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by cbernz
October 31st, 2014, 6:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?
Replies: 18
Views: 5834

Re: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?

There are probably a few other inadvertent records on NAHERP. Might be worth perusing through counties in their range to see if we can't catch any. I'd bet that all the L. pipiens records from NJ are kauffeldi, and probably all the L. sphenocephalus records from Morris, Somerset, Middlesex, and Ess...
by cbernz
October 31st, 2014, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?
Replies: 18
Views: 5834

Re: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?

They haven't added kauffeldi to the database yet, so I'll wait to add my records, but in the meantime, I got myself a SoundCloud account: https://soundcloud.com/cbernz/nj-bern-02-pt1-06apr2014wav Am I right in assuming that I can't embed soundcloud files since they use HTML, or is there a workaround?
by cbernz
October 30th, 2014, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?
Replies: 18
Views: 5834

Re: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0108213 Here in the Passaic River Valley, they are all over the place. I see them in my backyard vernals frequently, although I haven't seen them breeding yet (I do hear them calling in my neighbor's yard, though). Generally, at lea...
by cbernz
October 30th, 2014, 6:22 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: strangest thing you ever caught
Replies: 48
Views: 36170

Re: strangest thing you ever caught

I didn't personally catch this, but on a party boat one time I watched the girl next to me reel in a big orange sea anemone attached to a brick.
by cbernz
October 30th, 2014, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?
Replies: 18
Views: 5834

Re: Anyone have recordings of the new Leopard Frog species?

I have a decent field recording of a chorus that I made as part of a survey. I can send it to you if you'd like.
by cbernz
October 29th, 2014, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?

Oh, also, film on top of a vernal pool is not always pollution. At various times during the year, my pools have layers of pollen, algae, and scum floating on top, which can look a lot like oil or soap films. The water in my pools also turns alarmingly black at this time of year, which at first I tho...
by cbernz
October 29th, 2014, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?

It is well past Wood Frog breeding time, so your frog could just as easily be a wanderer as a resident, but if you check that spot again in March or April and hear them calling, that might be a good sign. I'm not sure how pollution-tolerant Wood Frogs are. I've only found them in pretty clean water.
by cbernz
October 29th, 2014, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That moment when you're excited to see your work cited...
Replies: 14
Views: 5258

Re: That moment when you're excited to see your work cited..

This could become a new thing, like an Easter Egg hunt or "Where's Waldo," where people cite your article in papers on completely irrelevant topics.

I wonder how often people cite irrelevant articles, hoping or assuming that nobody will bother to actually look them up.
by cbernz
October 24th, 2014, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-Name That Herp...
Replies: 11
Views: 2700

Re: New Game-Name That Herp...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Edible Frog.
by cbernz
October 23rd, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Death's-head Hawkmoth in Sweden
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Re: Death's-head Hawkmoth in Sweden

They call it a Death's Head, but to me it looks more like an Imperial Storm Trooper. Really cool moth.

I'd love to see some of your other 34 species.
by cbernz
October 23rd, 2014, 3:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: International Herping
Replies: 10
Views: 2795

Re: International Herping

I've been to Costa Rica 4 times now, and I will keep going back for as long as I can. As others have said, the diversity is high, it's pretty easy to get around, and outside of the city it's a safe place to travel. For me it was an easy decision as a first (and so far only) international herp destin...
by cbernz
October 22nd, 2014, 5:26 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink
Replies: 14
Views: 6542

Re: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink

Yeah, that's pretty lame to charge a fee on top of making you buy food, especially considering many of those places are already overpriced. On my last trip, we had good success at La Georgina Restaurant, on the road down from Cerro de la Muerte. We stopped there between meals while the staff were cl...
by cbernz
October 21st, 2014, 6:01 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink
Replies: 14
Views: 6542

Re: Costa Rica Birds - Aug 2014 - 70 photos, get a drink

Man, I've got to do Cano Negro. The Jabiru, the Crakes, the Thick-knees and Jacanas and Green Ibis - awesome! You wouldn't mind sharing the name of the roadside spaghetti slinging place so that I don't end up going there on my next trip, would you? I can't believe the nerve! I think your Crimson-col...
by cbernz
October 20th, 2014, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas ID ?'s
Replies: 12
Views: 2745

Re: Texas ID ?'s

I agree with likely coyote. In any case, it is definitely two tracks overlayered. Just look at the position of the far left toe compared to the others - no mammal has a toe arrangement like that.

Also, it appears otter is not on the park's checklist.
by cbernz
October 17th, 2014, 6:40 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Looking for a good field guide for Moths Eastern N. America
Replies: 3
Views: 2599

Re: Looking for a good field guide for Moths Eastern N. Amer

The Peterson Northeast guide is great. It's not comprehensive, but it does a good job covering the species I see most often here in NJ. It uses live photos against a white background, so the field marks are clear and you get to see the moth in a natural pose, which makes it 1000 times more useful th...
by cbernz
October 17th, 2014, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quest for the Northern Red
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: Quest for the Northern Red

Yeah, those are Reds.
by cbernz
October 16th, 2014, 6:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alaska Frawgs
Replies: 18
Views: 5174

Re: Alaska Frawgs

Cool post. Your Wood Frogs look very different from the ones down here. I've never seen Wood Frogs with dark blotches like that before - they almost look Leopard-like. The dorsal stripe is also unusual. Around here they are pretty much plain tan or reddish-brown with a dark mask. Do you guys not hav...
by cbernz
October 10th, 2014, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few highlights from this year
Replies: 6
Views: 2166

Re: A few highlights from this year

That is a crazy looking Redback! Very cool.
by cbernz
August 22nd, 2014, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: all amphibian species of Europe – an overview
Replies: 8
Views: 4879

Re: all amphibian species of Europe – an overview

Wow. America has some amazing salamanders, but your newts kick our newts' asses all over the place! The Alpine Newt alone would be worth the trip for me, as would the Marbled Newt. Are you available as a tour guide? I might look you up someday.
by cbernz
August 18th, 2014, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 10160

Re: Questions from your President

Collecting data is the ONLY herp-related activity that gives back to herps, rather than just satisfy OUR wants/desires I can think of several (arguably more) important activities off the top of my head: 1) education (leading field trips, etc.) 2) outreach (giving talks, slide shows, etc.) 3) preser...
by cbernz
August 17th, 2014, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern herp class (pic heavy)
Replies: 7
Views: 2506

Re: Northern herp class (pic heavy)

So were you in the water, or were you sticking the camera in the water on a tube or something?
by cbernz
August 9th, 2014, 3:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Looking for more hawk IDs
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Re: Looking for more hawk IDs

1 and 3 are Ferruginous (that dark morph is a beauty!). 5 might be a Red-tail - I'm not sure. The others all look like Swainson's to me.
by cbernz
August 9th, 2014, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I have to admit that I've no sympathy whatsoever for folks who complain that all they want to do is take photographs (so they shouldn't have to have a license...). If one is pointedly making use of a resource and it's a resource that is or should be managed (and in my opinion that includes all wild...
by cbernz
August 4th, 2014, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

"I don't/shouldn't have to buy a hunting license because I'm only photographing rather than harvesting the quarry I'm hunting" doesn't fly with me. As I said, my position is incredibly easy to get - unless one simply doesn't want to get it. I get that you want photographers to pay for the right to ...
by cbernz
August 2nd, 2014, 9:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

cbernz, I think I've been pretty clear I suspect that if you'd really been as clear as you think you were, you wouldn't have needed to spend so much time reiterating your points and analogies. I was just trying to suggest that you might want to try a different approach, that's all. And no, I don't ...
by cbernz
August 2nd, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

[if you're using a public resource, you should pay a user fee to help support its management and conservation See, why not just talk about this, and forget all the stuff that has to involve us being obtuse or stupid or just not getting the point you keep making? We're getting sucked into the vortex...
by cbernz
August 2nd, 2014, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Well, I'm not buying the argument on behalf of poor college students. I know that college is a lot more expensive today than it was when I went, but I also know that unlike then, nowadays virtually none of them earn and pay anything at all toward (never mind a significant portion of) the expense. Y...
by cbernz
August 1st, 2014, 9:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

That's not what I said or meant. I spoke of "pointedly making use of" and "target[ing] for recreational activities," in other words, putting in effort specifically to hunt for (regardless of whether the hunt ends in a killed/collected/photographed/what-have-you animal). A parallel can be found in o...
by cbernz
July 29th, 2014, 12:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 25650

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I was in Texas in April with a group of mixed birders/butterfliers/photographers with casual interest in herps. We asked the rangers at one particular park about the possibility of driving the park roads at night and photographing animals on the road. The rangers said that it was fine with them, as ...
by cbernz
July 25th, 2014, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?

Chris, is your Sheep Frog chorus just Sheep Frogs or are there G. olivacea also?
by cbernz
July 25th, 2014, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?

Yes, those Gopher Frogs are awesome. Also, I would trade valuable body parts to see and hear live Rhinophrynus. I love all frogs, but my favorite so far are these Physalaemus pustulosus from Costa Rica. They were calling from about 3 inches of water in a little puddle about 10 feet from our lodge: h...
by cbernz
July 21st, 2014, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What Species of Turtle is This?
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: What Species of Turtle is This?

I'm pretty sure it's not a Musk or Mud, and I'm also pretty sure it's not native, but that's all I've got.
by cbernz
July 21st, 2014, 5:43 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Burrowing Owls and more
Replies: 4
Views: 2666

Re: Burrowing Owls and more

Nice pics! Your Red-tail is a Swainson's, and your second Prairie is actually a Ferruginous Hawk. Oh, cool. Thanks for the corrections. I thought the prairie falcon was wrong. What's the give a way on the Swainson's Hawk? Its all still new to me. Trying to figure out how to ID these. -Rye The slim ...
by cbernz
July 20th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Burrowing Owls and more
Replies: 4
Views: 2666

Re: Burrowing Owls and more

Nice pics! Your Red-tail is a Swainson's, and your second Prairie is actually a Ferruginous Hawk.
by cbernz
July 14th, 2014, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 10160

Re: Questions from your President

Jake, the post you just wrote is a good example of the type of thing that is easier to communicate on a forum like this than it is on Facebook. Facebook is great for slapping up a quick photo or two (at reduced quality) and/or a couple brief lines of text, but it's not a great place to write extende...
by cbernz
July 13th, 2014, 11:13 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part II - South Island
Replies: 4
Views: 3732

Re: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part II - South Is

My wife and I were supposed to go to NZ on our honeymoon, until our situation changed and we ended up doing a much shorter trip to Zion NP. Now all my desire to go to NZ has been rekindled reading your posts! NZ pelagic birding is to NJ pelagic birding as a ribeye is to a Slim-Jim.
by cbernz
July 13th, 2014, 7:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...
Replies: 24
Views: 9302

Re: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...

I'll bet $100 there's no actual snake involved in this "story." Here are my theories: 1) Someone saw a Mink or River Otter and mistook it for a giant snake head, causing mass hysteria 2) Some drunk/drugged/deranged person imagined a big snake in the water, causing mass hysteria 3) Some kid(s) went a...
by cbernz
July 8th, 2014, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI - Costa Rica advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2149

Re: RFI - Costa Rica advice

I find Solorzano's book to be more complete and have superior information compared to Savage's. Its worth it to pick up for sure. I'll have to get that book, but how can it be more complete than Savage's if it only has snakes? Or are you talking about a different book? Also, your trip report was un...
by cbernz
July 7th, 2014, 11:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: AnimalBytesTV
Replies: 21
Views: 14032

Re: AnimalBytesTV

listening to NPR en route to their herping spot Sorry, I can't resist this side-derailment. Actually I guess it's kind of relevant, since it has to do with animal-related broadcasting. I went to the NPR website, and searched for "snakes" and filtered by "heard on-air." http://www.npr.org/templates/...
by cbernz
July 6th, 2014, 2:10 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: AnimalBytesTV
Replies: 21
Views: 14032

Re: AnimalBytesTV

I like the promos, and I love the idea of nature programming by animal lovers, for animal lovers. Especially considering most animal programming on TV is by jaded network executives, for mindless gawkers. I think the essential truth about snakes (that most of us ignore or don't want to admit) is tha...
by cbernz
July 6th, 2014, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI - Costa Rica advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2149

Re: RFI - Costa Rica advice

Hey Chris, I'm by no means a CR expert, although I've spent about 5 weeks there over the course of 4 separate trips. I'll give you what advice I can. Get Savage's book, if for no other reason than the fact it is awesome. I leave the book home when I go, but sometimes I print out and laminate ID guid...
by cbernz
July 2nd, 2014, 10:40 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp-related tattoo ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 13315

Re: Herp-related tattoo ideas?

Klawnskale, it seems we're talking past each other, which is fine because we're not really on topic anyway.

I don't have any tattoos, and don't plan on getting any, but if I were to get a herp-related one it would definitely be a salamander. Probably a Green.
by cbernz
July 2nd, 2014, 7:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp-related tattoo ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 13315

Re: Herp-related tattoo ideas?

This comment: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is kind of ironic considering these comments: People should really be careful with those big earlobe holes though, if they decide to get a square corporate job and stop wearing the things in them, the holes shrink up and look just like cat anuses. I...
by cbernz
July 1st, 2014, 9:01 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp-related tattoo ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 13315

Re: Herp-related tattoo ideas?

klawnskale wrote:Have you ever seen an 80 year old person's body that is decorated with multiple tattoos? I have; and it's not pretty.
To be fair, have you ever seen an 80-year-old person's body that DID look pretty?
by cbernz
June 28th, 2014, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cambodia ID help Please
Replies: 6
Views: 1256

Re: Cambodia ID help Please

Mike VanValen wrote:Rhinella marina
Gastrophryne carolinensis
Osteopilus septentrionalis
Acris crepitans

:lol:
Totally!
by cbernz
June 28th, 2014, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best product to use as a field journal?
Replies: 16
Views: 2788

Re: Best product to use as a field journal?

I've used the Rite-in-the-rain and Space Pen combo in wet weather, and it works great. It's pretty cool to write stuff in driving rain and have it actually be readable. The Rite-in-the-rain books are expensive, so I try to only use it when it's wet out, and take very concise notes. Then I write more...
by cbernz
June 27th, 2014, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North
Replies: 16
Views: 4776

Re: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North

I speak only for CT, but the areas where copperheads are common are usually not near any roads. I'm sure it happens but all of my copperhead spots are a bit of a hike. I think it's the same here in NJ. If there are roads through the habitat they're most likely rocky forest roads that aren't great f...
by cbernz
June 19th, 2014, 6:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County record gaps
Replies: 7
Views: 2431

Re: County record gaps

a gourmet meatball store I'm definitely way too lowbrow to even understand that. In my world, there are two kinds of meatballs: the kinds in spaghetti and the Swedish kind. It's trendy right now: http://themeatballshop.com/ It's cool nowadays to open places that specialize in very specific foods, l...
by cbernz
June 18th, 2014, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County record gaps
Replies: 7
Views: 2431

Re: County record gaps

Kings County, NY consists solely of Brooklyn. I can give you a complete list of the entire herp population of the county right now: about 1000 Green Frogs in the lake at Prospect Park about 150 Bullfrogs in the same lake a few thousand pet store turtles in the same lake a couple dozen Brown Snakes s...
by cbernz
June 18th, 2014, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA
Replies: 13
Views: 3125

Re: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA

Those are great posts, Mike. I'm glad that you had a great time, although I'm disturbed by the fact that my grueling pace nearly did you in! I had the opposite problem - I came home to a sick wife and two sick kids, so of course I had that guilt to deal with. I'm glad everyone's ok now.