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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: 240273

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: 240273

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: 240273

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: 4231

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: 20362

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: 20362

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: 11299

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: 11299

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: 7864

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: 2302

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: 2302

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: 2976

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: 1728

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: 1466

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: 10560

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: 2016

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: 2016

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: 2016

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: 33558

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: 33558

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: 4522

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: 33558

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: 33558

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: 13842

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...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 19th, 2016, 8:30 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake
Replies: 10
Views: 13842

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

Beth, I am not up on what is contained in the scientific literature with respect to the life history of various species of snakes. But from what you mention that is reported about some of the life history aspect of the Timber Rattlesnake, your information pretty much is the same as for the species o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 12th, 2016, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?
Replies: 5
Views: 2921

Re: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?

Jonathan. Steens Mt. rises to a lttle over 9700 ft. To the south of Steens Mt., I believe the Pueblo Mts. attain a height of a bit over 7000 ft. Then to the east, the Trout Creek Mts. and Oregon Canyon Creek Mts. I believe reach a bit over 8000 and 7000 ft. respectively. And the most neat thing abou...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 11th, 2016, 9:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?
Replies: 5
Views: 2921

Re: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?

Jonathan, A number of years ago, I was contacted by a BLM biologist who along with a friend, observe a Rubber Boa traversing the Steens Mt. road at the junction with the Kiger Gorge road. He mentioned at the time that the elevation was about 9000 ft. I just now accessed my Google Earth and with the ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 31st, 2016, 9:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 33558

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

Jimi,
It late and I just read the first few paragraphs of the article and indeed, it seem to be very interesting.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 31st, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tulare Co. Night Driving
Replies: 3
Views: 1713

Re: Tulare Co. Night Driving

PL, How far from the Inyo Co. line were the two boas you found? As you may know, Robert Hansen has a long term project recording live and DOR reptiles on Nine-mile Canyon Road but has yet to observe a boa on the Inyo side of the county line near where road enters Tulare Co. The past year or so, he d...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 29th, 2016, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jimi, On July 2nd, I sent a message to Eleanor P. Gaines, Zoology Projects Manager, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, Institute for Natural Resources, Portland State University. Over the years, I have exchanged messages with Eleanor. Immediately below is a slightly edited version of my inquiri...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 29th, 2016, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Bryan;
It works if you copy the entire 'link' then enter it on Google as I just did.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commi ... /index.asp

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 29th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Bryan, Your first comment of 7/28 overlooks many aspects of the proposed revision of OAR Div. 44 regulations such as the negative impact those regulation will have on research. I know of 5 herpetologists that wrote comments to the commission including Dr. Robert Mason of OSU. Perhaps you might consi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 29th, 2016, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

The Rubber Boa tends to dehydrate more readily that many other species of snakes. Yet, a sizeable amount of the Rubber Boa’s distribution occurs in desert scrub type habitat far from any free sources of water ---- but invariably at higher elevations. I have speculated that during the warmer parts of...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 28th, 2016, 10:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tulare Co. Night Driving
Replies: 3
Views: 1713

Re: Tulare Co. Night Driving

Paul L., Where were you when we needed you in June? Both look to be adults. If you didn't retain them, did you take elevation and locality information? And if so, could you post that information so I can file that information in my S Kern Plateau folder. Nice finds! Richard F. Hoyer ( [email protected]...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 28th, 2016, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

vanAR; You have interpreted comments made by myself and others as being critical of Dr. DeNardo. That is not the case. Even without ever having viewed any of Dr. DeNardo’s publications on the Gila Monster, I automatically assumed his research results were valid. My criticism was solely directed at t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 28th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jonathan; Your reasoning is correct, that some individuals in every walk of life lack common sense and sometimes fail to exercise rational thinking processes. But what I have learned in life is that sometimes what I believe to be common sense and rational thinking can sometime be on shaky grounds wh...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 27th, 2016, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

stlousidude, You mention, “I am still trying to figure out what threat they are protecting them from?” Should you (or anyone else) ever discovers the answer, please inform me. I have yet to hear any rational explanation as to why wildlife agencies continually propose the irrational policy of placing...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 27th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Kelly Mc.,
With respect to your post yesterday, I posted a response on the thread I started on July 1st.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 27th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Kelly Mc, You mentioned, “I would hope nothing - most especially anything invalid or badly founded ever gets in the way of your studies.” It's too late. Since winding up the SRB study in San Bernardino Co. in 1997, that same year I began concentrating my effort on other Rubber Boa populations that n...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 27th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

“Colorful, Venomous Lizard Is Declining Due to Climate Change” Van, Just reading the above headlines of the National Geographic article immediately told me that the journalist, editor, or someone at National Geographic, took journalistic liberties. No responsible professional would have written such...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 24th, 2016, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Kelly Mc. If anyone would spend time thinking about the issue of ‘demand’ (collecting for personal reasons), eventually they should reach the conclusion (as I did long ago), that recreational collecting of herps, by and large, is a self regulating and self limiting activity. I urge you (and others) ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 23rd, 2016, 8:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

It would be my guess that perhaps Dr. Dale De Nardo wished he had not given the interview to the journalist. But then again, I am just guessing as I do not know the gentleman’s views about the affect of climate warming. A few years ago, there was a conference in Boise, Idaho (I believe) in which pap...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 20th, 2016, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 3625

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

Herp.Mx,
Do you have a stretched, total length for the small neonate? And is there a range of lengths available for snakes considered to be adult males and adult females?

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 17th, 2016, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Ernie, Some of the quotes you posted by Dean Ripa are Priceless and so on target! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jonathon; On this forum, last year or the year before, I copied my critique of the so-called ‘Precautionary Princip...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 15th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jonathon, In your July 12 post, you mention, “While I agree with the numbers you give Richard, asking people to stop making decisions based on their personal opinion is sort of like asking people to stop being human.” My skills a writing have never been very strong which may account for what seems t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 14th, 2016, 9:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jonathon, You are correct in that I likely made a poor choice with respect to the example of owl caper. Sorry for that. I understood the basic reasoning behind the killing of Barred Owl and I am well aware that such killing of the Barred Owls will have no overall negative affect on that species. My ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 14th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Ernie, When you cite a paper, the normal practice is to provide the senior author. So in a sense, you incorrectly attributed that study and senior authorship to J. W. Gibbons where you should have mentioned Tuberville. It is my view that the field of conservation has now been hijacked by individuals...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 13th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jonathon, From your first paragraph, I get the impression you consider it to be unrealistic for myself and the public to expect state wildlife agencies to assess and manage all non-game species in a professional manner. That is, the public should expect and accept that such wildlife agencies will us...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 12th, 2016, 9:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Jimi, I understand and agree with many points you have made, such as it is far better to try and ‘work with’ rather than to ‘antagonize’. As sound as your advice may be, and despite I believe you understand the problem I have identified, your advice sort of sidesteps the real problem. That is, after...
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 12th, 2016, 9:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31761

Re: Dishonesty in government

Ernie; You mention, "Also in that post I provided another detailed scenario demonstrating how a rare snake is created by the use of data manipulation. This time the biologist responsible was Whit Gibbon's." Can you give me a citation to that paper. I have one reprint of a paper By Dr. Gibbons and a ...