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by matt ignoffo
January 13th, 2014, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central Wisconsin Fox Snake Relocation Help
Replies: 6
Views: 3163

Re: Central Wisconsin Fox Snake Relocation Help

Am I missing the why part..ie why remove them? Probably the most responsible thing to do would be just let nature take its course if the den is altered or removed. (Relocation would almost certainly mean an equally unjustified death anyways). The risk reward of introducing non-native specimens into ...
by matt ignoffo
October 28th, 2013, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp tools
Replies: 11
Views: 2932

Re: Herp tools

Headlamp
flashlight
pocket knife
gps
boots
waders
tent
dip net
The selection of books is unlimited
by matt ignoffo
October 2nd, 2013, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID Help - blairi confirmed - new photos
Replies: 4
Views: 3186

Re: Frog ID Help - Please - Same as posted on Forum

I would call those blairi.

Seems like it would be an excellent find in Indiana because they get scarce in Eastern Illinois.
by matt ignoffo
August 14th, 2013, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Illinois snake ID
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: Illinois snake ID

Nice queen snake! Was this in the lower DesPlaines River basin?
by matt ignoffo
July 21st, 2013, 8:23 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Making prints
Replies: 6
Views: 3656

Re: Making prints

Ok thanx guys
by matt ignoffo
July 20th, 2013, 8:10 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Making prints
Replies: 6
Views: 3656

Re: Making prints

Thanx a lot. I will check them out for sure.
by matt ignoffo
July 20th, 2013, 6:37 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Making prints
Replies: 6
Views: 3656

Making prints

I have a few landscapes and a couple herp shots I want to frame and hang. Does anyone have recommendations for online sources to get prints, and any other hints would be helpful too, particularly paper type. I've only ever printed people portraits from Walgreens etc, I definitely want to go up a not...
by matt ignoffo
July 18th, 2013, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will be in Milwaukee
Replies: 4
Views: 1430

Re: Will be in Milwaukee

Crap, sorry I was late. Maybe use my below advice for next time you're in town. Oh, crap...It's hot as hell. Probably one of the worst times. I'm not too familiar with SE Wisconsin, but early morning on decent prairie habitat you can still see smooth greens, garters, and fox snakes in this kind of w...
by matt ignoffo
July 11th, 2013, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gravid Plains Garter snake necropsy... done by a Badger.
Replies: 5
Views: 3528

Re: Gravid Plains Garter snake necropsy... done by a Badger.

Neat, have you seen a badger? I have not, but would love to get a glimpse of one someday.
by matt ignoffo
July 3rd, 2013, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois
Replies: 10
Views: 3614

Re: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois

Thanks. No Lined Snakes in Illinois, they are pretty rare here. I would like to see the type of habitat they occur in downstate. They are (to me) one of the most interesting snakes in Illinois. They are surely more widespread than the existing records would indicate, but yeah...rare for sure. Again...
by matt ignoffo
July 2nd, 2013, 6:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois
Replies: 10
Views: 3614

Re: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois

OH, I just saw that if I click the image I get what I was looking for. Cool stuff, man. Have you seen Tropidoclonion in Illinois?
by matt ignoffo
July 2nd, 2013, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois
Replies: 10
Views: 3614

Re: Spring and Early Summer in Illinois

WOW! Lots of cool stuff in there.

Would you divulge the counties on your pickerel frog and lined snake? If not, no sweat - or you could PM me.

Great post.

Matt
by matt ignoffo
July 1st, 2013, 11:33 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 31936

Re: New Flickr

I've been trying to give it a chance, but I find myself visiting fewer and fewer times. I can't tell if someone comments on one of my photos, or responds to a comment I added previously. Takes a long time to load too for some reason. I really went in with an open mind and it's starting to close. Wil...
by matt ignoffo
June 25th, 2013, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Mediterranean cruise herping
Replies: 28
Views: 21287

Re: Opportunistic Mediterranean cruise herping

Cool!

I needed a new book, so thanx for that too.
by matt ignoffo
June 20th, 2013, 10:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle

cOOL. That qualifies as quite a few to me. Last one I saw (in N. Illinois) was crossing Rt. 31 one mile north of Rt. 64 St. Charles. Going toward the big "old quarry" west of 31.
by matt ignoffo
June 20th, 2013, 6:17 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Starter DSLR
Replies: 7
Views: 4131

Re: Starter DSLR

You can save a lot of money picking up a used body - the money saved can help pay for lenses where you get a way better return on investment (=image quality) compared to camera body.
by matt ignoffo
June 20th, 2013, 5:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: IL dark headed Common Musk Turtle

Nice one, Bill. I think they are totally cool, mostly because I so rarely get to see one.

TurtleTim. I haven't seen a stinkpot up here in ~ 12 years or so. It's easier to see spotteds or blandings in Chicagoland than stinkpots lol. Would love to see another, any secret for how to search for them?
by matt ignoffo
May 29th, 2013, 9:58 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Opinions wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 2435

Re: Opinions wanted

Looks like the white balance needs some tweaking to me.
by matt ignoffo
May 29th, 2013, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: my first fox snake
Replies: 3
Views: 1882

Re: my first fox snake

Wow, nice one.
by matt ignoffo
May 28th, 2013, 1:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo Request: Tiger Salamander habitat
Replies: 16
Views: 3152

Re: Photo Request: Tiger Salamander habitat

Around my home (~ 35 miles west of Chicago) any pond remotely resembling wildlife habitat can and usually will have them. Also strip mines, gravel pits, retention ponds, floodplains. Also they can be very common in hardwood forest up here and often occur in smallish numbers with Ambystoma maculatum ...
by matt ignoffo
May 25th, 2013, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gilled newt
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Gilled newt

That is sweet!! I don't think I've ever seen branchiate adult Notophthalmus viridescens posted. There isn't much out there that I can find as far as literature. I have an old paper from 1966 documenting them from Southern Illinois. In the paper they mention vouchers from states throughout their rang...
by matt ignoffo
May 6th, 2013, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Minnesota Fox Snake Hibernation Den
Replies: 8
Views: 3645

Re: Minnesota Fox Snake Hibernation Den

The three head shot is fantastic!

Looks exactly like the big den near my home, probably the same structure. BTW they have dispersed here as I have seen huge adult DOR and seen juveniles quite a ways from the den.
by matt ignoffo
January 28th, 2013, 11:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Another "which is best"
Replies: 5
Views: 2762

Re: Another "which is best"

What's wrong with the DOF on #3?
by matt ignoffo
January 26th, 2013, 7:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little preview of spring in southern Indiana
Replies: 14
Views: 2663

Re: A little preview of spring in southern Indiana

Thanx. Cool salamanders, are A. barbouri nearby?
by matt ignoffo
January 23rd, 2013, 1:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little preview of spring in southern Indiana
Replies: 14
Views: 2663

Re: A little preview of spring in southern Indiana

Is the last barbouri or texanum?
by matt ignoffo
January 22nd, 2013, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guanwu salamander, Taiwan
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

Re: Guanwu salamander, Taiwan

Awesome, thanx for posting.

Matt
by matt ignoffo
January 16th, 2013, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How do you guys make time for family while herping?
Replies: 55
Views: 12611

Re: How do you guys make time for family while herping?

I apologize to Brandon for being crude with my original comment. I was trying to make a point regarding priorities and future considerations - not be hurtful. Understand, though that it is not at all a stretch to take the premise of this thread as "I am leaving my family so I can go herping more". -...
by matt ignoffo
January 16th, 2013, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How do you guys make time for family while herping?
Replies: 55
Views: 12611

Re: How do you guys make time for family while herping?

Is it?

-But it is acceptable to recommend to a stranger to leave his loved ones (including children) to find more snakes?
by matt ignoffo
January 16th, 2013, 7:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How do you guys make time for family while herping?
Replies: 55
Views: 12611

Re: How do you guys make time for family while herping?

I really hope you will be proud of all of your past herp accomplishments as another man is giving your daughters away at their weddings.
by matt ignoffo
December 26th, 2012, 7:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: hey guys
Replies: 17
Views: 4316

Re: hey guys

Regarding Gimp. There are countless online tutorials and walkthroughs - these are invaluable IMO as half the battle is getting over the intimidation factor of such a powerful software. The help function itself is pretty awesome. Also there are flickr groups dedicated to Gimp with helpful discussions...
by matt ignoffo
December 12th, 2012, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 SALAMANDERAMA!!!! ID's Needed DUW
Replies: 14
Views: 3406

Re: 2012 SALAMANDERAMA!!!! ID's Needed DUW

I love the habitat shots. There's nothing better than seeing salamander habitat this time of year.
by matt ignoffo
December 7th, 2012, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Film, gasp!: Slide Scans From the Past
Replies: 15
Views: 3956

Re: Film, gasp!: Slide Scans From the Past

Great finds, but very impressive photographs too. I can see why many old school wildlife photographers ate up that Velvia.
by matt ignoffo
December 7th, 2012, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone else look for salamanders on Monday?
Replies: 4
Views: 1188

Re: Anyone else look for salamanders on Monday?

Neato! I can actually spy on tiger salamanders year-round. They come out whenever it is a tad warm (above freezing) and precipitation. They hang out in the bottom of just one drainage sewer in the parking lot of my son's elementary school. Probably could have had some unique personal records for Dec...
by matt ignoffo
October 16th, 2012, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crazy LaRue....
Replies: 14
Views: 4515

Re: Crazy LaRue....

I call the Illinois Nerodia erythrogaster "poorly understood" There is a common belief that @ snake road you have N. erythrogaster flavigaster and as near as fifteen miles east you get N. e. neglecta. I have seen this species as far as fifty miles east of snake road and they looked about the same as...
by matt ignoffo
October 14th, 2012, 6:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Going underwater in a creek. Made me a lens port.
Replies: 15
Views: 7591

Re: Going underwater in a creek. Made me a lens port.

Frickin' amazing, man. I will surely try this.
by matt ignoffo
October 14th, 2012, 3:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Something Different
Replies: 10
Views: 2398

Re: Something Different

Wow, that's good news, Andy. It is very rare to hear anything at all positive about mussels. The Mississippi River for sure is infested with "zeebs" and they are further decimating at least a few federal species. The damn barges travel upstream. Lake Michigan is infested obviously, but so trashed to...
by matt ignoffo
October 10th, 2012, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Exploring Wild Places (DUW)
Replies: 17
Views: 4209

Re: Exploring Wild Places (DUW)

WOW, nice work. Great inverts.
by matt ignoffo
October 10th, 2012, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Something Different
Replies: 10
Views: 2398

Re: Something Different

Awesome. It can be hard enough finding pups, let alone those. I don't think a salamander mussel has been found alive in Illinois for decades...and, as I know you know...Those are downright common compared to many others. Also herp related: I was told that Graptemys populations are suffering - even b...
by matt ignoffo
October 4th, 2012, 11:42 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underwater Photography
Replies: 15
Views: 8185

Re: Underwater Photography

Holy crap, that stuff is amazing. I recently bought a canon powershot d20 which is submersible - for photoing freshwater mussels. It is not a DSLR obviously, but is capable of above average quality underwater shots, supposedly good video too. Sure is awkward to try to manipulate a point and shoot wh...
by matt ignoffo
September 26th, 2012, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: been stewing on this since Sunday...
Replies: 9
Views: 1744

Re: been stewing on this since Sunday...

This is the reality of the place. Some of the negatives that go along with the positives of having a spot so herpetologically diverse, accessible, and famous. Thankfully there is an entire national forest with an abundance of good herping spots which require effort to find an/or get to. This keeps o...
by matt ignoffo
September 26th, 2012, 7:02 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Not my pictures but you need to see these...
Replies: 10
Views: 3620

Re: Not my pictures but you need to see these...

Thanx. Must be nice to have crystal clear water. Those shots are all awesome.
by matt ignoffo
September 1st, 2012, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamander Larva
Replies: 13
Views: 2718

Re: Salamander Larva

Well, that's a newt.

Is that your dipnet though? That cracked me up. Pretty resourceful.
by matt ignoffo
September 1st, 2012, 12:24 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Macro Lenses
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

Re: Macro Lenses

Yeah, I have the Tokina 100mm which I've used for years on a D-70, now for years on my D-200. The thing is fine, I've never had an issue with quality and have even had many pics published. The lens is also tough as nails, I've had it wet muddy dropped many times sandy etc and it holds up. That said,...
by matt ignoffo
August 26th, 2012, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

Re: ID help

Hmm. Is there anything in particular that makes you think it's not P. cinereus?
by matt ignoffo
July 22nd, 2012, 2:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Racers
Replies: 17
Views: 5086

Re: Racers

Range
by matt ignoffo
July 22nd, 2012, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Michigan Herping
Replies: 10
Views: 2306

Re: West Michigan Herping

I have always thought that it would benefit herp-forums and detract from the negative outlook on field herpers if there was a small amount of "censorship" on forums regarding locales. Iow anything at all revealing (even county in many instances) should be removed by moderators.
by matt ignoffo
July 20th, 2012, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Michigan Herping
Replies: 10
Views: 2306

Re: West Michigan Herping

Someone else on here may help.

If all else fails, you will have to pose as a naive girl and ask the same qs on the main forum.
by matt ignoffo
June 25th, 2012, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Big Sand Mound, Field Day Herps
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: Big Sand Mound, Field Day Herps

How did you find the mud turtle?
by matt ignoffo
June 14th, 2012, 8:15 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Good news!
Replies: 41
Views: 8831

Re: Good news!

Yeah I had a d70s for many years. This is a killer body, even by todays standards.