I was there shooting video and hopefully in a few weeks I'll catch up on my backlog of footage from various herping trips and upload a trip video from the Boise adventure. Stay tuned!
My photos are not nearly as good as the_cw1's, Randimal's, and likely TravisK's photos but I did shoot some panoramics that I thought were fun and a little different. I put a gallery of them together here http://imgur.com/a/UBRFz
and will post them below. I do have higher resolution versions... panoramic images can get massive and I thought I'd scale things down so viewing is a little less savage to the network.
Another photo from whipsnake hill. We've got herping war stories from this place.
Road to Succor Creek. We saw a gopher snake on the road one day, and saw some strange birds along the road. I put a fake rubber snake on the road, but nobody from the group found it. I'd like to believe a raptor encountered it and was confused.
Road to Succor Creek. Almost drove over a rattlesnake that zipped down a burrow here.
More Succor Creek. TravisK and I didn't find many herps in here, but a day later found some racers and a great basin rattlesnake nearby. He also was excited by some large scorpions and centipedes.
Morley Nelson Birds of Prey wilderness area near the snake river.
The snake river. It was awesome to look for snakes near a snake river.
No ground snakes, but finding 4 desert striped whipsnakes was huge for me. Seeing great basin rattlesnakes means I can cross it off my list and journey to see the next closest venomous snake which I think will be the prarie rattlesnake unless I choose to go down to southern california. On a trip last year I discovered I could confuse kangaroo rats with bright lights and had them running around in circles by my feet, but this year I got even better footage of this curious rodent! Cute animal! I've never used black lights to find scorpions and after calling every Spencers gifts and bong store we could think of we collected enough black lights to find bigger and bigger giant hairy scorpions. I'm not as enthusiastic for invertibrates, especially arachnids, but watching scorpions get an unholy glow even as far as 15' away was super fun. I had just heard about a locality of Pituophis catenifer deserticola in Montana that is more red/pink in color and to my delight 2 of the large gopher snakes found in Morley Nelson (Randimal got a good photo showing this above) had some pink flecks of color.
I drove a long way from Seattle to make this trip and it was great to be there. Some folks knew their birds and insects really well and as someone that usually doesn't pay much attention to these critters made for a richer and more informative trip. TravisK lead us through some great sites with diverse habitat as you can see in the pano's. I would recommend Succor Creek and Morley Nelson Birds of Prey national conservation area to other herpers they were both fantastic sites. I think pacnw herpers and other herpers in northern states are a special breed to keep the interest going through long cool winters and still celebrate things like reptiles when they can be so scarce in the north. It was great to talk shop with such wildlife enthusiasts and I learned a few new things for sure.