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by jonathan
February 17th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

We are making massive decisions every day in regards to what we're doing to the Earth, I fail to see why we should "wait for the science to be settled" in order to make more responsible choices regarding our resource use, but feel no need to wait to settle the science before we mine gold, burn oil, ...
by jonathan
February 14th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Do you (still) believe that the issue of AWG is settled because some individuals published their evaluation showing that 97% of climate researchers consider AWG to be established? Keep in mind the original document that produced the 97% figure was done a good number of years ago. So the question be...
by jonathan
February 13th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Richard, do you see how pursuing the issue in the manner you have largely predetermines the result? If rather than global warming the issue had been evolution, or the 9/11 attacks, would you also have been able to find a dissenter with scientific credentials if that was all you looked for? As is the...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 5226

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

But here's my best one...from Mount Abu in southern Rajasthan. Here's the account of the encounter which I wrote up the very night it happened. I head out at 8:15pm to herp a trail which I’d already scouted/herped from 4-7:30pm earlier in the day. Though the trailhead starts right on the edge of a m...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 5226

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Pretty much all my best no-photo stories involve mammals. I was doing field work in Bangladesh trying to collect data on frogs alone in a flooded fallow field at night. The area was devoid of large predators so my only safety concern was wild boar, with which I'd already had several uncomfortable en...
by jonathan
February 6th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Ernie is posting RT as a source now. He's hit the holy trinity of misinformation in this thread - White Supremacists, industry propaganda, and Russian state media. :lol: He's not even trying to look logical - in one comment he posts a group lauding that they are free of government influence, in the ...
by jonathan
February 6th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

So with respect to doing your ‘homework’, are you aware there is an organization of highly qualified and respected scientists that because they do not work for governments, they are not prone to be influence by financial or political considerations? Then one has to ask if they have financial ties t...
by jonathan
February 3rd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

While better than the White Supremacist crap you posted in the previous video, it didn't help your cause that the last video was covered with "Donald Trump2020" and "MAGA" tags. I looked it up and that "conference" was thrown by the Heartland Institute, a conservative American think tank previous fa...
by jonathan
January 17th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

So he posts a video by an actual criminal White Supremacist, someone who has been found guilty in a court of law of murder, church-burning, and inciting racial hatred, and he doesn't even apologize but just doubles-down and keeps going? Literally says we need to see "who is behind" these things when...
by jonathan
January 13th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Need a CC0 or equivalent Southern Leopard Frog
Replies: 1
Views: 6146

Re: Need a CC0 or equivalent Southern Leopard Frog

All of these come from when I had a pretty poor camera and didn't know how to take good pictures either, but if you don't have options maybe one will suffice? I might be able to get a higher res version that what is displaying here. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/44224-51528.jpg http://www.naherp.co...
by jonathan
January 13th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How I've come to disdain environmentalists
Replies: 49
Views: 21557

Re: How I've come to disdain environmentalists

Keep this forum clear of stupidity please. Alas we have enough of it. And then Ernie follows by posting an actual White Supremacist NeoNazi murderer and church arsonist spouting the most ridiculous racist drivel as the response to environmental issues. :roll: (the worst part is not just that video ...
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

Fantastic species and even more fantastic in-situ shots!

I really, really love the non-posed shots that show what they're doing when they're just doing their thing.
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Banded Coral Snake
Replies: 5
Views: 1255

Re: Banded Coral Snake

I'm not an expert, but, uh, that's a stripe?
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

Didn't even give me time to answer. I've never seen a minor, but those toes would have been HUGE for nigriventris. I've distinguished other slenders from nigriventris with less toe size difference than that, so I was decently confident in that one.
by jonathan
December 30th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Va

Incredible narrative! I especially love your description of finding Inyo Mountains salamanders - they have always intrigued me! -Ananth Thank you! I would have loved to provide even more detail, but its been a constant balancing act between writing an engaging enough narrative to draw attention to ...
by jonathan
December 27th, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Part 3 is now up, focusing on Slender Salamanders. We were lucky to see lots on the trip, with 9 Inyos, 1 Kern Plateau, 2 Relictual, 5 Greenhorn Mountains, and 7 Oregon, though only the campi , robustus , and relictus are profiled in the story. California Waters: Salamanders in the Cracks https://3....
by jonathan
December 23rd, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 4841

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

In tracking burmese pythons in Bangladesh, we would take pythons that had preyed on ducks in villages and relocate them something like 7-10km away. A behavior that was observed at least once, and I believe repeatedly, was for a python to lounge around in the new locality for a month or two, and then...
by jonathan
December 22nd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 1797

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

Great story!

And Sjon is a legend for his meticulousness in recording and preserving DORs. The amount of data and available specimens he has as a result of that is incredible.
by jonathan
December 19th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US
Replies: 4
Views: 1460

Re: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US

That's up near the top of coolest-looking salamanders in the world right off the jump. Sean and David posted a great (and pretty open) background of the whole process of discovery/official designation as a species here: Song of the Siren -- The Story Behind How We Found and Described a Two-foot Long...
by jonathan
November 15th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Nice write up Jonathon. The NWR in Coachella encompasses that 19 miles of “optimal” habitat but there is actually about 50 sq miles of blowsand habitat which continues to support uma. I wonder if that development you saw is related to the cannabis industry. There are several large scale operations ...
by jonathan
November 9th, 2018, 2:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Here is part two, where we cover the deserts, space, development, predators, irrigation, the Imperial valley, and extirpated species: California Waters Part 2: The Deserts https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aODkGbxBv5g/W98hDiCYkII/AAAAAAAAHUA/b7oMpK_EZjQ8JHJ0LAJDz1z1n8ibZ5NXwCLcBGAs/s1600/Tortoise%2BPreserv...
by jonathan
November 7th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yucatan mysteries
Replies: 7
Views: 6629

Re: Yucatan mysteries

It's sad to think what is lacking in some people's lives that they're reduced to actually spending time on the internet doing that. It ain't good for you, him, or any the rest of us. I honestly pray that you find something more fulfilling for yourself.
by jonathan
November 7th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yucatan mysteries
Replies: 7
Views: 6629

Re: Yucatan mysteries

Love the mud turtles!
by jonathan
October 29th, 2018, 2:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 12657

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Here are the answers/votes (combined with the votes on Facebook) 1. Yellow-belly Slider 2. Yellow-belly Slider 3. Red-eared Slider 4. Red-eared Slider 5. Red-eared Slider (melanistic) 6. Red-eared Slider (melanistic) 7. Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) 2 votes, or possibly rubiventris ...
by jonathan
October 20th, 2018, 12:08 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 21545

Re: change of forum format

My feeling was that regional forums killed FHF as we used to know it. I never even would have come here if regional forums didn't exist. Literally the exact reason I came was because I was asking a question about Utah lizards at the Utah Herpetological Society's forums, and when I got great answers...
by jonathan
October 18th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters

The RABOs are still plentiful up north, where the creeks are mostly free-flowing. It's a nice contrast to the SoCal creeks you so effectively characterize in your article. Plentiful along the coast up north. Inland is a different story. I was shocked to discover that they're nearly extirpated from ...
by jonathan
October 17th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

Re: California Waters

Okay, Jonathan, That article is first class. :thumb: :thumb: Without knowing exactly where you were, you took us along and succinctly explained the plight of the two primary amphibs. Thanks Bill! Yeah, I could have gotten even more detailed, but as you likely perceived there were details omitted fo...
by jonathan
October 16th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 10574

California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Valley

Back in May I put together an epic herping trip across eastern and central California. I've ended up going through David Steen's "Living Alongside Wildlife" blog to post the trip report. I realized after the trip that a running theme of "water" was defining the trip. So I decided to call the series,...
by jonathan
October 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 24
Views: 17000

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Do rivularis prefer warmer and deeper water like torosa or cooler shallow water like granulosa? IME the last 2 are more alike, than either is like rivularis. Its name says it all - flowing water . Which in its range, is naturally pretty cold. I've seen plenty in and around small creeks, but also in...
by jonathan
October 1st, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 12657

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

I wonder how many active (reproducing) populations of Chelhydra exist in California. I've always heard there are several populations, including some in the Bay area. Bart There was one in Beaverton, Oregon for some time though they tried to eradicate it and I believe have come close to being succes...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 12657

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Thank you Bill!

I'm looking for more input because at least one of more people have thought that one of those maps looks like a false map, and the softshell ID's have been all over the place with Florida, Smooth, and Spiny all getting into the mix.
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 12657

The East Coast Turtles of LA County

We all know that the Los Angeles area has a few turtle species... http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/22157-21034.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/17862-403708.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/43194-50047.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/102761-123314.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/27333-29634....
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner
Replies: 6
Views: 7879

Re: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner

Be careful, they are very cryptic and several herpers have been bitten by putting their hand in the wrong place in that type of habitat. Good advice. "Very cryptic" could be an understatement for specks. Besides sporting some pretty amazing background-matching they are also very disinclined to move...
by jonathan
September 1st, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 3889

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jonathan, Thank you so much for the help. What a small world it is! I love amphibians, especially photographing them. I'm excited to explore. I got to Tryon this morning before classes and it looked great, but it was dry. There was a bit of water by the few creeks, but once you got a few feet fr...
by jonathan
August 31st, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 4841

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Good post, Jonathan. That was a great welcome home bunch of outings!! Are you going to be back in the states now? Of course, the kid pics are always the best to me. This one was special because it was both a nice-sized adult and in an area I'd already searched hard twice but kept coming back becaus...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 4841

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Oh, species list for the trip: Oregon Slender Salamander - 7 Oregon Ensatina - 2 Western Red-backed Salamander - 12 Dunn's Salamander - ~25 Rough-skinned Newt - 6 Columbia Torrent Salamander - 2 Western Long-toed Salamander - 2 Coastal Giant Salamander - 14 Coastal Tailed Frog - 3 Oregon Spotted Fro...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 4841

Nice time back in Oregon

First time in America in three years and June/July didn't seem like the ideal time for herping. But Oregon is always good. My biggest find was due to the good graces of my family. My wife goes walking every day because there's a baby on the way and my dad goes walking every day because he's retired ...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 7070

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

This all sounds really mean, everyone deserves to be validated.
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 3889

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jeremy! I grew up near Portland and went to college in Claremont, so pretty much your inverse. :thumb: Salamandering is your world now. I love salamanders, you will not be a happy herper in Portland unless you love them too. The salamander diversity matches all the other herps combined. I've herp...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 12308

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here's a video showing a python that took on a huge meal relative to its size: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpXucm1LSyA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lGLRdOXCiA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VTGcqyimP8 It's much easier to fake a photo than it is to fake multiple videos with a backstory and ...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 12308

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

This pic from their study is a dramatic reference of size: Here's a more telling view of the same pic. Even with the forced perspective (the head out in front of the mans body).It is painfully obvious that it would be impossible for the snake to articulate it jaws past the wide shoulders once passi...
by jonathan
July 17th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 12308

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here is the incident from last year. Other than also being filmed with a cell phone and involving someone getting cut out of a python, I don't see how they're "nearly identical", or what the coincidence is at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgkDTJzCTok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKSQ2I95DJ...
by jonathan
June 30th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puget Sound Garter Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 16919

Re: Puget Sound Garter Snakes

So the garters I saw on a small island between Vancouver Island and the mainland are Puget Sounds? I was disappointed because they looked so typical for red-spotted in the yellow strip and red spots. I did only see two though, both in the same place.

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by jonathan
June 3rd, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!
Replies: 16
Views: 9837

Re: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!

Great post, I stayed much more engaged than I usually do on the herp tourism posts.
by jonathan
June 2nd, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10526

Re: S. Calif. trip

Yeah, slender salamanders seem to be our thing for sure. Besides the robustus we found a lot of campi (9), relictus (2), altasierrae (5), and wrightorum (8) on the same trip. But we could easily have been skunked in Kennedy Meadows, as we would have been if that one hadn't been under that one log. C...
by jonathan
May 26th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 10526

Re: S. Calif. trip

Hi Richard! A couple of us (the others completely new to California herping) arrived in the area right after you had left, but we did manage to see Brian in the general store before he took off. Our main focus was salamanders, not boas, but it turned out that most of the roads into wetter habitat wh...
by jonathan
May 26th, 2018, 9:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 21865

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

I'm right on target. As is always the case. Perhaps it might not appear that way to those to distracted or to slow to follow. About the dopes that have tried for years to confront me (including "lat"). Really dumb people are confrontational and dismissive when they encounter really smart people. If...
by jonathan
May 10th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cuban field herping - Oct 6-15, 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 5805

Re: Cuban field herping - Oct 6-15, 2018

Ernie, why do you even care? This is a field herping site, yet you never, ever post about field herping. So why do you think you can be a gatekeeper over what other people post about? Why do you even care? Your response here is very much a replica of an attack you started against a project I was inv...
by jonathan
May 9th, 2018, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So many teeth in the river
Replies: 7
Views: 5490

Re: So many teeth in the river

The Chambal River is a great place! That is a huge male Gharial! I was there in '09 and my Mom and brother went a couple years ago, everyone had a great trip. I would have loved to have seen the Hedgehog and Blackbuck. I think it has to be one of the most untouched wildlife spots in Uttar Pradesh.
by jonathan
May 1st, 2018, 10:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Troll on Craigslist
Replies: 12
Views: 12967

Re: Troll on Craigslist

When someone responds seriously to a troll post in order to inform him not to respond seriously to a troll post. :lol: