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by NACairns
August 24th, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Below the Mason Dixon
Replies: 13
Views: 2935

Re: Below the Mason Dixon

Amazing post, each photo was one of the best I've seen for that species. Great stuff.
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
August 24th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queen snake advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Queen snake advice?

Thanks all for the advice. Unfortunately we struck out at the site we tried. The habitat appeared to meet the criteria for the species but the number of large to medium rocks were pretty low and the substrate was muddy. That said, there were lots of crayfish and the dense veg (mostly grass/sedge) ca...
by NACairns
August 21st, 2015, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queen snake advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Queen snake advice?

Thanks Jack4rogers,
When we get down there I'll have a good check around for crayfish and keep an eye on over hanging veg if there is any. I'll let you guys know how we did.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
August 20th, 2015, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queen snake advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Queen snake advice?

Thanks Bill,
I'll do some google map searching for sites where the brush gets near the water. Most of these areas seem to have lots of large flat stones so here's hoping.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
August 20th, 2015, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queen snake advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Queen snake advice?

So a lab mate of mine is moving to Switzerland. We're going out herping before he leaves and the last species of snake he has yet to see in the province is the queen snake. This is not a species I have any experience with but I know of a couple sites where they are supposed to exist and the habitat ...
by NACairns
August 19th, 2015, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards from Selangor and Pahang
Replies: 5
Views: 2159

Re: Lizards from Selangor and Pahang

Kurt as usual these shots are amazing. The Hemiphyllodactylus typus portrait is particularly cool, mites included.
Thank you for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
August 18th, 2015, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer trip to central NM
Replies: 8
Views: 1602

Re: summer trip to central NM

Man you cleaned up, great stuff. I love those Plestiodon obsoletus, did you see many?
Nick
by NACairns
August 18th, 2015, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of short trips (content removed)
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: A couple of short trips (content removed)

Understood
Thanks
Nick
by NACairns
August 18th, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SRB History / taxonomy
Replies: 38
Views: 9451

Re: SRB History / taxonomy

Here's hoping. I find the odd DOR there but much of the crown land is now private so I can't check the roadside habitat in many areas. There are still YOY.
Nick
by NACairns
August 17th, 2015, 9:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of short trips
Replies: 3
Views: 1244

Re: A couple of short trips

Thanks Chrish, the Lithobates septentrionalis were a treat to see and were very common at that site so I'm pretty excited to get back there and hopefully get a ok recording. Also L sylvaticus are really pretty when they are breeding but man are they cold tolerant, there was a 45 cm ice layer on the ...
by NACairns
August 17th, 2015, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SRB History / taxonomy
Replies: 38
Views: 9451

Re: SRB History / taxonomy

It would be interesting to infer a demographic history for these populations and see what sort of growth patterns are reflected in the different clades and populations. Creston is a great spot and as you say boas can be found in decent numbers. As for BC, that does appear to be the tone and in fact ...
by NACairns
August 17th, 2015, 8:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 2872

Re: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes

Wow great report, thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
August 16th, 2015, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SRB History / taxonomy
Replies: 38
Views: 9451

Re: SRB History / taxonomy

Very interesting post and discussion. I'll have to look up the mtDNA papers but do these southern dwarf populations have low genetic diversity compared to the northern clade? Regarding rarity, I was raised under the assumption that this species was rare in my native British Columbia but once I was a...
by NACairns
August 16th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video on eastern indigo reintroduction
Replies: 10
Views: 1693

Re: Video on eastern indigo reintroduction

Nice video Jim,
Beautiful species and landscape. Great program you have going there. The use of citizen since is great and lets the rest of us see a very cool part of the world.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
August 16th, 2015, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of short trips
Replies: 3
Views: 1244

A couple of short trips

So this summer has completely revolved around a massive road trip from Kingston Ontario to the west coast to take my son to visit family (which I will post). To prepare him for this drive we took every opportunity to drive him as far as our time and budget would allow. This allowed for a bit of herp...
by NACairns
August 16th, 2015, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of short trips (content removed)
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: A couple of short trips

Will do thanks.
by NACairns
August 16th, 2015, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of short trips (content removed)
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: A couple of short trips

He was 10 months when we left. We ended up riding with one of us in the back with him most of the time, reading and playing, which worked ok. The dog helped too. I think DVDs will be the next trip. We are actualy back from the big trip I'm just slow getting this stuff up. Sorry about putting this in...
by NACairns
July 8th, 2015, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The local hike and all 5 frogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Great shots. Are those in situ or posed? I love being able to see the lateral line on the draytonii. Thanks for the information, I'll be paying close attention to puddles an creeks on the way up. Glad to hear bullfrogs are at least getting a beating with this drought you guys are going through.
Nick
by NACairns
July 8th, 2015, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The local hike and all 5 frogs.
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Great stuff. I love the predation shot, was it successful? Were the tadpoles species sharing habitat? Foothills yellow legged are in moving water typically, right? Can't wait to get down there Jim, for all the cool species. Any advice on herping Northern Cal would be most welcome.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
July 5th, 2015, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Basin Rattlesnake yawn
Replies: 8
Views: 3230

Re: Great Basin Rattlesnake yawn

Great shot, nice angle and a very pretty snake.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
July 5th, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Another "Which one do you prefer"?
Replies: 15
Views: 5540

Re: Another "Which one do you prefer"?

B for me. The grass in the foreground seems less imposing for some reason. Nice shot of a wary species. Where is it from?
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 24th, 2015, 7:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?
Replies: 17
Views: 4052

Re: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?

Anuran choruses and migrations trump any other observations I've ever made. At single Pseudacris crucifer choruses in ON, VA and KY I have stopped counting at 500 individuals and that is discounting other species observed. Similarly I counted 500+ during a breeding migration of Spea bombifrons and A...
by NACairns
June 23rd, 2015, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road tripping advice for KS, NM, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1766

Re: Road tripping advice for KS, NM, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR, W

Thanks everybody, This is is all great advice and greatly appreciated. The general theme of avoiding Death Valley is noted and something we have been talking about. Our car is in good shape but with a little kid it wouldn't been a great place to even take breaks. We both have some experience in some...
by NACairns
June 20th, 2015, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Half of 2015- part 2
Replies: 14
Views: 4243

Re: First Half of 2015- part 2

I always look forward to your posts, the content, info and photography is top notch. This one made me miss the prairies, sitting and watching the activity on a p-dog down is one of my favourite ways to pass time. The yellow on those collared lizards in really outstanding. Also really like that box t...
by NACairns
June 20th, 2015, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Epic Blue Ridge Trip (long, photo heavy)
Replies: 11
Views: 4552

Re: Epic Blue Ridge Trip (long, photo heavy)

Great post, you really cleaned up on salamanders. I can never see enough pictures of P. yonahlossee.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
June 20th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road tripping advice for KS, NM, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1766

Road tripping advice for KS, NM, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA?

Short version: Going for a drive through KS, NM, UT, AZ, NV, CA, OR and WA in mid July and would love local input on places to see and seasonal herp activity. Longer version: So my wife, young son and I are planning a massive road trip from eastern Ontario to Vancouver Island (he has to meet his kin...
by NACairns
May 17th, 2015, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County
Replies: 10
Views: 3069

Re: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County

Thanks Heather and Jonathan, I'll post a request for advice in the next couple days-weeks and hopefully some of those folks will be able to speak to the area at that time of year. From growing up on Vancouver Island I found July to be a bit low on activity but the Okanagan is hopping. We might have ...
by NACairns
May 16th, 2015, 1:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first Snapper!
Replies: 2
Views: 1431

Re: My first Snapper!

Congrats, they are an awesome and charismatic species aren't they? My guess is female?
Happy herping,
Nick
by NACairns
May 16th, 2015, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County
Replies: 10
Views: 3069

Re: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County

Thanks Hadar,
I had read about it and seen it in other media but I was unsure. It is added to the list for the family road trip this summer. Any idea what sort of herp activity will be like in late July? May I ask you the same question for Corvallis?
Thanks
Nick
by NACairns
May 15th, 2015, 7:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report - Peninsular Malaysia april 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 7902

Re: trip report - Peninsular Malaysia april 2015

I love the commentary on each species. Spectacular, hard to really say more.
Thank you,
Nick
by NACairns
May 14th, 2015, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County
Replies: 10
Views: 3069

Re: Redwood National Park and Humboldt County

Great story and very cool species. Fern Canyon looks amazing how long does is stay so narrow?
Thank you for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
May 14th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eremean Easter: south-west Queensland, Australia
Replies: 17
Views: 6457

Re: Eremean Easter: south-west Queensland, Australia

Great post, the photo's are outstanding and as is the narrative. I love the gecko diversity.
Thank you for posting,
Nick
by NACairns
May 14th, 2015, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northwest Chapter Trips this year thread
Replies: 11
Views: 3081

Re: Northwest Chapter Trips this year thread

If you plan anything in late July do you folks mind out-of-towners tagging along? My name is Nick, my wife along with our young son will be on a road trip from Kingston Ontario to visit my folks on Vancouver Island via SW Utah and San Fran. If the timing lines up we'd love to meet up with other herp...
by NACairns
May 14th, 2015, 7:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Herpers Storm the Border - California side
Replies: 13
Views: 4678

Re: NW Herpers Storm the Border - California side

Great post, both of them. I have to agree with every body that Mt. Shasta Elgaria is stunning. You got some great diversity, looks like a great trip has me itching for my west coast road trip in July.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
May 14th, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 1/3 of 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2103

Re: First 1/3 of 2015

What a great post, nice to see Pseudacris getting the star treatment.
Thanks for sharing your great photography.
Nick
by NACairns
May 13th, 2015, 8:24 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Underwater in the Northern Territory Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 5918

Re: Underwater in the Northern Territory Australia

Wonderful, what a great into to the natural history of the of the region. How many sets/ much runtime did it take to capture all that activity and diversity? Can you give us bit of a break down of the species? What species of turtles are shown: Elseya dentata, Emydura tanybaraga and Chelodina oblong...
by NACairns
May 4th, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in south/central Thailand - Feb 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2336

Re: A week in south/central Thailand - Feb 2015

Great post, the photography is gourgous and the diversity is amazing. You saw a lot of wildlife in a week. I love the chipmunk and Farancia abacura... I mean Himalayan Striped Squirrel and the Cylindrophis ruffus.
Great stuff, thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
May 4th, 2015, 8:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia
Replies: 10
Views: 3467

Re: Snakes from Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia

Stunning.
Thanks for posting.
Nick
by NACairns
May 3rd, 2015, 8:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody from Ontario?
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Re: Anybody from Ontario?

I'm based out of Kingston, not too close but that is the issue with living in such a large province. Drop me a line if you are ever headed further east.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
May 3rd, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Arkansas Herping Parts 1-3
Replies: 6
Views: 1804

Re: 2015 Arkansas Herping Parts 1-3

Great stuff, love the diversity and the photography. So many species I want to see, can't wait to get down there again.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
May 2nd, 2015, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Discussion Q: how young is too young to freehandle hots?
Replies: 19
Views: 3564

Re: Discussion Q: how young is too young to freehandle hots?

Congrats Josh, enjoy the new herping buddy.
All the very best to you and your family,
Nick
by NACairns
May 1st, 2015, 6:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip

No worries, even if it was a direct quote. Kelly helped us out a lot, he earned the right to a little low level slander. Missing Arkansas (and TX, LA, AL) now that I'm back to work, really wishing that I had spent some more time looking for/taking better pictures of herps especially salamanders of t...
by NACairns
May 1st, 2015, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2521

Re: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest

Yeah, what a great start to a year. That crawfish frog looks like he has been calling for a while, such a cool species. Illinois chorus frog is a species I have always wanted to see, always wanted to watch one dig.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
April 30th, 2015, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Far-north Queensland, Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 4508

Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

What an amazing post. The photography is outstanding and diversity is so cool to see. I am also particularly partial to the swimming scrub python shot. Are tree kangaroos hard to observe?
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
April 28th, 2015, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip

Yeah, Kelly was pretty gracious about it but sure he had choice words saved up for us. I should have known better but its not the first time I've been stuck and it sure won't be the last. At least we'll be remembered for something. The indigo was a spectacular snake, the temperament was different th...
by NACairns
April 26th, 2015, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elkhorn Tigers UPDATE
Replies: 23
Views: 3938

Re: Elkhorn Tigers UPDATE

Great work, nice to see a rehabilitation project success story. That rehab pond looks amazing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
April 24th, 2015, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip

Thanks chrish, Mark and I had a great time and I think we hit the right spots (won't know until we get some of the lab work finished up). We saw some really cool areas and species but the issue (from a diversity perspective) with working on peepers is we work so early in the season and we always wor...
by NACairns
April 23rd, 2015, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Peeper huntin' 2015 with an indigo side trip

As my previous posts have mentioned I'm doing my graduate studies on the phylogeography of Pseudacris crucifer across the species entire range. One of the best parts of my job is getting out into the field and explore novel places were peepers occur. This iteration of field season was to cover Louis...
by NACairns
April 21st, 2015, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tejon Ranch photos
Replies: 12
Views: 3455

Re: Tejon Ranch photos

What spectacular habitat, looks like a great place to herp, even better that you found some. Xantusia is a genus I've always wanted to see in person but have consistently failed to do so. Do you find them in the standing Joshua trees? I've always focused on dead-fall the few times I've been in their...