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by Richard F. Hoyer
June 19th, 2022, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?

Earlier today, a herper in Bend, Oregon sent me a photo of a Rubber Boa climbing in some woody brush in central Oregon. I was able to copy the photo to myslef but I don't know how to copy it to this forum post.

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by Richard F. Hoyer
June 16th, 2022, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?

Cot,
My youngest son Ryan lives in Genola, Utah. He is a herper and once was president of the Utah Herp. organization. He has a web site on the Rubber Boa you might wish to visit. www. Ruibberboas.com

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 16th, 2022, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Mountain Kingsnakes Climbing Trees?

Cot, The species of snake in your hand also is a decent climber. I recall reading a note somewhere of a Rubber Boa being found up in the rafters of a cabin in Yosemite Nat. Park. Individual living in Skamania, Washington contacted me having found Rubber Boas in their attic. And in the 1970’s I was c...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 22nd, 2022, 8:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Once gain, I stress hiow important it is to examine all sides of issues in order to reach an informed position. So for those that contend that the ‘science has been settled’ with respect to climate change / global warming, I urge you access the link below. I have copied and important part of what th...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 17th, 2022, 6:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

To be better informed, one needs to review both side of the climate issue. So in contrast to what I posted this morning, information contained in the link I posted back on 8/27/21 might be informative. It should be noted that Dr. Gavin Schmidt, current climate consultant to the Biden Administration,...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 17th, 2022, 1:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

In a recent exchange of emails, climate change came up so I undertook some Google searches. Of the links I came across, one author’s criticism indicated the IPCC reports understated the true nature of climate change / global warming. (See below) ------------------------------------------------------...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 12th, 2022, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon Banana Belt
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: NW Oregon Banana Belt

Mark, Rained up through Jan. 8th. Totally overcast on the 9th, 10th, and 11th here in Corvallis with highs of 39, 46, 54 respectively. Started out mostly sunny today and the ‘official’ high was 55. I headed out at around 2 with my pickup thermometer showing 58 degrees. Got out to my former Common Sh...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 30th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I'm new to San Luis Obispo herping...
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: I'm new to San Luis Obispo herping...

rms1111 Be advised that certain students from the greater San Diego region have been entered into a required winter and spring term field herpetology course, Sfcb -101, and Sfcb - 102. My information indicates you have been one of the students to have been enrolled in the winter and spring term sequ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 15th, 2021, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oregon's horned lizards
Replies: 8
Views: 485

Re: Oregon's horned lizards

mrfrasier'
Nice report. During my field efforts on the Rubber Boa at Fort Rock State Perk, ever so often I would encounter a pigmy horned lizard.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 2nd, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon Banana Belt
Replies: 4
Views: 550

NW Oregon Banana Belt

During the month of December, is very uncommon to have conditions of temperature and sunshine suitable for making searches for reptiles in NW Oregon. Perhaps about 20 years ago I was able to make successful searched locally during December. On Nov. 30th, the high for the day was about 66 but totally...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 18th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping has begun for our Amphibious Little Friends
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Field Herping has begun for our Amphibious Little Friends

Porter, I concur. But I would also believe that in Calif., especially southern California and along the California coast, the season for encountering reptiles also continues. Here in northwestern Oregon, on Nov. 14th, which was totally overcast and 64 degrees, at one site I came across one juvenile ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 14th, 2021, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake headscale diagram request?
Replies: 23
Views: 1320

Re: Snake headscale diagram request?

For snake head scale information, try the Sebbin's 'Western Reptiles and Amphibian Field Guide'. A diagrram of snake head scalation is just inside the back cover.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 2nd, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

For some unknown reason, the ‘http’ links in my recent posts do not come up with the correct article when entered in Google. So one can enter the story headlines for each article in a Google search and scroll around to find the correct article / link. This morning, I came across another recent study...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 27th, 2021, 7:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Below is a link to a study recently published this month. I have copied a small part of that article but I urge reading the entire article. At the bottom, I have also included a link from a NASA study a year earlier that indicates just the opposite scenario. This way, you have a choice as to which s...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 27th, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Kelly Mc., I am not certain to what you are referring when you mention “But I hope you are right.” I am just reporting new information I came across relating to the issue of climate change. Actually, I came across two links concerning Dr. Gavin Schmidt as copied below. You can note there occurs a co...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 21st, 2021, 7:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

There have been a number of developments that pertain to climate change I have recently found in Google searches. Perhaps the following can put some life back into this part of the forum provided Jimi, Kelly, others have comments. Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon ---------------------------------...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 8th, 2021, 10:36 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Below is the title of new book dealing with climate change authored by Seven E. Koonin. You can examine his credentials by doing a simple Google search. I have included two book reviews, one critical and one complimentary Richard F. Hoyer -------------------------------------------------------------...
by Richard F. Hoyer
April 30th, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: laying cover for ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 2775

Re: laying cover for ringnecks

Jeff, Jonathan, Thanks for the garter snake ID information. Next time I am down in coastal Monterey and northwestern San Luis Obispo Counties, I may try identifying the garter snakes I encounter. At one spot in Monterey Co., one poor garter snake was being mobbed, molested, and bullied by 4 or 5 oth...
by Richard F. Hoyer
April 28th, 2021, 8:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: laying cover for ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 2775

Re: laying cover for ringnecks

Jonathan, I have no experience with observing Ringneck Snakes under carpet. Most of the Ringneck Snakes I have encountered have been either under the artificial cover I have set out (thin plywood /roofing tin) or under junk discarded by humans. I have encountered a smaller number of the species unde...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 26th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 27
Views: 22008

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

T'was 19 day before Christmas, that being the sixth of December,
I went afield to make searches, the results I will forever remember.

Despite the overcast skies, rain, and it being 54 degrees cold,
Under a small piece of black carpet, was a hatchling Contia tenuis to behold.

RFH (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 26th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI. Bend, OR
Replies: 1
Views: 1398

Re: RFI. Bend, OR

T.H. I am from Corvallis so can’t really help you as far as herping in the Bend area. One of my former Rubber Boa study site is southeast of Bend and La Pine in the Christmas Valley region that I could direct you to but it is about a 1 1/2 drive from Bend. And then August hardly the best time of yea...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 29th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping SE Sierras report
Replies: 3
Views: 3731

Re: Herping SE Sierras report

Very nice narrative and photos. Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 18th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping SE Sierras this weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Re: Herping SE Sierras this weekend

Zeevng, As a matter of fact, I did seen Richard earlier this morning before he left to go herping. The one time I did get a brief glimpse of him was when he was shaving and I was able to see him in the mirror. He then just disappeared from view and I haven’t seen him since. As for the research on C....
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 17th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

I owe Scott Waters a big THANK YOU! Everyone might review Scott’s post of March 29, 2019. Despite some individuals posting personal attacks and less than desirable language, Scott has allowed this thread to continue for more than a year’s duration. Thanks again Scott! By now, all viewers of this thr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 12th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field
Replies: 59
Views: 35489

Re: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Porter, Not certain what you consider as ideal temperatures and weather conditions for making searches at this time of year in your area. Here in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon, by this time in June, it is normally in the 70s and low 80s and mostly sunny and dry. If I get out in the morning...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 11th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field
Replies: 59
Views: 35489

Re: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Porter, I see you must be slowing down some noting a Rubber Boa escaped out of its skin before you could retain it. They are so quick. Hah! Your experience at trusting individuals and then later finding some of your sites disturbed undoubtedly has been experienced by many other herpers including mys...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 9th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Bill, Your point is well taken and understood. I too can cite a personal example of individuals looking at the same information and arriving at different interpretations. I am pretty sure that some time ago, I entered a post dealing with the issue snake road kill that is such an example. At the time...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

#8 A number of climate scientists have found that their opinions and research results are incompatible with the conclusions of the IPCC. Wikipedia use to have such a list but since removed that list. So I found the list below from a different source. I looked up the author of his link and have reser...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

My computer seems to still be experiencing problems as my entries #2 and #4 did not get posted. And the last post should have been #7 and not a second #6. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

#6 Recently, I received a solicitation from a group called the ‘Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow’ (CFACT) with a cover letter ‘From the Desk of Dr. Patrick Moore’. For those that are not aware, Dr. Moore was a co-founder of Greenpeace. You can find his name in the second group of scientists in ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

#6 In a web search of the IPCC organization, I found the following; “What is the purpose of IPCC?” “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations that is dedicated to providing the world with objective, scientific information relevant to unde...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

#5 A major pillar the IPCC reports relied on the ‘hockey stick graph’ published by Dr. Michael Mann in 2009. A number of scientists questioned the validity of Mann’s graph and Mann sued one of the critics, Dr. Tim Ball. But then Mann lost his law suit. Mann lost because he failed to comply with the ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

#3 There are many reputable scientists on both sides of this issue. One group belong to the U.N. IPCC and others belonging to the NIPCC organization or somewhat similar organizations. It therefore is important to view the positions put forth by individuals on both sides. Then there are a number of s...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

I have spent more time reviewing links that pertain to the issue of Climate Change. So I am entering a number of posts that possibly can add insight. After reviewing this added information along with the link provided by EE, if any individual viewing this thread still believes that the science has a...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 5th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

I have spent more time reviewing links that pertain to the issue of Climate Change. So I am entering a number of posts that possibly can add insight. After reviewing this added information along with the link provided by EE, if any individual viewing this thread still believes that the science has a...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 28th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Jonathon, I my computer has been ‘misbehaving’. Scott Walters made some heroic efforts in my behalf but for unknown reasons, I was unable to post a response on the forum. So I took the computer in to have it serviced and now found it allows me to post a response. I agree with a good deal of what you...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 18th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

With respect to the issue of climate change / global warming, I have previously mentioned it is best to let the scientific research continue to explore these issues as well as letting the weather tell its own story in coming years. Below is a message received from son Ryan in Utah. It had four links...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 12th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon (Jackson Co) - past few weeks
Replies: 2
Views: 1888

Re: Southern Oregon (Jackson Co) - past few weeks

Your alligator lizard looks to be a SAL and not a NAL.

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 5th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 2316

Re: Southern Oregon

George, My efforts have centered on encountering the Rubber Boa, Common Sharp-tailed Snake and Forest Sharp-tailed Snake in southwestern Oregon. In that process, I have encountered both species if kingsnakes, Racers, Gopher Snakes, 3 or 4 species of garter snakes, some lizards, one Black Salamander ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 3rd, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 2316

Re: Southern Oregon

What species are interested in observing?

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 1st, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 1870

Re: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon

Mark, During my four trips to Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties last year, I did find a few spots with some A/C. In Monterey County, I observed a S. All. Lizard under a tin. I got permission to make searches under some tarp materials and observed a gopher snake and garter snake. At a different s...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 31st, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations
Replies: 5
Views: 2725

Re: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations

Dr. Glenn Stewart contacted me the other day asking about the lowest elevation I have observed the Rubber Boa in the Sierras. I have done very little searching in the main Sierras. The lowest elevation I have found the species has been a mile north of Burney at near 3200 ft. But Glenn indicated that...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 26th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 1870

Yearly winter report from NW Oregon

Friday and Saturday in the Willamette Valley of northwestern Oregon had high temperatures of about 57 – 58 degrees. Both days had some partial sunshine along with some scattered showers. It was a few degree cooler today but again with some partial sunshine. I thus went out early this afternoon to se...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 3rd, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: NW Oregon in November

Jimi, My reference to boa stench was meant to be in jest. Sorry if I mislead. With now knowing the type of habitat and elevations where the boa has been observed in both Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, my guess is the boa likely has a continuous distribution from Carmel south into the northwe...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 1st, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: NW Oregon in November

Jimi, Regardless of which highway your group takes to get to Morro Bay (46, 41, or 101), you will have to pass through a shallow range of mountains so this message is for a word of caution. Rubber Boas have reportedly been observed to the south along a tributary of Lopez Creek that lead in to Lopez ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 20th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: NW Oregon in November

Mark, As of the end of May, 2018, my samples of the Rubber Boa from Mt. Pinos, the Tehachapi Mts., Breckenridge Mt. and Southern Kern Plateau were large enough to organize the data and prepare a manuscript. Thus my effort towards making searches in those regions of Calif. has now ended. In preparing...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 18th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Montana Milksnake
Replies: 3
Views: 1538

Re: Montana Milksnake

Very, very nice Austin.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 12th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

NW Oregon in November

Here in NW Oregon, November is usually gloomy, cold, and wet so seldom are there opportunities to search for reptiles at this time of year. But yesterday was an exception. On my way to an 11 AM doctor’s appointment, I noted is was balmy outside, 60 degrees, and with clear, sunny skies. So around 2 P...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

Check out this link. Letter signed by “500 scientists” relies on inaccurate claims ...

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 190
Views: 167303

Re: Climate change revisited

My son Ryan in Utah has been researching the issue of climate change which in turn has spurred me into becoming better informed. It was Ryan that provided me with the link in my previous post. Yesterday, he provided me with the following link: https://www.friendsofscience.org/ Then later he sent me ...