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by Richard F. Hoyer
February 16th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21421

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Jonathan, I agree that science is seldom settled. My identifying a new species of Contia could be overturned sometime in the future with additional discoveries. The examples I related were to demonstrate that a large majority of individuals, including professionals can be, and have been wrong. Thus,...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 14th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21421

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Jonathon, With respect to your initial question, I do not understand. I have stressed that in order to reach an informed position, one should examine all sides of an issue. With many individuals already believing that global warming is caused by humans, the two links I posted provide some alternativ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 13th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21421

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Jonathan, I am acutely aware of of how federal bureaucracies work having once been an employee with the USDA. You don’t dare rock the boat / make waves if you value having a chance for a step pay increase, promotions, etc. Consequently, I am inclined to give more credence to the research findings fr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 5th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21421

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

I see a number of issues that emerged in this thread. 1) Environmentalism / Conservation 2) Scientific integrity. (Can there be a difference between scientists that work governments versus scientists that are independent of government?) 3) U.N. credibility and integrity. (Is the U.N. and IPCC truly ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 30th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: Start of 2019 field season

Bill, I am not into herping amphibians but merely ecounter frogs, toads, and salamanders incidental to my field efforts with snakes. But here on the west coast, amphibitans can be found all months of the year despending on species and localities being searched. This is particularly true I believe fo...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 30th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Start of 2019 field season

Yesterday, Jan. 29., I observed one adult male Rubber Boa and four Common Sharp-tailed Snakes. Every years since 1971, my field season, here in northwestern Oregon, has begun during the months of January or February.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 11th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the sequel
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the seq

Kelly, Porter, In reviewing may mental notes, I recall observing some juvenile C. tenuis coiled in grass or on the small gravel piles I use as capture sites. So one explanation for observing C. tenuis on the surface is where the species occurs in high densities. I recall having two other reports of ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 10th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the sequel
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the seq

Porter, I am not certain if I have ever observed a Sharp-tailed Snake on the surface. But because they occur in grassland habitat without any natural cover objects under which to thermo-regulate, it stands to reason the species would coil up in grass to do so. I know they do come to the surface at t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 8th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the sequel
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: 2018 End of Year, End of Flickr, & On to Video - the seq

Porter,
Unforutnately, my computer will not show all of your photographs. But what does come up are very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 3rd, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 1783

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

dendrelaphis,
Forest Sharp-tailed Snakie (Contia longicauda)

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 25th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 1783

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

Very nice narrative!
I can relate to your discovery having once documented a new species of snake here in western N. America.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 15th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Mitch Mulks may have information pertaining to boas in Monterey County. The last two e-mail addresses I had for Mitch aare no longer in use.

If anyone knows of Mitch's where abouts, could you please contact hin and ask him to get in touch with me.

Thanks. Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 11th, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

FH, I now have four sightings of the Rubber Boa in the Santa Lucia Range south of Carmel. Beside the DOR on Hwy. 1 you found, there is a 1952 note in Herpetologica of a boa being observed in Bixby Canyon, a boa observed on Palo Colorado Rd., and three boas observed near a USGS Field Station. What is...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 7th, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Found another example of the Rubber Boa occurring south of Carmel in the Coast Range. Burger, L.W. Herpetologica, Vol.8, Part 1, March 22,1952 "A Southern-most Coast Range Locality For CHARINA BOTTAE" The author states he found a large female in Bixby Canyon about 20 miles SE of Monterey. Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 4th, 2018, 10:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Jimi, Your points are understood. I have surmised (guessing) that both surface and subsurface humidity likely are important factors as well as condensation. I have found boas on cool mornings with tiny bead of water on their body due to condensation. And I have wondered if snakes (lizards) have some...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 4th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Correction: That should have been 1906 earthquake and fire in S.F.
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 3rd, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

FH, I concur with your views as they pretty much match my understanding. The environmental constraints that govern the distributions of species mostly go unknown. For the Rubber Boa, I have surmised there exists some minimum level of available moisture that is critical for its survival. As the speci...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 2nd, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

FH Am I correct that the DOR boa was found in about 1999 or 2000? I had barrowed all of the MVZ vouchered boas at around 2000 and that specimen wasn’t amongst them. So if found and donated in 1999 or 2000, the specimen had yet to be processed and placed with the other vouchered boas at the MVZ. Besi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 30th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Rubber Boas in Monterey County

In Lawrence Klauber’s 1943 paper where he described the new subspecies, Charina bottae umbratica, Southern Rubber Boa, he mentioned that the Rubber Boa had not been found in the Coast Range south of Carmel nor south of Sequoia Nat. Park in the Sierras. I have prepared a draft of some of my finding o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 34302

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Jeff, Back in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, I was in contact with a high school student from Richmond (I believe), Alexander K. Johnson, who found a fair number of boas in the vicinity of San Pablo reservoir / Tilden Regional Park. I believe the elevations where Alexander found the species was at...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 31st, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 34302

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

That should have been, ‘one vouchered Rubber Boa from Mt. Hamilton’ in the collections I examined. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fieldherper, I only visited the Mt. Hamilton area once when my father took me trout fishing along some creek in t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 29th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 34302

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Owen, In around 2000, I examined all vouchered Rubber Boas from the major institutions in Calif. Just from memory, I believe there was one vouchered Rubber Boa in either the CAS or MVZ collections. A number of years ago, a herper on this forum either in a post or more like in a private message indic...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 26th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 24
Views: 16967

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

In the early 2000’s, I examined all vouchered specimens from Marin Co. and all were the Common Sharp-tailed Snake, Contia tenuis. That species occurs on both the eastern and western sides Marin County. I once visited individuals that lived just outside of Bolinas on the coastal side who had the Comm...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 25th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 24
Views: 16967

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Another possibility is documenting the Forest Sharp-tailed Snake in the more shaded, forested areas in Marin County. The species occurs in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties to the south and then north of Marin Co along the coast just above Fort Ross Park in Sonoma Co. Richard F. Hoyer ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 13th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 16317

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

Gary, Without being able to view the length of the tail in relation to the snake's vent, that renders an opinion less than reliable. But it looks as if the tail is long in relation to where I believe the vent is located, the tip not a really sharp point, and with the tail partly coiled, my guess is ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 21493

Re: change of forum format

Scott, I believe your forum has filled a very nice niche and has been a very positive entity in the herping community. When you changed the format and consolidate all forums into one international type forum, I was fearful that wasn’t the best of strategies. I was reminded of the old adage that ‘if ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 8th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 21493

Re: change of forum format

Scott, You mentioned, “We have surprisingly strong numbers.”. I have no way of knowing what that means. Not having access to whatever you refer to as being ‘numbers’, I do suspect that both the membership and the number of individuals that view each post are higher than in the past. To me, that isn’...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 7th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 21493

Re: change of forum format

Bill McG., I believe your analysis likely is correct. I would hate to see this site befall the same decline that occurred on the "not allowed" site and many of that site’s forums when years ago, the leadership of that organization made major changes. I could be mistaken but now during the prime herp...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 5th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 21493

change of forum format

I was wondering if Scott has considered going back to his original forum format or some similar version with regional forums instead of the pressent single herping forum, "The Forum'?

Perhaps a survey of participant's opinions on that issue might be informative.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 27th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Jonathan, Nice find of a Kern Plateau Slender Salamander on May 13th with conditions as dry as they are up there. Indicates you know how to go about making searches for such critters. I also came across a DOR N. Pac. Rattlesnake a few miles east of the Kennedy Meadow Road. Wonder if it was the same ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 26th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Paul, May 1, 2003 I believe was when we met at the 1000 Trails campground in the San Jacinto Mts. I had submitted an application for an MOU with the CDFG along with a detailed research proposal in order to initiate a companion study of the SRB in the San Jacinto Mts. similar to the one I had underta...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 25th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fieldherper Herpetologists at colleges and universities vary in their individual interests. I doubt that searching for and documenting the distribution of species is not of high priority with most herpetologists. And they are limited in time and money. So this is where the herping community – citize...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 24th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fire Drake,
A Rubber Boa on deposit at the LACM, #2141, was found in Newport Beach (Yacht Club), Orange Co., on 12/6/1933 by J.C. Von Blocker. I believe Dr. Glenn Stewart or someone else believes the boa was from the San Jacinto Mts. and had escaped (or was released).

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 23rd, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

FH, On the morning of this past May 12th. at the Flying ‘J’ truck stop parking lo off the I-5 Frazier Park exit, I believe I head one of the herpers present saying that I believe just this year, someone observed a Calif. Mt. Kingsnake on Mt. Pinos. But being 84, I could well be mistaken. Perhaps som...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 22nd, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fire Drake, With the addition of the three boas found on May 13th, my sample size for the S. Kern Plateau now stands at 33. Thus far, the range of male and female lengths from the SKP boa population are very similar to the larger samples I have acquired on the dwarf morph populations that occur on M...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 20th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

John, Off and on, I am reminded that we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Having gathered a decent amount of information on the Rubber Boa and the Common Sharp-tailed Snake, much of those efforts remain in my files. I lack the necessary skills to treat such data in a professional manner then pr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 20th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Nicholas, Nice to hear that another boa was found on Mt. Pinos on May 12 so that you were able to get photos of the species from that area. And yes, I can add the locality information on the boa you observed to my Mt. Pinos file. The species just has to occur on the San Emigdio Ridge so it would be ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 19th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

Re: S. Calif. trip

Tony,
Yes, the trip south proved to be very rewarding. The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to record information on three more boas from the Southern Kern Plateau.

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 18th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10525

S. Calif. trip

Each spring since 1993, I have traveled to S. Calif. with the goal of acquiring basic information on populations of the Rubber Boa. My first targeted population was the Southern Rubber Boa (subspecies?) found in the San Bernardino Mts. That effort took place from 1993 through 1997. That effort resul...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 23rd, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 5194

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, The 'Chat' is the newsletter for the Audubon Society of Corvallis. In the latest Dec. issue of the Chat, it mentions another Gyrfalcon having been observed a number of times in neighboring Linn County just east of where I live in Corvallis, Oregon. The observer is Jeff Fleischer who does rapto...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 27th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 5194

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, I have been to northeastern Oregon (Wallow County) but never have been to Troy which is very close to the border with Washington. For many years, falconers have reported observing Gyrfalcons in central and eastern Oregon. But of course, by and large, the birding elites have dismissed such sigh...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 26th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 5194

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, First, I was surprised that when I clicked on the link in my message in this forum, up came the photographs of birds BUT minus the numerous photos of the large falcon. When I now just went back to the original message I received from Hendrik and clicked on the link, again all photos of the fal...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 25th, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 5194

Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Below I have copied a message received on Dec. 17th. with a link to birds observed during the CBC including a good number of photos of a large falcon. When I ‘copy’ the link to myself then click on the link, the photos will not come up. However, when I ‘forward’ the link to myself, I can then click ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 7th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'
Replies: 5
Views: 2595

Re: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'

MCHerper. As for the issue of co-evolution of a predator and it prey in relation to toxins, although not involving snake venom, I suggest you might look in to the research published by Dr. Edmond (Butch) Brodie at Utah State U. involving the ‘venom’ produced by species of newts and their snake preda...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 29th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim,
I am not in any position to provide feedback on either species of turtle let alone the affects of those contaminates on aquatic wildlife including those turtles. Hope it all turns out well.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, More questions here. If you have researched all of the published literature on the two species, more than likely the information therein would be the best available. Can you divulge what was the contaminate or contaminates, where it occurred, and how large of an area is believed to have been co...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, One of the more knowledgeable individuals on the W. Pond Turtle would Dr. Bruce Bury. retired USGS biologist of Corvallis. I suspect you many have already been in touch with Dr. Bury. Am I correct in assuming any of the remedial actions you mention would take place when the river is at its lowe...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I have been away for awhile due to having hip replacement surgery on 10/24. I have a correction to make. I erred in my second post of 10/18/17 when I indicated that all three authors of the paper I cited (abstract given) as being NatureServe personnel. The two subordinate authors are affiliated with...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 20th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

EE, My strengths lie elsewhere than with the use of the English language. I likely took undue liberty in my use of the term ‘bias’. Perhaps it would have been better had I mentioned that after researching NatureServe's 'methods' and 'conservation status results', I then formed an ‘unfavorable’ view....
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 19th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Ernie E., As I have mentioned before, sometimes your ‘colorful’ (caustic) language has become the focus by others rather than the substance of what is contained in your messages. The same thing has happened to me in various threads on these forums. So it is to be expected when one tries to inform. B...