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by MonarchzMan
March 21st, 2014, 5:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

First off, I didn't really want to get into a scuffle here. Second of all, I'll address the hurricane point. Yes, those who believe in global warming (climate change) due to humans did use "Superstorm Sandy" as evidence of their theories multiple times on every cable news show between here and Timb...
by MonarchzMan
March 13th, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Trey wrote:Doesn't look any more rapid to me based on this graph.

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Who knows..

I drive a Sonata Hybrid. I like it enough.
We're talking on the scale of decades, which cannot be discerned from that graph.
by MonarchzMan
March 13th, 2014, 4:03 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Precipitation patterns will change, but that does not mean that it will retain predictable patterns that species evolved with. I mean, look at this year, as an example. The east has had an unusually high amount of precipitation, more than average. The west? Very dry, when it should be wet. The west ...
by MonarchzMan
March 13th, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

It would be easier to believe if Al Gore did not preach about it , while he flying from town to town in his private jet. Know doubt we need to be more careful about the environment it just makes it harder when political parties use it as leverage for their own personal gain. By the same token, havi...
by MonarchzMan
March 13th, 2014, 12:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

What most people don't get is that it's not the warming that is a problem. It is the rate of warming that is the problem. It really doesn't matter if habitat is in tact or not because, even with in tact habitat, species do not have enough time to shift distributions rapidly, particularly species tha...
by MonarchzMan
March 13th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124644

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Fieldnotes wrote:Okay, I’m convinced. But I’m still not going to buy a Prius. :beer:
As an owner of a Prius, your loss. I just did a 6 day, 1600 mile trip from Mississippi to the Appalachians for less than $100 in gas. Global warming or not, that's damn sexy.
by MonarchzMan
February 23rd, 2014, 12:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!
Replies: 132
Views: 20957

Re: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!

I'm going to chime in as a strong maybe. I'd really like to get that EDB that eluded me last year.
by MonarchzMan
February 23rd, 2014, 9:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NC/TN Salamandering Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1822

Re: NC/TN Salamandering Trip

That's unfortunate to hear about the larger Plethodon. How about the smaller ones?
by MonarchzMan
February 23rd, 2014, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NC/TN Salamandering Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1822

Re: NC/TN Salamandering Trip

I'm going to bring waders to flip the rocks for Hellbenders. At least, that's the plan. We'll see if that actually happens. I suspect I'll be restricted to the edges and only flipping in still pools. So I may not get full grown adults, but larvae could be a possibility. I'm coming from Mississippi, ...
by MonarchzMan
February 22nd, 2014, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NC/TN Salamandering Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1822

Re: NC/TN Salamandering Trip

Sounds good and ordered :)

I'm glad for the recommendation because I was otherwise going to use my Conant and Collins and/or Audubon guide for ID, but I'm not confident in either for groups like Desmogs.
by MonarchzMan
February 21st, 2014, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NC/TN Salamandering Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1822

NC/TN Salamandering Trip

I'm 90% sure that I'm going to be doing a salamandering trip from March 7-16 along the NC/TN border. In conjunction with the PARC Year of the Salamander, I am doing my own Year of the Salamander photography project for the year to document as much salamander diversity as I can. NC/TN is almost a req...
by MonarchzMan
February 2nd, 2014, 1:03 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6
Replies: 18
Views: 10228

Re: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6

I might have to consider getting one. I already have a Zebralight which uses the 18650s (which really lasts forever), so I have the equipment to charge (just would need more 18650s). I always kick myself not bringing my UV light, and it'd just be easiest to put it in the pack and forget about it (ma...
by MonarchzMan
February 2nd, 2014, 8:26 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6
Replies: 18
Views: 10228

Re: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6

Any idea on how long the light lasts? I have a cheap UV flashlight which worked pretty well and has good throw, but I like that this one looks like it has pretty far throw and is much more compact (something I can toss and leave in my camera bag, which I can't really do with my current UV light). It...
by MonarchzMan
January 3rd, 2014, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA SE Chapter 2014 Field Trip(s)?
Replies: 32
Views: 10621

Re: NAFHA SE Chapter 2014 Field Trip(s)?

I'm thinking of doing a salamandering trip in western NC, personally, in March. I'm in northern Mississippi, so I don't know how many I'd personally be able to participate in.
by MonarchzMan
December 13th, 2013, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 11890

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

I've been thinking of a trip south in January, and the 10-12 would be perfect for me.
by MonarchzMan
October 12th, 2013, 9:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herps on White
Replies: 12
Views: 5448

Re: Herps on White

The big cost will be the camera equipment (having the remote flash is a must). I suspect you could do this pretty well with a bright LED light to light your white plastic substrate. White balancing it would be easy since you know exactly what color you wanted it. I have to say though, I'm not a big...
by MonarchzMan
October 12th, 2013, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?
Replies: 12
Views: 4715

Re: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?

The Atelopus is real and from Suriname (I believe). Great to see my Dendrobates auratus photo being used without permission and being incorrectly identified as Atelopus varius. :roll: I've been using your photos without permission to throw darts at, just an fyi. I love your stuff though, I really d...
by MonarchzMan
October 9th, 2013, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?
Replies: 12
Views: 4715

Re: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?

The Atelopus is real and from Suriname (I believe). Great to see my Dendrobates auratus photo being used without permission and being incorrectly identified as Atelopus varius. :roll:
by MonarchzMan
October 9th, 2013, 5:51 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herps on White
Replies: 12
Views: 5448

Re: Herps on White

I think you could do the set up for less than $20 depending on the size you want your table to be. The acrylic was something like $6 for a 12"x12" sheet (estreetplastics.com; you want the 2447 white) and a couple bucks for the PVC and connectors. I make a diffuser for my twin flash to copy what Alex...
by MonarchzMan
October 9th, 2013, 5:35 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herps on White
Replies: 12
Views: 5448

Re: Herps on White

Here is what I use, which works great for the smaller animals (I have been able to do a 7-8" Leptodactylus savagei on it, however). It breaks down and I can fit it all into my camera backpack. This is what I used in the tropics. I have a larger one, but it's cumbersome to take into the field (specif...
by MonarchzMan
May 21st, 2013, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Jean Lafitte Preserve Herp Survey
Replies: 8
Views: 1940

Re: Possible Jean Lafitte Preserve Herp Survey

I definitely enjoyed myself herping the area. Looking at the list of what has been found there, it's obvious that there were a number of species that avoided detection for the bioblitz. I would love to spend more time in the area (and in the other natural areas around NOLA of which there seems many)...
by MonarchzMan
May 16th, 2013, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NPS/NatGeo Bioblitz - Jean Lafitte NP (New Orleans)
Replies: 5
Views: 1937

Re: NPS/NatGeo Bioblitz - Jean Lafitte NP (New Orleans)

I (J.P. Lawrence) think I will be on one of your surveys. I, and a friend, signed up for the longest of the herp surveys for each day. Something like 14 hours of herping all together :D
by MonarchzMan
May 7th, 2013, 2:00 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Adobe's slap in the face to long term photoshop users?
Replies: 8
Views: 3856

Re: Adobe's slap in the face to long term photoshop users?

There are a few things that I would like Photoshop for, but the majority of my editing is done in Lightroom. The price tag for Photoshop to begin with is steep for me, but I could manage the student edition if it came down to it. But I'm really not a fan of this monthly subscription service. $360 a ...
by MonarchzMan
April 25th, 2013, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo piracy
Replies: 16
Views: 2821

Re: Photo piracy

I’ve come to the conclusion that if you’re sharing your photos on FaceBook, here, any other herp forum, Flickr, Photobucket, etc…you’re basically giving away the photo. There’s really nothing stopping someone from stealing your photo, cropping out the watermark and using it as they see fit. Sucks, ...
by MonarchzMan
April 24th, 2013, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo piracy
Replies: 16
Views: 2821

Re: Photo piracy

Seems as though since this was published, IFLS has started including sources/credits of photos it posts.
by MonarchzMan
April 23rd, 2013, 7:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: OK, now this is just stupid
Replies: 16
Views: 5377

Re: OK, now this is just stupid

Could be useful for training hunting dogs. If they wander out of view, you can see what they're interested in and correct it. Other than that, I don't really see a practical use.
by MonarchzMan
April 21st, 2013, 8:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: captive Dart frog shots - inspired by Marcus Workman's intro
Replies: 1
Views: 4633

Re: captive Dart frog shots - inspired by Marcus Workman's i

I like the close up on the terribilis. And pumilio are always a favorite. After this summer, I'm *hopefully* going to have a ton of Panamanian and French Guianan dart frog shots :)
by MonarchzMan
April 8th, 2013, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Mississippi...well, new to the USA!
Replies: 18
Views: 2823

Re: New to Mississippi...well, new to the USA!

Welcome! I'm in Oxford doing my PhD. A friend of mine, Hadar on FHF, is in Starkville. Toshimingo is on my list of places to visit in the next month or so before my field season begins. I hear it's the only spot in northern MS with rocks :lol:
by MonarchzMan
March 26th, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Poisonous snakes...?
Replies: 26
Views: 7223

Re: Poisonous snakes...?

There was a paper that just came out about toxin sequestration in Rhabdophis tigrinus in the Journal of Zoology. Coming from the dart frog side of things, I found this really cool!
by MonarchzMan
March 18th, 2013, 2:55 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Multiple flash set ups
Replies: 5
Views: 3001

Multiple flash set ups

I've got a 430 flash for my Canon 7D, and I am looking to get a second flash so that I can control my lighting a bit better for wider angle shots (e.g., herp in habitat). I've narrowed the second unit down to either another 430 or a 580. I know that the big advantage of having a 580 is that there is...
by MonarchzMan
March 12th, 2013, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rocky Mountain Chapter Trips 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Rocky Mountain Chapter Trips 2013

Albuquerque area trip in conjunction with the 2013 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). More info here: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/jointmeeting/welcome It will most likely be road cruising with a morning or afternoon hike here and there. Lots of areas close by that have a...
by MonarchzMan
March 11th, 2013, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 14767

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

the fact that most of the hunters weren't herpers. And the fact that the winners of the prize money accounted for what? 14 pythons? I would guess those guys were the herpers of the group. Given that a significant number of the count was dominated by a couple people points to poor experience looking...
by MonarchzMan
March 7th, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bora Bora (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!)
Replies: 14
Views: 3281

Re: Bora Bora (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!)

Awesome photography! I for one would love to see what your underwater set up was. This makes me want to go back and dive again in southeast Asia....
by MonarchzMan
March 4th, 2013, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Super flashlight....
Replies: 9
Views: 2263

Re: Super flashlight....

Personally, I've been eying the Fenix TK75. 2600 lumens! And reasonable battery life (and you can add extension tubes to extend battery life!). It's so tempting...

http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Flashlight- ... words=tk75
by MonarchzMan
February 28th, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13903

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Well, it won't be that difficult really. It requires stomach extractions, so I have to euthanize frogs (doing so on the absolute minimum possible to answer my questions).
by MonarchzMan
February 28th, 2013, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13903

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Missed this on the first round. What a great post. I knew that O. pumilio were varible, but that variable. Good stuff. Haha, I would venture a guess that I didn't even scratch the surface on what I've posted here. I think there are probably another 10-15 more unique morphs in the archipelago and su...
by MonarchzMan
February 28th, 2013, 6:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13903

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Very cool post, the phenotypic diversity is amazing! I like the bocas area quite a bit I'm jealous you're going back there. I almost applied for a field assistant position down there this summer working with O. pumilio that wouldn't be your work by any chance would it? Nope, not me. I assume you're...
by MonarchzMan
February 27th, 2013, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13903

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

No worries for me bumping it up. I'm going back to Bocas in June for a month or so to do some more pumilio research. Prior to that, I'm going to spend 3 weeks going through western Panama teaching a study abroad course.
by MonarchzMan
February 21st, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5715

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Pretty awesome, dude. Absolutely love the video. Here's the CNN clip. Congrats!

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/201 ... -viral.cnn
by MonarchzMan
February 20th, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp shots with Canon 17-40L or 17-55 EF-S??
Replies: 6
Views: 3627

Re: Herp shots with Canon 17-40L or 17-55 EF-S??

I have the 17-40L, and it works pretty well for my 7D. I think I would like a full frame to lose that and get the full 17mm, but that said, I generally like the results for herp-in-habitat shots. Here are a few examples: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8321/7894115196_a5ef7e663d.jpg Rainbow Boa by mon...
by MonarchzMan
February 5th, 2013, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Talk about your envenomations.
Replies: 41
Views: 5634

Re: Talk about your envenomations.

I've been bitten by a Leptodeira septentrionalis in Ecuador. The snake wasn't aggressive or anything. I was holding it and it was calm, then all of the sudden, I find it biting me in the fleshy part between my pinkie and ring finger. It didn't let go for probably about 3 minutes. After I finally got...
by MonarchzMan
January 22nd, 2013, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica January 2013
Replies: 20
Views: 4746

Re: Costa Rica January 2013

If I had to guess, I'd say you visited CRARC. I've been to CR a number of times, and you have a lot of unicorn species I'd love to see...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'AFRICA'
Replies: 13
Views: 3672

Re: 'AFRICA'

Just like they did with Planet Earth and Life.... both of which are far superior with the original Attenborough narrations. I mean Sigourney Weaver and Oprah? Come on America. Sigourney was okay. As was Mike Rowe. Beyond that, their choices in narrators have been the biggest disappointment in the s...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2013, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'AFRICA'
Replies: 13
Views: 3672

Re: 'AFRICA'

I'm going to be watching it (just caught the end of last week's episode). I really wish, REALLY wish they would have David Attenborough narrate. I'm not really a fan of Forest Whittaker's narration...
by MonarchzMan
January 9th, 2013, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6635

Re: Fenix flashlights

although how often would you use turbo on either?, let me know if I'm forgetting some important comparisons. I was deadset on the fenix, but it seems the zebralight is a bit better of an option, not much, but a little bit, but also costs a little more... I generally use the Zebralight's high settin...
by MonarchzMan
January 6th, 2013, 6:38 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp Lens
Replies: 15
Views: 5081

Re: Herp Lens

I don't have that lens, but I do have the 100mm macro lens and love it. There is some to be said about having the fixed focal length lens. You'll generally have a better picture with a fixed focal length lens as compared to a zoom lens (since the elements are precisely calibrated to that focal lengt...
by MonarchzMan
January 6th, 2013, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Weekend in Apalachicola National Forest
Replies: 13
Views: 3805

Re: Winter Weekend in Apalachicola National Forest

Very nice! I take it that this was closer to the Gulf? I visited the Camel Lake area in the fall only for a weekend, and decided that a weekend was not enough time to hit the area. Definitely planning a spring ANF trip...
by MonarchzMan
January 6th, 2013, 6:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6635

Re: Fenix flashlights

I originally had a Black Diamond Icon and the over-the-head strap drove me nuts because I could never get it right, and the battery pack would weigh down the rig and move the headlamp up on my head. When I was looking for a new headlamp, I seriously considered getting the H11, but the battery pack a...
by MonarchzMan
January 5th, 2013, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6635

Re: Fenix flashlights

I have a TK42. Absolutely love it. The high lumen output is great, especially for looking for arboreal stuff.

As for headlamps, I really like my Zebralight. Small, compact, and extremely powerful.
by MonarchzMan
December 19th, 2012, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Turtles!
Replies: 18
Views: 3313

Re: Spotted Turtles!

They look starkly (well, sorta) different from the ones I've seen in Michigan. They are a lot lighter, and their annuli are distinctly visible. Interesting regional differences. Definitely one of my favorite turtle species.