas?

Why even pose the question? It sounds like a complete no brainer to get outside. Whether or not I see any herps, I am excited to hike in any warm weather this time of the year, especially if the ground hasn't frozen yet... A herp is just icing on the cake. You won't know unless you try.
by jason folt
October 11th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 4793

Re: Borneo

Awesome shots! What are those wild looking flexible arms? I have been looking for something like that for my R200s for about a year now without any luck.

Nice work!

Jason
by jason folt
July 23rd, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help in Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 2425

Re: Help in Ohio

Your best best is to try one of the state forests, national forests, or state parks within 30 mins or so of Columbus. Should be able to turn up a few snakes, and a bunch of salamanders if you try hiking in a morning and flipping in the creeks and seepages. I've roadcruised vipers in the heat of the ...
by jason folt
July 20th, 2015, 4:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help in Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 2425

Re: Help in Ohio

I've never roadcruised around Columbus in the summer and can't really imagine what you would find. There are exceptions, but roadcruising tends to not be a common method to try in Ohio.

Is there a specific target in mind?

Jason
by jason folt
June 22nd, 2015, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Smallmouth Salamanders around Columbus Ohio
Replies: 5
Views: 2213

Re: RFI: Smallmouth Salamanders around Columbus Ohio

I don't mean to be a downer, but the end of July things are pretty hot and dry down there. I have also only seen them roadcruising in the spring, NW of Columbus. It can probably be done, but that is a pretty hard target out of season.

Good luck,

Jason
by jason folt
April 30th, 2015, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Michigan Spring Finds
Replies: 6
Views: 2212

Re: Some Michigan Spring Finds

Welcome! Where in W. Michigan?

Jason
by jason folt
April 28th, 2015, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Utila Island, Honduras
Replies: 2
Views: 1585

Re: Herping in Utila Island, Honduras

I really enjoyed this series! I was seconds from booking a dive/herp trip to Utila with my wife a couple winters ago. We got pregnant and decided a hard core dive trip with her expecting wasn't quite the right thing to do. Ended up at Bimini as it was easy to get to and easy to get home from. Hondur...
by jason folt
April 27th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 16559

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

I am sure your lecture won't actually sound like your outline, but when I read it "Don't, Don't, Don't" jumped out at me. Your lecture sounds like a lecture. I understand the importance of these points, and my morals fall in line with yours. If I were a kid though, I would think "fieldherping sux. t...
by jason folt
March 31st, 2015, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Migration predictions
Replies: 16
Views: 3061

Re: Migration predictions

Animals were moving last night. If you keep waiting for the perfect night you might miss it.

J
by jason folt
March 15th, 2015, 5:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Thinking of a DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 4682

Re: Thinking of a DSLR

Correct, the D5300 flash unfortunately can not function as a commander. The SB700 can though. If I were you, I would start with the SB700, get used to that a bit, then get the R1 - No need for the C1 this way. If you go R1 first, you need the C1, but I find it impossible to believe you won't end up ...
by jason folt
March 14th, 2015, 6:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Thinking of a DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 4682

Re: Thinking of a DSLR

Trey, Good luck with your new Nikon. The wireless speedlight is a great little kit. It is one of the reasons I chose Nikon way back when. Be aware, there are limitations. You can get "better" lighting using multiple strobes and softboxes. Some people carry these out in the field. I like this setup b...
by jason folt
March 13th, 2015, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Warm Enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 1614

Re: Warm Enough?

Honestly the radar is your friend with the precipitation. Otherwise, you might not want to hear this, but you won't learn for yourself what works unless you get out there and strike out sometime. I find even if I am a little early for the main salamander migration, you still find a few salamanders t...
by jason folt
March 7th, 2015, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central American amphibian Identification help
Replies: 5
Views: 2230

Re: Central American amphibian Identification help

Kfen - I visted Reserva Adolpho Ducke in 2008 and was gifted the guide by some grad students at INPA while I was there. It is a wonderful, if not small, book. I just got a kick out of seeing it pop up here!
by jason folt
March 2nd, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Migration predictions
Replies: 16
Views: 3061

Re: Migration predictions

So close yet so far away. Traditionally April is late, but this winter seems to be shaping up similar to last...

J
by jason folt
February 22nd, 2015, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Graptemys geographica under the ice
Replies: 13
Views: 3321

Re: Graptemys geographica under the ice

Really cool! What are you using for the over under shots though? Also, I can sneak up on a turtle with the best of them, but I can't imagine much success with my UW camera rig. I guess if I actually start bringing my snorkel and mask along I can stay even more stealthy... I have been planning to try...
by jason folt
February 15th, 2015, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 5784

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Finally finished my write up for 2014 for those interested. Sorry I don't have time for separate FHF post. Just sharing it as I mentioned I would.

Costa Rica 2014

Jason
by jason folt
January 21st, 2015, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica - August 2014 - Sarapiqui
Replies: 4
Views: 2536

Re: Costa Rica - August 2014 - Sarapiqui

Chris - Great series. I was there back in June and the frog recordings really took me back. I really enjoyed the Isthmohyla. I saw another species in the genus, a cool couple frogs.

Jason
by jason folt
January 14th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short trip to Panama December 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3756

Re: Short trip to Panama December 2014

Really nice trip! Loved the lizard diversity! I have not been to Panama, or seen Craugastor raniformis, but it doesn't look like a Craugastor to me? Your frog has very prominent dorsolateral folds, which I haven't seen on a Craugastor before. Maybe someone more familiar with Panama frogs could weigh...
by jason folt
January 13th, 2015, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puerto Rico: Lizards (anoles and one ameiva)
Replies: 7
Views: 2027

Re: Puerto Rico: Lizards (anoles and one ameiva)

Really cool. I just spent some time in St. Thomas and photographed some similar animals, a lot less diversity though. I enjoy the mix the Caribbean islands offer.

Jason
by jason folt
January 4th, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for info
Replies: 16
Views: 4082

Re: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for in

Trey - I can understand your concerns. I would argue the NAFHA or herpmapper databases are a wonderful way to still input your data and control who has access to it. It is still all under your control? That being said, I know I don't put my MI or OH data up, so I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite. Jason
by jason folt
January 4th, 2015, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for info
Replies: 16
Views: 4082

Re: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for in

I keep my own database for MI and OH, which I have been doing for long before NAFHA. I tend to share this with the state officials directly. I think you are probably seeing a drop off as many other MI herpers are inputing their data directly in the MI herp atlas which is also online. It's a pain in ...
by jason folt
December 19th, 2014, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rican Toad
Replies: 7
Views: 2128

Re: Costa Rican Toad

Another vote for C. megacephalus. It's a nice big female too. The males are not as mega. Super cool. I have seen a bunch of males, but I have only ever seen one big female. Impressive frogs for sure.

Jason
by jason folt
December 9th, 2014, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 5784

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

I just spent a week at La Selva in June, and spent a few days back there in 2010. As mentioned it is essentially next to Selva Verde, and if my memory serves both connect to the Braullio Corrillo NP so are as remote as it gets. My experience seems to line up with everyone I have spoken with about th...
by jason folt
December 4th, 2014, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more
Replies: 14
Views: 4747

Re: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more

Bill - Too much to single out, but loved every minute of it.

Jason
by jason folt
November 21st, 2014, 11:55 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: flying with camera gear
Replies: 14
Views: 7501

Re: flying with camera gear

I enjoy UW photography a bit on the side. My carryon with my housing, ports, strobes, etc ends up way heavier than my backpack with cameras and lens. As you can imagine, diving takes you all over the world on small puddle jumpers, and this exact question comes up a bunch. A common theme for the came...
by jason folt
October 19th, 2014, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Michigan record gaps
Replies: 10
Views: 2480

Re: Michigan record gaps

Herpers are funny.

I have a few of these, but it takes a specific effort to personally hit every county in a state. Hard to get records this time of year. Maybe in spring.
by jason folt
July 29th, 2014, 12:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oahu: Sea turtles, anoles, day geckos, oh my!
Replies: 9
Views: 2477

Re: Oahu: Sea turtles, anoles, day geckos, oh my!

Really cool. I spent a month on Oahu in 2011 and had fun looking for the same critters. I was able to see all 3 day geckos, but with a lot of work. I had a hell of a time finding the auratus though and did not find them common at all.

Thanks for sharing,

Jason
by jason folt
July 9th, 2014, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reaching out for some herpin'
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Reaching out for some herpin'

Phil, Sorry I never got back to you, I actually forgot about this thread while on vacation. I ended up having to work both Mon and Tues and wouldn't have been able to meet up. I could have tried to point you in a few right directions though. Most of your targets would have been difficult this time o...
by jason folt
July 7th, 2014, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI - Costa Rica advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2138

Re: RFI - Costa Rica advice

Chris, I just returned from a trip and have visited twice. My brother is living in country for a year and has visited 6+ times in the past 4 years. By no means are we experts though, every trip is different. You have a bunch of questions and I would be glad to help the best I can. Email or a phone c...
by jason folt
July 5th, 2014, 4:15 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Thinking of a DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 4682

Re: Thinking of a DSLR

Nikon D7000s are also to be had pretty cheaply right now and are pretty awesome for their pricepoint. What do people you herp with shoot? Or do you have close friends/family with DLSRs? If you can hold their camera, play with menus or even take it for a day of herping it will really help you solidif...
by jason folt
July 5th, 2014, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4871

Re: Costa Rica 2014

I was actually looking for an honest answer. I am not trying to fish for a fight, that isn't how I am wired. If you post a picture like that surely you know someone is going to ask? I also just returned from Costa Rica last week. We visited different areas, but you saw some really awesome snakes and...
by jason folt
July 3rd, 2014, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reaching out for some herpin'
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Reaching out for some herpin'

When will you be in Detroit and what are you hoping to see?

J
by jason folt
July 3rd, 2014, 7:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Replies: 2
Views: 908

Re: Herping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Sorry, haven't been up there in over 15 years. Some neat things to be seen though. Good luck.

J
by jason folt
July 3rd, 2014, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4871

Re: Costa Rica 2014

Some really interesting species there, but why pin/handle Bothrops? Or maybe just, why post pictures of yourself doing such? I don't really get it I guess.

J
by jason folt
May 9th, 2014, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Spottie success
Replies: 7
Views: 1877

Re: April Spottie success

Really cool! I had seen spotties at a couple toledo area spots years back, but never in numbers like that. I have targeted them myself heavily the past month here in MI, but have missed much of the "good" weather. Plenty in one spot, but skunked at a small population I discovered a couple years ago,...
by jason folt
April 13th, 2014, 6:33 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash options for Nikon D3200?
Replies: 7
Views: 4146

Re: Flash options for Nikon D3200?

Do not waste money on the wireless flash commander, it just doesn't give you enough options. What I would recommend to maximize your options of flash control is actually to get 2 SB700s. A second sb700 is less than 100 more than the commander, and you get a second usable flash. The SB700 has a comma...
by jason folt
April 8th, 2014, 6:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamandering with the kids
Replies: 1
Views: 1084

Re: Salamandering with the kids

Super cool. The smokies rock. I am little bit north of you but have only seen male tigers in pools so far, no females, spermatophores or egg masses yet. I hear ya on the turtles. My favorite quarry here up north. If I could bottle up april/may conditions and vegetation and just look for turtles cons...
by jason folt
April 5th, 2014, 9:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 9603

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Jefferson, Last night definitely was not the night. Don't give up. I was stupid enough to hike in the same conditions - mid30s with sleet and snow. Some salamanders were out but it was by no means an easy/good night. The movement has still yet to happen. Last night was also even worse for roadcruisi...