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by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Part #1: Background Information: Quite a few years ago, my son Ryan in Utah mentioned I might be interested in joining the national PARC ListServe web site indicating he thought some misinformation / misunderstandings occurred on that web site. At the time, the PARC membership was comprised of state...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 15th, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Steve S. indicated any proposed comments I might have for the Nevada Commissioners was likely a waste time for two reasons. I was a non-resident of Nevada and that it was far to late in the game. So as I mentioned, I went back to splitting fire wood. I finished that task this morning. So then I went...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 13th, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Steve S. Since you mentioned the that because I am a non-resident and it is too late in the game, then sending input to the Commissioners seems unwarranted. Below was what I had prepared for the Commission but it seems all was just a waste of time. No big deal however. I will just go back to finishi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 13th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Steve S. Below I have copied what was mentioned at the end of the article that accompanied the power point document by Jason Jones. It was this narrative that led me to believe that the pit fall traps were not a critical issue. That is not to say the unwarranted and unnecessary loss of animal life c...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 13th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Steve, I found your post as very well thought out and reasonable. I mentioned somewhere that assessing situations long distance has hazards. So some of the details you mention certainly are of importance. For some reason, I did not consider that it was the commercial collectors that were installing ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Chris,
Maybe the term 'senile' would be for fitting.

RFH
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Jimi, As I just now posted, I have been working on a draft for this thread in which I attempt to provide a different method for understanding the current issue of commercial harvest of reptiles in Nevada. The first draft was sooooooo long that I will break it into a series of posts. I am not finishe...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Bryan, As I mentioned previously, I have always had reservations about the pet trade in reptiles and amphibians. The profit motive can produce problems along with the very reason you mention. I venture to say that most captive specimens either end up dying of neglect or when individuals lack the kno...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Below are links to two other articles I found in my Google search. It can be seen that Jones and Newmark appear to perceive that the numbers of reptiles harvested represent a decline in reptile populations. Such an interpretation demonstrates a lack of critical thinking. Richard F. Hoyer +++++++++++...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Bryan, You very well could be right, that I am going off the deep end. But isn’t that to be considered normal for a person about to turn 84 (next month)? I know it is only wishing thinking on my part, but I would really like to see the conservation movement return to ethical standards. What irks me ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Some time ago, I considered trying to contact the head of the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division, Jennifer Newmark, to see if she would change her stance if I were to present her with information she had not considered. Today, I Goolged her name and came up where it describes her appointment as the ad...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2017, 9:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

First, all of the posts I have submitted in this thread are more for my benefit than for others. In my attempt to review issues, I find it helps if I put my thoughts in writing. In that regard, I will be submitting a series of posts that pertain to this issue. The more I have delved into what has tr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 11th, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Bryan Hamilton began this thread by posting a link to an article that included a power point by NDOW biologist Jason Jones. However, there is another power point entitled “Commercial Collection of Reptiles” produced by Jennifer Newmark, the head of the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division? PDF] Commerci...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 10th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Off and on I have been checking the news about hurricane Irma in Florida as my eldest son Randall and family live in Fort Myers. Just now back to the computer and I see no one has yet commented on my last post. Although the table produced by Jason Jones mentions ‘Horned Lizards’, I assume the Desert...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 10th, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

From the information Jason Jones showed in one of his tables, the species harvested in the greatest numbers by one collector were Horned Lizards, the Leopard Lizard, and Collared Lizard. So I have begun efforts towards calculating ball park estimates of the populations of those species in Nevada. I ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 7th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Jeroea, “If you just don't collect, it will (obviously) usually be even better.” I ask, why do you believe that to be the case? Consider that humans are just one of many predators of ‘prey’ species.’ So would be better if no predators removed any prey species from the wild? And why single out just h...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 7th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Jeroea,
Correction: Inserted the word 'not'.

An example I have given in the past is that despite worms having exceeding high reproductive rates, we do not find ourselves being over run by worms.
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 7th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Jeroea, An additional clarification: There is a basic principle of populations that explains why species tend to remain at equilibrium and neither increase or decrease in an appreciable manner. An example I have given in the past is that despite worms having exceeding high reproductive rates, we do ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 6th, 2017, 9:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

E.E., I can’t disagree with anything you mention as essentially, much of it is identical to my understanding and experience. Submitting documentation and providing testimony before the Calif. and Oregon Wildlife Commissions has been a complete waste of energy and time. The Commissioners put complete...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 6th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

The distribution of the Chuckwalla in Nevada, as shown in the Stebbins field guide, occurs in about 1/8th. of the southern part of the state. Is there anyone familiar with the species in Nevada that can provide information as to just how wide spread is the habitat in southern Nevada in which the Chu...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 6th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Jeroea, I struggle with written communications so it appears that unintentionally, I conveyed an incorrect inference. So both of your first two sentences are correct as they match my understanding. Even though through reproduction, species create a surplus of their numbers, most species are consider...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 6th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

E.E., As for the presentation, a good deal of the details in graphs, tables, and figures are not legible and some are lacking an explanation. What can be gleaned from the information suggests to me that the presentation was based mainly on an emotional approach rather than on a scientific approach. ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 5th, 2017, 10:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

E.E., You inquired about possible scams. In my latest post, I identified two wildlife agency policies I consider as being corrupt. Those policies then lead to three ways in which the public is scammed by wildlife agencies. 1) Wildlife agencies list species in some category of conservation concern so...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 5th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

Ernie, You posed the following question: “What do you call someone that intentionally present's information that is misleading to sway opinion's ?” I consider this entire situation as being unprofessional and unethical. In fact, I will go one step further by stating such behavior represent corrupt p...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2017, 9:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

There is some chance in the prior three posts, I may have erred (other than spelling typos). I will try to amend any mistakes others identify. The following is something for Ernie E. to consider. Bryan is correct when he mentioned “Their biologists are not stupid. They are not scam artists.” I concu...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2017, 9:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

At least one of the NDOW links contain reference to the Natural Heritage Organization / NatureServe ranking results. I got the sense the agency made use of NatureServe rankings in some manner but did not explore that facet. If the agency did use NatureServe ranking results in conjunction with their ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

There is an extensive report on the Chuckwalla in Nevada attributed to Dr. Edmond (Butch) Brodie of Utah State. It does not provide evidence one way or the other with respect to the relative ‘health’ of Chuckwalla in Nevada. I was hoping I could find information on the density of the species. I sent...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

A Google search of the‘Nevada Wlldlife Action Plan’ shows 26 reptiles (including the Chuckwalla), listed as “Species of Conservation Priority”. The NDOW states their efforts with non-game species is due to a federal mandate and grant funding from the USF&WS. Nevada Wildlife Action Plan - Nevada Depa...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 1st, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 252991

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

The issues that arise with the commercial take of herps are very similar to the issues that arose in the threads involving recreational collecting. As for objecting to the commercial take of herps, one should ask themselves if their objection is based on a philosophical grounds, personal feelings, o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 29th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots
Replies: 5
Views: 4506

Re: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots

Zach,
I knew you had a gift for placing artificial cover objects to find herps. But tell me, how close to the water's edge did you place the cover object in order to attract the fish (flounder?) ? Hah

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 22nd, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Basically I was called full of mierda...
Replies: 11
Views: 22010

Re: Basically I was called full of mierda...

John, I will be copying your original message to my son Rich Jr. of Tucson. Rich is a professional birding guide for Wings, Inc. of Tucson. Right now he is leading a tour here in Oregon and will be back in Corvallis on the 27th. and then back to Tucson. I think he would be interested in your sightin...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 21st, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Basically I was called full of mierda...
Replies: 11
Views: 22010

Re: Basically I was called full of mierda...

JM, There are snobs in all walks of life with birders being no exception. Of course, off the wall sighting should be held with some degree of skepticism but outright rejection has frequently proven to be folly. In 1989, a Gyrfalcon was sighted at the Finley National Wildlife Refuges by some very goo...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 20th, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Bird Identifacation
Replies: 4
Views: 12132

Re: Bird Identifacation

Brian, In a sense you are correct. Since the deterioration of my hearing quite a number of years back, I stopped being a birder on a regular basis. I continued to belong to our local Audubon Society of Corvallis organization but haven’t participated in the annual Audubon Christmas count for better t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 12th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Bird Identifacation
Replies: 4
Views: 12132

Re: Bird Identifacation

Harlequin Duck, Black-capped Chickadee, likely a Dark-eyed Junco, Belted Kingfisher.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 12th, 2017, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps and Wildfires
Replies: 21
Views: 8285

Re: Herps and Wildfires

RenoBart, There have been many studies on the affects of fire on plant and animal life. But to keep this response fairly short, all you need to know is that where fire has occurred, there are successional processes in which both plant life and animal life have the capacity to recover and repopulate ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 22nd, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Richard Hoyer - What can you tell me about this Boa?
Replies: 4
Views: 2412

Re: Richard Hoyer - What can you tell me about this Boa?

Porter, From your photo / video, the rubber boa you found appears to be of normal coloration for the species. That is, its dorsal coloration was some shade of brown and its ventral coloration was yellow with a heavy dose of black pigmentation which as mentioned, is a fairly normal occurrence with so...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 21st, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Richard Hoyer - What can you tell me about this Boa?
Replies: 4
Views: 2412

Re: Richard Hoyer - What can you tell me about this Boa?

Porter, Twice over the years, I have obtained on loan the vouchered Rubber Boas from many of the major institutions. During those times, I noted a number of boas from certain regions that possessed varying amount of black pigmentation on the ventrals and scale rows 1 to about 3 of 4 just above the v...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 2nd, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 3117

Re: New to Oregon

Nick, There are only 16 species of snakes in Oregon with the possibility of one more yet to be documented. Where I live in Corvallis, locally there are only species. Should you get down this way sometime, I am retired so free get out at just about any short time notice. Richard F. Hoyer I can be con...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 2nd, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herping Eugene/Portland area late june
Replies: 2
Views: 1792

Re: herping Eugene/Portland area late june

Travis,
If you happen to have time one day to stop in Corvallis, I could take you to some spots for snakes. Perhaps there is someone on the forum that could take you places to find amphibians.

Richard F. Hoyer I can be contacted at [email protected]
by Richard F. Hoyer
April 29th, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW chapter 2017 field trip...?
Replies: 2
Views: 1495

Re: NW chapter 2017 field trip...?

Eatomancer From where did you move and what is your major? Entomology? Because we finally are experiencing some decent weather, I had a local ‘field’ trip this afternoon. The best find was a 35 1/2 inch female Northwestern Garter Snake. Other species observe in my short field trip were Racers, one R...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 27th, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...
Replies: 7
Views: 11517

Re: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...

Brian Thanks for calling attention to this interesting report. Although much of it is above my intellectual capacity, nevertheless, the gist of the report is very informative. Jimi, Years ago I once looked into the harvest of bears and cougars in Utah. I recall the agency or Commission kept increasi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 17th, 2017, 10:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of the new year
Replies: 5
Views: 2093

Re: First snake of the new year

Mark, As of January, a revised OAR Div. 44 regulation was approved by the Oregon Wildlife Commission. In addition to the 4 species of snakes already in a protected status in Oregon, the new regulations placed 6 more snakes in a ‘Protected’ status in Oregon, The Rubber Boa was one of those species. I...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 21st, 2017, 10:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of the new year
Replies: 5
Views: 2093

Re: First snake of the new year

Jimi, Son Ryan and others in Utah have observed the Rubber Boa during the month of Feb. --even with snow on the ground at one site. I am not certain about other species of snakes or the month of January. Since I began making searches in the winter months when conditions seem suitable, I have never f...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 20th, 2017, 10:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of the new year
Replies: 5
Views: 2093

First snake of the new year

This afternoon, I helped flush rabbits for another falconer and her immature female Harris’s Hawk. We were 16 miles south of Corvallis and another person along to observed called my attention to an adult Gopher Snake coil in the gravel of the former railroad right-of- way. It had warmed up to 53 deg...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 9th, 2016, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35554

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Kelly Mc., My use of ‘emotional perspective’ is where reaching judgments and making pronouncements are based on perceptions, feelings, guessing, beliefs, impressions and the like. The opposite would be arriving at informed positions and making statements based on valid evidence, critical thinking, t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 8th, 2016, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35554

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

In the link Jimi posted that started this thread, with respect to published research, Dr. Daniel Sarewitz mentioned the following: “But much of this supposed knowledge is turning out out to be contestable, unreliable, unusable, or flat-out wrong.” On 10/5/16, Still BT provided three links to publish...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 2nd, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mendocino County in the database
Replies: 11
Views: 4698

Re: Mendocino County in the database

Harold, Staring in about 1997, for 3 - 4 years during the week of July 4th, we would camp at Van Damme St. Park along the coast south of Fort Brag. Sitting around a campfire during the day and making small talk with my wife's relatives was not my cup of tea. So off I would go searching for whatever ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 27th, 2016, 8:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35554

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

In my recent reply, I included a number of citations. I call everyone’s attention to the following citation: Ashforth, B.E., and Anand, V. (2003). The normalization of corruption in organizations. Res. Organ. Behav. 25, 1. Below I have copied the abstract of that paper. -----------------------------...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 27th, 2016, 8:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35554

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Having an open mind is a valuable asset. The willingness to examine all sides of issues is important when one tries to arrive at an informed position. So I applaud Jimi for first posting the link that started this thread. http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/saving-science. I also applaud Brya...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 20th, 2016, 8:12 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake
Replies: 10
Views: 14948

Re: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattles

Beth, As for longevity in snakes, I believe there are some published records on captive specimens that provide a clue as to the inherent capacity of life span for the different species. I believe someone who was connected with the zoo in Seattle, Frank Slavens?, use to publish such information. It i...