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by Richard F. Hoyer
May 19th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 15116

Re: S. Calif. trip

Tony,
Yes, the trip south proved to be very rewarding. The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to record information on three more boas from the Southern Kern Plateau.

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 18th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 15116

S. Calif. trip

Each spring since 1993, I have traveled to S. Calif. with the goal of acquiring basic information on populations of the Rubber Boa. My first targeted population was the Southern Rubber Boa (subspecies?) found in the San Bernardino Mts. That effort took place from 1993 through 1997. That effort resul...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 23rd, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 19581

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, The 'Chat' is the newsletter for the Audubon Society of Corvallis. In the latest Dec. issue of the Chat, it mentions another Gyrfalcon having been observed a number of times in neighboring Linn County just east of where I live in Corvallis, Oregon. The observer is Jeff Fleischer who does rapto...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 27th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 19581

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, I have been to northeastern Oregon (Wallow County) but never have been to Troy which is very close to the border with Washington. For many years, falconers have reported observing Gyrfalcons in central and eastern Oregon. But of course, by and large, the birding elites have dismissed such sigh...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 26th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 19581

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, First, I was surprised that when I clicked on the link in my message in this forum, up came the photographs of birds BUT minus the numerous photos of the large falcon. When I now just went back to the original message I received from Hendrik and clicked on the link, again all photos of the fal...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 25th, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 19581

Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Below I have copied a message received on Dec. 17th. with a link to birds observed during the CBC including a good number of photos of a large falcon. When I ‘copy’ the link to myself then click on the link, the photos will not come up. However, when I ‘forward’ the link to myself, I can then click ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 7th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'
Replies: 5
Views: 4416

Re: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'

MCHerper. As for the issue of co-evolution of a predator and it prey in relation to toxins, although not involving snake venom, I suggest you might look in to the research published by Dr. Edmond (Butch) Brodie at Utah State U. involving the ‘venom’ produced by species of newts and their snake preda...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 29th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim,
I am not in any position to provide feedback on either species of turtle let alone the affects of those contaminates on aquatic wildlife including those turtles. Hope it all turns out well.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, More questions here. If you have researched all of the published literature on the two species, more than likely the information therein would be the best available. Can you divulge what was the contaminate or contaminates, where it occurred, and how large of an area is believed to have been co...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, One of the more knowledgeable individuals on the W. Pond Turtle would Dr. Bruce Bury. retired USGS biologist of Corvallis. I suspect you many have already been in touch with Dr. Bury. Am I correct in assuming any of the remedial actions you mention would take place when the river is at its lowe...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I have been away for awhile due to having hip replacement surgery on 10/24. I have a correction to make. I erred in my second post of 10/18/17 when I indicated that all three authors of the paper I cited (abstract given) as being NatureServe personnel. The two subordinate authors are affiliated with...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 20th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

EE, My strengths lie elsewhere than with the use of the English language. I likely took undue liberty in my use of the term ‘bias’. Perhaps it would have been better had I mentioned that after researching NatureServe's 'methods' and 'conservation status results', I then formed an ‘unfavorable’ view....
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 19th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Ernie E., As I have mentioned before, sometimes your ‘colorful’ (caustic) language has become the focus by others rather than the substance of what is contained in your messages. The same thing has happened to me in various threads on these forums. So it is to be expected when one tries to inform. B...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 18th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

As mentioned in my prior post, state wildlife agencies have relied on NatureServe’s conservation status accounts as if such results were science based. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth! In reviewing NatureServe’s methodology, there are multiple problems I could identify. However, that ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 18th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Before identifying what I consider as shortcomings in the Utah Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), in order to create a broader understanding, some additional factors need to be reviewed. First, the reason wildlife agencies hire leadership and biologists with degrees in wildlife science or related fields is...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 17th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, I had to interrupt my involvement in this ‘discussion’ as a number of other matters have taken my time. But I have continued to review the Utah Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) that identified a large number of non-game species, including some invertebrates, as ‘Species of Greatest Conservation Need...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 8th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, From within your 10/4/17 post, there are lots of ‘items’ upon which I could comment but will mention one. I noted the following irony and perhaps something to consider. NatureServe’s has the 14 species of springsnails ranked at G-1, N-1 and S-1. “Critically imperiled (typically having 5 or few...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 7th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

In the proposal, there was a ZERO QUOTA on five common species of lizards.

Incompetence is exhibited by the state wildlife agency employees that proposed a zero take on species whose populations in Nevada must number in the hundreds of thousand to millions.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 5th, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Thank EE for the information. As I mentioned somewhere along the line, how important is leadership. It seem clear that neither the head of the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division nor Jason Jones have any real understanding of the basics that involve wildlife populations. And I thought they were so conc...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, The Utah WAP is an imperfect document as I believe you have mentioned or inferred. Below are what may be some of those ‘imperfections’. The issue of both tri-colored kingsnakes comes to mind. Of course, I suspect it is unlikely there exist any published scientific research that relates to rari...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 6:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Ernie, How on earth did you come across the proposal you say was submitted by Jason Jones to the Nevada Wildlife commission? Are you certain of your information? What you mention is so bizarre, I if find it hard to believe! If the Rubber Boa was on the Jones proposal, what limits did he indicate for...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 7:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

On Oct. 1st., I took a peek at the Utah Wildlife Action Plan. Since then as time has allowed, I have been scanning some of the information in that plan. It constitutes an extremely comprehensive and complex undertaking that must be applauded in its scope and details. The document has 374 pages and y...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 1st, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, As for what you mention about ‘some things I don’t understand’, I am well aware that by just looking from the outside in, I could very well have a somewhat different view than if it was the other way around. That is why I sometimes mentioned the ‘disclaimer’ that I could be in error. Late last...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 1st, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jonathan, At the end, you ask, “Can you answer those four specific questions?” No problem. Question #1) The answer would vary depending on whether or not you include invertebrates as representing non-game species. But if you are interested in knowing the number of non-game vertebrate species, go to ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 G If I could wave a magic wand to effect changes in wildlife agencies, I would transfer all biologists in the Wildlife Diversity (non-game) Divisions into the Game Divisions and replace them with the biologists in the Game Divisions. In that manner, the former biologists could gain an unde...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 F Quote: “The Rank Calculator has an extensive user interface in its "threats" module. If one has quantitative info one can use it. That is rarely the case. Qualitative info is better than no info. No info ("unknown") is an input option, however. You can also enter ranges - narrow or wide,...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 E As for my views being narrow, I plead guilty. If that implies I unequivocally disapprove of wildlife agencies violating their own guiding principles of using a science-based approach to managing non-game species, I am guilty. If that implies I consider it to be unprofessional and unethic...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 D I have mentioned just how important is leadership. I am fairly certain you (and Bryan?) understand just how bogus is the common wildlife agency policy of placing species in a ‘protected’ status. Such a practice has zero conservation value. Now there are two possibly explanations that com...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 C As for the issue of ‘threats’, that in itself is a very ‘bad joke’ to say the least. Most, if not all identified threats are in fact, faced by all species across the board, not just the species singled out for review as candidates for some type of listing. To indicate such ‘threats’,as i...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 B Quote: “Stating it briefly, managers need to manage in the face of some serious information deficiencies. Managers do not have the ability to wait until we have perfect information, invariably we have to make a judgement call about when we have "good enough to start with". Putting it ano...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Post 9/30 A Jimi’s Sept. 26th post contains many interesting issues. I will start my comments with what is mentioned at the end of his post. I appreciate the candor in your Sept. 26th post but wonder if you realize just how revealing is that information. What you mention confirms all of my prior und...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 26th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, Our understanding of the Natural Heritage / NatureServe methods and the process used to arrive at ranking results are absolutely identical. In fact, by adding a few more details, you supported and completely confirmed my position that such ranking results are unadulterated junk science at it f...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 24th, 2017, 8:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Chris, I am very aware of how journalists can ‘doctor’ information. In my first post of Sept. 1, I mentioned the following: “Journalists often take liberties. But if the above quotes are reasonably accurate, they reveal a lack of understanding my biologist Jones. The reason I gave credence to the qu...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 24th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

In referring to the NDOW maintaining a data base on species, can anyone tell me if the NDOW has a data base on the Rubber Boa? If they do, I presume it is not possible to access that data base. Individuals have the mistaken opinion that information on localities would lead to negative impacts on pop...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 24th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, With respect to your Sept. 21 post, what you mention about being critical is on target. I agree with part of your characterization of Jason Jones as most individual fit a similar profile. But if Jason in the same Jason Jones that posted on PARC, early on this forum ?, or perhaps on the Kingsna...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 24th, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi, With respect to your Sept. 21 post, I do not know where to find, nor do I recall what you mentioned about Nature Serve. So what I mention below may not match your understanding of the NatureServe organization. In reading the various NatureServe web sites, most individuals would believe these o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 22nd, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jimi,
I have thoroughly reviewed all that I could find on NatureServe, their methods, and ranking results. But if you would steer me to what you mention about NatureServe, I will review that information and see if it dovetails with what I found and my assessment.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 19th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

One Sept. 3, I sent the NDOW the request copied below. Have yet to received a response. The email address I used was [email protected].org I may have sent my request to the wrong source. Perhaps Bryan or Jimi, could you see if you can obtain the requested information or know of a better source in the ND...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 18th, 2017, 9:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Ernie, It is refreshing to observe someone else use critical thinking skills to examine issues. I understand your last post perfectly. In a somewhat different manner, I was trying to make the similar point without going on and on as I tend to do. But the mistake I believe we both make is that we thi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 18th, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

In examining the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division, it mentions the following: “It has been the responsibility of the personnel in the Wildlife Diversity Division to compile division data on the abundance and distribution of many of the less well-known wildlife species of Nevada. The division has tak...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 18th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Odds and Ends #3 From the 8/27/17 article by Daniel Rothberg; ““There is significant mortality of reptiles due to large numbers (700+) of unpermitted pitfall traps,” one NDOW administrator wrote in a memo ahead of the July commission meeting.” Comment: Can anyone on this forum identify just how much...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 18th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Odds and Ends #2 Neither power point document contains reference to the fact that there are other states that have commercial harvest of reptiles and amphibians. Do you think that was just an unintentional oversight on the part of Jason Jones and Jennifer Newmark? Both documents emphasize that Nevad...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 18th, 2017, 7:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Odds and Ends #1 In the article by By Ken Botkin, Las Vegas Review – Journal Sept. 3, 2017: “An outright ban threatened his livelihood, but Bentz said he neither needs nor wants unlimited reptile collection.” “Bentz said he sent a proposal to state wildlife officials that would limit the collecting ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 16th, 2017, 9:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Steve S. The advice you gave me was just repeated my Dr. Jeff Boundy of Louisiana on the main form under the thread, ”Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles “ But just to make myself ‘feel better’, I sent a revised draft of my comments to the Nevada Commissioners (see below). I also se...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 16th, 2017, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 14343

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

J.B. If you haven't done so, and if you can put up with more excessive verbiage from that Orygun fellow, this topic began with a link posted by Bryan Hamilton on August 30th on the News forum (“State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada”) In a recent post, I was informed by a forme...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 16th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 14343

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

To be credible, you need to identify yourself. And if you are affiliated with an organization such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Heritage, etc., that information should be known as well. If you choose not to divulge such information, that would speak for itself. Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Part #5: Final Analysis: So I now refer back to just now totally nutty is the perceptions by NDOW personnel who implied that the commercial collecting of reptiles can harm the overall populations of reptiles in Nevada such as the Leopard Lizard. Consider the following: From the document by Jennifer ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Part 4: Densities and Population Estimates: Research describing the methods for ascertaining species’ densities vary from being very complex to being very simple such as just counting members of a species over an area of known size. But researchers are reluctant to provide estimates of overall popul...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Part #3: Information Analysis: Now before I go any further, there will be individuals that have the urge to say that nothing that I will be mentioning would pass as being scientific, subject to statistical treatment, publishable, etc. etc. And that would be correct. But what I have covered thus far,...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252874

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Part #2: Deer and Lizards in Nevada: In reviewing the species of reptiles commercial collectors harvest in Nevada, most are species of lizards. Having traveled through a good deal of Nevada at one time or another, much of the habitat in the state appears to be lizard friendly. Yet I assume there are...