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by Larry Clarfeld
March 8th, 2014, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Movement in southern maryland
Replies: 11
Views: 2527

Re: Movement in southern maryland

The low temps this week in central Vermont have ranged from -14 F to 1 F, which is a good bit colder than average. Day time temps finally got above freezing again yesterday for the first time in over a week. We've got a while to wait, it's great to see some pics of movement down south to hold me ove...
by Larry Clarfeld
February 25th, 2014, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Talk in Vermont - 3/7
Replies: 1
Views: 909

Rattlesnake Talk in Vermont - 3/7

I know we don't have many Vermont members currently (to be honest, right now it's just me), but I wanted to make this program announcement for anyone willing to make a road trip. Or, better yet, please help spread the word if you know anyone else in the state... this is sure to be a great talk! Timb...
by Larry Clarfeld
February 23rd, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Herping in Vermont
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Winter Herping in Vermont

In central/northern Vermont, some herps can be found in some places year-round, but not many (places or herps). This winter has been particularly brutal. I counted 14 days since January 1 with temperatures at or below 0 F. But the past few days have been mild with lots of melting, and with temps aro...
by Larry Clarfeld
February 23rd, 2014, 1:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Countdown to Spotted Salamanders!
Replies: 65
Views: 16698

Re: Countdown to Spotted Salamanders!

We've still got a ways to go in Vermont. In central Vermont, at my sites of elevation ~1,000 ft, I'm guessing April 26. At lower elevations, in the Champlain Valley, maybe April 10. Winter is far from over up here.
by Larry Clarfeld
January 9th, 2014, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #4 - MORBIDITY
Replies: 12
Views: 4592

Re: End of the Year 2013... #4 - MORBIDITY

My morbid highlight of 2013 was definitely this. I'd read about this happening, but never seen it. I was at a pool in a fairly developed area that was overloaded with Wood Frogs. There were hundreds of singing males, but barely any females. Things got ugly. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8536/8639692...
by Larry Clarfeld
January 9th, 2014, 6:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vermont Herps Wrong Number
Replies: 4
Views: 2483

Re: Vermont Herps Wrong Number

That's pretty funny! I'm not sure who is in charge of updating the state website, and even if they did, there are poster versions of that all over. I have that poster in my office. Some of those posters are still available for sale in a few spots I know. My advice is that your friend embrace the pho...
by Larry Clarfeld
November 27th, 2013, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURANS
Replies: 13
Views: 3821

Re: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURAN

http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/160348-205727.jpg On a hot, muggy summer afternoon, the edge of a powerline cut was the last place I expected to bump into a young Gray Treefrog. I loved the composition of it on the wild cucumber. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8658162894_957737deca.jpg I had bee...
by Larry Clarfeld
November 19th, 2013, 5:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #2 - LAMEST LIFER
Replies: 24
Views: 8833

Re: End of the Year 2013... #2 - LAMEST LIFER

I think any lifer that is a DOR is maybe lame, but definitely sad. Well this wasn't even DOR... it was DOPTTMEOANWR (dead-on-path-to-the-main-entrance-of-a-national-wildlife-refuge). http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/10943904856_73d8480058.jpg Thankfully we saw a live adult later, but this poor, de...
by Larry Clarfeld
June 24th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the World Series of Birding
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Herping the World Series of Birding

Hi folks! I'm more than a little late with this post, but I lead a group from Vermont down to southern New Jersey for the World Series of Birding last month with the North Branch Nature Center. The weather made birding challenging at times, but it was ideal for herping! I have a blog post with a bun...
by Larry Clarfeld
August 31st, 2012, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important NAFHA- Vote
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Important NAFHA- Vote

FYI, here's my opinion, and why I voted "no" to this proposed change: I share similar privacy concerns to those stated by others. It is important to protect the privacy of those submitting data. Those who have submitted data did so with the understanding that their data would be protected and not re...
by Larry Clarfeld
August 29th, 2012, 2:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter with a white stripe down its back
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Garter with a white stripe down its back

The variation in Gartersnake coloration can be pretty astounding. My favorite are the ones with extensive red. Found a beaver pond in Lamoille County, VT a few years ago where there were many of these... here's one: http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4136/4805886799_b8a38aa987.jpg http://farm5.staticflic...
by Larry Clarfeld
August 25th, 2012, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall Snake Count: Sept. 15-23
Replies: 0
Views: 482

Fall Snake Count: Sept. 15-23

Hi all,

I figured this would be of interest... don't know much about this event, or the organization that hosts it (Center for Snake Conservation), but details can be found here: http://www.snakecount.org/.

Happy herping,
- Larry
by Larry Clarfeld
June 22nd, 2012, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Englanders ... any outing interests?
Replies: 9
Views: 1581

Re: Herping New Englanders ... any outing interests?

Hello New Englanders!

Afraid i wont be able to make it to outings this year. I've got a full plate. But if anyone ever finds themselves in central Vermont, hit me up! Will be at a site tomorrow that is good for mink frogs, will post if I find any, and good luck in CT!

Cheers,
Larry
by Larry Clarfeld
April 27th, 2012, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/21)
Replies: 6
Views: 1479

Re: Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/21)

Nice shots. Seems odd to see them moving this late. Are they normally moving this late there, or is the drought affecting them? It's right on time for our area in central Vermont, maybe a little bit early even. Many Wood Frogs moved during the warm spell in March, weeks earlier than the previous ea...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 22nd, 2012, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/21)
Replies: 6
Views: 1479

Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/21)

Conditions were perfect last night in central Vermont for amphibian migrations, and I got quite a show. I was out for about 2.75 hours on a stretch of road in Washington County, and rains were steady with temp's in the low 40's. I think most of the frogs had already moved on previous nights aside fr...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 17th, 2012, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is your experience with water snakes?
Replies: 21
Views: 2243

Re: What is your experience with water snakes?

Most (but not all) Watersnakes I've handled are quite aggressive. They have an anticoagulant in their saliva that can cause bites to bleed quite a bit more than one would expect... makes the bites look pretty gruesome until you wipe away the blood and can't find the teeth marks! The reason I've hear...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 12th, 2012, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/10)
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Amphibian Migration in Vermont (4/10)

Tuesday (4/10) in Chittenden County, VT was rainy, 41 degrees, perfect for some amphibian movement! I spent about 2 hours on a stretch of road about 1/3 mile long crossing amphibians as I found them. 14 cars drove by during that time resulting in 24 DOR Spring Peepers, 1 DOR Leopard Frog, 2 DOR East...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 10th, 2012, 7:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Species Counts
Replies: 35
Views: 4688

Re: April Species Counts

Here in Vermont, we had some amphibian migrations back during the heat-wave in March but I was out of town. Finally, tonight, I was around for some action! Chittenden County, VT - 4/10, 8:54-10:48pm (Road Survey) Spring Peeper - 80 + 24 DOR Leopard Frog - 1 DOR Spotted Salamander - 7 + 4 DOR Jeffers...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 8th, 2012, 1:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: ID?
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

Re: ID?

One of the ways you can tell this is a domestic goose is from that saggy belly that nearly drags on the floor (domestic Mallards can show this as well). As for what type, this could certainly be a hybrid, which wouldn't be too unusual. Check out this flickr page which has some photos of Greylag X Ch...
by Larry Clarfeld
April 8th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 48596

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Hello fellow herp-enthusiasts, I am a current graduate student studying conservation biology in New Hampshire (and convinced to join this forum by fellow classmate Kari Post). When not in school, I work as an environmental educator on a variety of projects, including many related to birds, reptiles,...