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by Bobbleton
August 30th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Hognose Radio-tracking (video)
Replies: 9
Views: 2119

Re: Eastern Hognose Radio-tracking (video)

The goals of the study are to try to figure out the basics of habitat utilization at this locality, as very little is known about snakes in this portion of the range. I'm working out of Hofstra University. I'm collecting DNA, morphometrics, and habitat characteristics at each re-location. Sounds li...
by Bobbleton
August 29th, 2013, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Hognose Radio-tracking (video)
Replies: 9
Views: 2119

Re: Eastern Hognose Radio-tracking (video)

Good stuff. If you don't mind me asking . . . What are the goals of the study? What institution is it under? What kind of data are you guys collecting? I would love to track hogs . . . I feel like so little is known about them . . . but maybe its just that I don't know much. I've seen a zillion of t...
by Bobbleton
March 20th, 2013, 10:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders
Replies: 8
Views: 2664

Re: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders

Black vultures are intelligent and interesting birds. Occasionally they are quite troublesome to livestock producers. They can learn to kill healthy calves by attacking them at the nether end of the digestive tract, and working inward. Those vultures get shot. Now I find that VERY interesting. I sa...
by Bobbleton
January 7th, 2013, 10:25 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2012: Warblers etc
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: 2012: Warblers etc

Thanks everyone! Nice collection! You should do sparrows and finches this year - should be a great year for it. Dave already set the terms of this year's competition. Its an all around type deal. On a more somber note, I think your Chat is actually an immature Prairie. Not buying immature prairie on...
by Bobbleton
January 4th, 2013, 8:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibians Finds of 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2787

Re: Amphibians Finds of 2012

really great. Nice finds and some nice looking individuals. ever run into the green version of ornata?
by Bobbleton
December 31st, 2012, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2012 - herps and whatnot
Replies: 17
Views: 2432

Re: My 2012 - herps and whatnot

Hey thanks guys! btw I just noticed that I doubled a terrapin shot and excluded a badass box turtle from the pines. Gotta give him his due:

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by Bobbleton
December 31st, 2012, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2012 - herps and whatnot
Replies: 17
Views: 2432

My 2012 - herps and whatnot

Well I haven't done this in a while - my year in herps. I started the year in NJ. Here we go: Blue-spot x jefferson http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7206/6928376803_57075a0939_b.jpg Wood frog http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7067/6798100866_ff7622e7cd_b.jpg NJ Chorus Frog http://farm8.staticflickr.com/705...
by Bobbleton
December 28th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Coywolves
Replies: 6
Views: 2345

Re: Coywolves

I probably should have clarified - "coyotes" in my part of the world are more accurately described as coywolves, as they are a genetic mix of western coyotes and eastern (red) wolves. More info is available here:

http://www.easterncoyoteresearch.com/
by Bobbleton
December 28th, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2012: Warblers etc
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

2012: Warblers etc

2012 was a pretty great bird year for me. This year's focus was warblers, so I figured I'd post some highlights from that aspect of my year. Pine warbler http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/6983367567_ac17642881_b.jpg Northern Parula http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6887290470_5ccfb8f9b7_b.jpg Prot...
by Bobbleton
December 28th, 2012, 9:36 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Coywolves
Replies: 6
Views: 2345

Coywolves

Doing field work in the NJ pinebarrens, I'm pretty used to having encounters with coywolves. The last few years encounters seem to have been increasing (at least on this particular site). Anyway this year I was lucky enough to finally have a photo opportunity. So one morning while driving a sand roa...
by Bobbleton
March 18th, 2012, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Timber Rattlesnakes and Forest Succession
Replies: 111
Views: 33491

Re: Spring Timber Rattlesnakes and Forest Succession

So handling timbers for no reason is good, but improving timber habitat is bad? Sure you don't actually hate snakes? Whoever is out in the woods cutting down trees on public land needs to be stopped because this is illegal unless approved by the state. You should make sure you kill any excess number...
by Bobbleton
February 17th, 2012, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tiger hunt
Replies: 26
Views: 2129

Re: Tiger hunt

oh yay . . . so you know, Darnell knows, which means Ryan needed a ride and now 15 other people are also in the loop. Its great when we share exact localities of the most rare species to as many people as we can . . . that way we can all protect them together! Everyone make sure to thoroughly tromp ...
by Bobbleton
February 8th, 2012, 9:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AMPHIBIAN CROSSING VOLUNTEERS (NJ)
Replies: 2
Views: 572

AMPHIBIAN CROSSING VOLUNTEERS (NJ)

Hey everyone. I see Brick posted up a volunteer opportunity for crossings in PA. Thought I'd throw up the NJ equivalent. Visit this link for the information: http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/events/v/011/2/2012/19/ And bear in mind that you have to RSVP to volunteer in this case. This is a great ch...
by Bobbleton
December 13th, 2011, 6:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

Anything by Attenborough (and for the most part BBCNHU) is going to be fan freaking tastic. You can put aside any fears of sensationalism or otherwise. He's simply the best and has always been so. Not sure how much Discovery channel kicked in for production, but as long as he's at the helm via the ...
by Bobbleton
December 9th, 2011, 6:37 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Cooper's Hawk
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Re: Cooper's Hawk

the response is usually: "uhhhh . . . "
by Bobbleton
December 7th, 2011, 12:24 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: South Carolina shore birds with need of a few ids
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Re: South Carolina shore birds with need of a few ids

killer! love that avocet!
by Bobbleton
December 7th, 2011, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

This from Change.org today.... Dear justin, Big news! For weeks, the Discovery Channel refused to show the stunning conclusions of its own Frozen Planet documentary series that showed the devastating effects that climate change has had on the North and South Poles -- and the danger it portends for ...
by Bobbleton
December 6th, 2011, 8:51 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 209753

Re: What was your last lifer?...

My first snowy: NJ 12/4
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by Bobbleton
December 2nd, 2011, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

By keeping information from the public, they are indirectly contributing to the loss of species. And nomatter the circumstance or the offender, I can't abide that. That's all there is to it. Please note I AM NOT DISSING YOU ! I am in agreement with the quality of programming, and am in agreement th...
by Bobbleton
December 2nd, 2011, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

Also remember Discovery owns TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Military, they are a diversified group and provide different programs for different crowds across all of their offerings. They own more than that . . . and this is what I believe is the primary reason for their growth. If the discove...
by Bobbleton
December 2nd, 2011, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

Bit different with your example though Bob. Municipalties are represented by tax payers though and they want lower taxes or if taxes are raised some benefit comes. Many taxpayers me included want the pine barrens or whatever preserved, others want shopping centers. Difference is all shareholders wa...
by Bobbleton
December 1st, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

You're right, Chris. Its just good business. That must mean its the right thing to do. Like for example . . . developing every inch of the pine barrens . . . its just good business on part of the municipalities and walmarts - and they have obligations to their shareholders and residents (who want bu...
by Bobbleton
November 30th, 2011, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

Again, I'm not defending DC here, or approving their programming ... however, you are being nieve if you think that DC is or intends to be an objective non-biased defender of truth ... they are 1st and foremost an entertainment entity PACKAGED to appear as a strict educational independent organizat...
by Bobbleton
November 30th, 2011, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

I'm not here to defend DCs programming choices; however, you need to remember that DC is not a non-profit organization with a mission statement about education ... it is a profit first entity that has chosen the general field of non-fiction as it's venue. It is in the entertainment business. It is ...
by Bobbleton
November 29th, 2011, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

Re: a quick letter to discovery channel

Okay . . . response from discovery: Dear Viewer: Thank you for contacting Discovery Channel. We appreciate your correspondence and for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us about Frozen Planet. Frozen Planet will not be airing on Discovery Channel in the United States until ear...
by Bobbleton
November 28th, 2011, 9:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a quick letter to discovery channel
Replies: 32
Views: 4012

a quick letter to discovery channel

After hearing that the discovery channel decided to exclude the 7th episode of BBC's series "Frozen Planet" based on its focus on the effects climate change has had on the poles . . . I decided I'd had enough. They (and their networks) have made me angry and disappointed for a long time now - this b...
by Bobbleton
November 7th, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?
Replies: 191
Views: 12351

Re: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?

I dont care about the disagreement, thats going to happen. But I dont even think half the people on here are complaining about anything other than to be in the middle of this. And at somepoint people went from me, to the moderators, to roadkill and then there are some people arguing the person who ...
by Bobbleton
November 6th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?
Replies: 191
Views: 12351

Re: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?

so you are a law enforcement officer? most CO's I meet to register my take are not quite as aggressive as you sound. But my tags are always in order. so we should have no legal problem officer. it also seems that noone has answered some of my questions I raised, but I did not think anyone would. li...
by Bobbleton
November 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?
Replies: 191
Views: 12351

Re: Rattlesnake areas along NJ/PA line?

Also Jeff, its interesting to see your tone change when the subject is your backyard. You sound like me when people mention something where I live.....hah. Jeff may play the devil's advocate, but in reality generally walks the walk you talk, Chris. But you don't have to be a herp-nazi to want to ke...
by Bobbleton
October 27th, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I really like Van's take on this. Snakes are not porcelain dolls. Within this hobby is a growing contingent of herpers that have seemingly adopted a "hands off" policy that appears to be based upon emotional response rather than factual evidence that such intrusions are actually harmful. Your state...
by Bobbleton
October 27th, 2011, 7:39 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Can you prove that "leaving them alone" has no effect? Can you even really be "damn sure"? It seems obvious that leaving them alone would not impact them. HOWEVER, even observing herps without disturbing them could potentially have negative impacts. Sorry, when I said leaving them alone, I meant AC...
by Bobbleton
October 27th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Chad and Jonathan - thank you both for the clarification. Chad, I'm simply representing a point of view that was requested to be brought to the table. Oh, and: As per the DOR"s, I don't think that just because we in the field arn't the worst threat, doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking about what w...
by Bobbleton
October 27th, 2011, 2:55 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I can't prove that handling/collecting/etc DOES have an effect, but I can be damn sure that leaving them alone DOESN'T. Even Frank has said there's potential for a pretty wide spectrum from no effect of handling to lethal effect. Given that the conservation laws/rules that most people here favor wo...
by Bobbleton
October 27th, 2011, 12:41 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

This thread has been heavily trafficked by those of us who are pro responsible personal collecting, anti commercial collecting, and pro conservation, but the anti collecting crowd has not spoken up. I don't know for sure if that is because of who responded first, but if that is the case... I would ...
by Bobbleton
September 23rd, 2011, 4:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I understand what you're saying, Paul. I just think herpers as a group have much more potential for impact than is acted upon (mostly out of laziness). Nothing wrong with letting the public know snakes aren't evil monsters, but its less than we could be doing and FAR less than is needed.
by Bobbleton
September 23rd, 2011, 4:01 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Buddy, if you think Texas as a state gives two shits about road mortality in herps, or that anything I do will change that in the near term, you're delusional. I try to convince people that snakes aren't evil, that the loss of thousands of crotes in Sweetwater is bad and tragic, that they have intr...
by Bobbleton
September 23rd, 2011, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Awsome daily with a mole king
Replies: 22
Views: 1626

Re: Awsome daily with a mole king

Aside for the snide comment ( I would expect nothing less) there is nothing wrong with helpful advice. Just say thanks and let it go. I will lock this topic if it goes down the same road again. That mole king is something to be enjoyed, and savored as a very fortunate and awesome find. And herein i...
by Bobbleton
September 23rd, 2011, 3:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Agreed on whats been said on this being an excellent discussion with valid points all around. Though since I'm a bit short on time at the moment I'll just address a few points regarding my first statement: Firstly . . . admittedly I can see how my comments represent a black and white view - which I ...
by Bobbleton
September 23rd, 2011, 5:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 407650

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Great post, Chad. I think you've done an excellent job illustrating how polarized this hobby (and forum) really is. I can't say I see this discussion coming to productive result, though (in terms of an established ethics list). The classic conflict (one poised to flare up at any time within the NE c...
by Bobbleton
September 18th, 2011, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 68
Views: 3971

Re: Food for thought

To me that's sort of like lumping in the fondling of altar boys as a huge part of the catholic church or crooked cops being a huge part of law enforcement,something along those lines, lol Hahaha nice comparison. You could have just said "that's herpetoculture, not field herping", but I enjoyed this...
by Bobbleton
September 10th, 2011, 1:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 68
Views: 3971

Re: Food for thought

Most situations present a risk/gain scenario. There's a very real risk of contracting Lyme by going out to look for snakes, but I go anyway. I posit that educating people about responsible herping practices will tip the scale to the side of "gain." Yes, the key difference is that with Lyme, the onl...
by Bobbleton
September 10th, 2011, 1:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 68
Views: 3971

Re: Food for thought

Bobbleton is too school for cool. Apparently a respectful discussion warranted such a sarcasm-laced remark. I hope you patted yourself on the back. Well done. Its printed and on my fridge. I'll weed through the immaturity to find your points though. I do feel that boyscouts and the library would be...
by Bobbleton
September 8th, 2011, 9:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Food for thought
Replies: 68
Views: 3971

Re: Food for thought

Yeah don't recruit with the boyscouts or at the library, that'd just be silly. Which reminds me - I'm gonna need some volunteers to help monitor rattlesnake dens next year . . . Anyone know how I can go about setting up a table at sweetwater?
by Bobbleton
September 2nd, 2011, 2:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any adventurous souls want to night-kayak the ANF?
Replies: 12
Views: 1988

Re: Any adventurous souls want to night-kayak the ANF?

used to do this all the time when I lived in PCB. Good times . . .
by Bobbleton
August 9th, 2011, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlers no.56
Replies: 130
Views: 7282

Re: Rattlers

What myself and others are trying to do is set a better example for the new herpers to follow. I've done the stuff I see you doing in photos (ie. handling gravid females for the sake of a photo) but I've come to understand a lot more about the animals needs and I place that before my sense of entit...
by Bobbleton
May 17th, 2011, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thoughts on this one.
Replies: 15
Views: 1129

Re: Thoughts on this one.

hmmm . . . well . . . since they found out that ratsnakes are more closely related to pines than to corns . . . I suggest the name "orange pine snake".
by Bobbleton
May 14th, 2011, 1:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....
Replies: 96
Views: 4998

Re: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....

I don't really feel I am criticizing science at all. I am all about science. I <3 science. I neither called science garbage nor did I say anyone was doing it wrong. Merely pointing out that the methodology used is a lot more invasive and detrimental from the more official sector than the actions of...
by Bobbleton
May 13th, 2011, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....
Replies: 96
Views: 4998

Re: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....

Also . . . don't really have the time or wherewithal to respond to all the excellent points made in both directions, but I will say this: Jeff - you missed my point. I don't think having credentials automatically makes you "right". My response to the claim that researchers are cold idiots without co...
by Bobbleton
May 13th, 2011, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....
Replies: 96
Views: 4998

Re: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....

Bobbleton (unable to post at the moment) asked me to correct the PA model of conservation and in fairness, after knocking his state I thought I would comply... :D PA model of conservation: We encourage catch and release of herptiles so long as they are not a species at risk, unless you are hunter i...
by Bobbleton
May 13th, 2011, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....
Replies: 96
Views: 4998

Re: Ok, Lets all take a breath and face reality....

so pulling pines out in frigid air in the name of science- repeated science is okay, and because lack of knowledge of a specific infraction makes it okay. hmm, duck hunters walking through there, the four wheelers possibly wiping out a season of egg masses vs. a herper possible hurting one adult sa...