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by gbin
September 17th, 2014, 6:57 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Perdido Key Beach Mice
Replies: 3
Views: 9393

Re: Perdido Key Beach Mice

Very cute!

I used to keep a colony of another Peromyscus polionotus subspecies, P. p. subgriseus (oldfield mice), not at all endangered nor as cute, but still quite adorable and interesting. I'll have to look around and see if I have any pictures from back then to share.

Gerry
by gbin
September 17th, 2014, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24077

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

Sam, considering my background I think I'm as well aware as anyone of the profit-driven nature of zoos. However, they have to maintain a public image of caring about education and conservation*. That causes them to do some positive things in that direction, and hold their hand back from other thing...
by gbin
September 9th, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon exploration
Replies: 28
Views: 7314

Re: Chameleon exploration

Well that seems the best course of action for biancacao626 to take, then. S/he can join the SFL Herp Society, get to know some of the folks there (and vice versa), and then maybe get some help learning what field herping is like in the area.

Problem solved! :beer:

Gerry
by gbin
September 9th, 2014, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon exploration
Replies: 28
Views: 7314

Re: Chameleon exploration

It seems to me that getting to know other herpers and, if new to the hobby, learning from them used to be a major purpose of regional herp societies. I don't really know the current state of such societies, though, and haven't personally belonged to one in a very long time. Has the internet more or ...
by gbin
September 9th, 2014, 6:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon exploration
Replies: 28
Views: 7314

Re: Chameleon exploration

Point taken, Josh, but the possibility of gunfire (which I certainly didn't mean to make light of) isn't normally what motivates folks to stonewall/scold people who ask for herp locations here.

Gerry
by gbin
September 9th, 2014, 2:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon exploration
Replies: 28
Views: 7314

Re: Chameleon exploration

It surprises me how often people ask questions, I mean really take the time to write it out, when they couldve just as easily typed it out into google or do a little research and found their answer faster than asking a person. Doesn't this suggest that they're really after more than just an answer,...
by gbin
September 5th, 2014, 4:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

I agree that SC isn't a "Yankee" state but I think Chris' point was that it's a "Yankee" type thing to do. Yeah, I got that. I lived in various parts of the South for many years, and this isn't by any means the first time I've seen someone attempt to dismiss something they don't like by derogatoril...
by gbin
September 4th, 2014, 3:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Big Atrox?
Replies: 11
Views: 5665

Re: Big Atrox?

My favorite comment thus far for that FB post: Marie Turney Morrison Those from NM know it is not photoshopped. I remember 40 years ago as a camp counselor out of Cuba, NM, a rattlesnake was slithering up the stairs to come into our cabin door. I jumped out the window of the cabin with a hoe, the ho...
by gbin
September 2nd, 2014, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Weller's Doom
Replies: 24
Views: 13299

Re: Weller's Doom

... a rhododendron hell, a three-dimensional maze that goes downslope and seems to be really safe because you are embedded in branches. However, these clumps hang off cliff faces and are attached sometimes hundreds of feet above, and the part you're in can very easily break off well before you see ...
by gbin
September 2nd, 2014, 11:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

... I guess if you want to argue over a light-hearted comment... "Lighthearted" isn't the same thing as "incorrect" - and something that's incorrect isn't made correct by the addition of an emoticon suggesting lightheartedness. Pointing out that something is incorrect isn't the same thing as arguin...
by gbin
September 2nd, 2014, 4:54 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Texas doesn't recognize "pursue" in its definition of hunting, so you are correct--regardless of those "Yankee states" including pursuit--or "worrying" the animal as one of the states does. 8-) Of the examples I found in a quick Google search, NY is obviously a "Yankee state," I suppose some might ...
by gbin
August 29th, 2014, 4:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

... I think the line is usually drawn with picking up a herp. If you pick up a herp you are hunting... I think the folks who write those regulatory definitions are smart enough - and they clearly put enough effort in - that if having the animal in hand is what they meant, then having the animal in ...
by gbin
August 28th, 2014, 10:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

... for purposes of this thread, do you subscribe to the literal definition of "hunt" (to include "pursue")?... Already asked and answered. This thread was not initiated as a place for me to endlessly expound on my views, nor for you or anyone else to endlessly question or misrepresent my views. Li...
by gbin
August 28th, 2014, 4:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Message deleted immediately after being posted because put in the wrong place. -Gerry
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 6:28 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

I feel responsible for this thread because I initiated it, John, so I'm attempting to keep it more or less on topic. Sorry if that bothers you. I don't think Chris was attacking me, but I do think he was trying to draw me into debate - after I'd repeatedly asked people to try not to behave that way ...
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 5:50 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Bird watching IS bird hunting. Hunting is pursuing. The outcome of said hunt doesn't matter (watching or shooting), right? ;) From a management standpoint I largely agree, as you know, and I have advocated that both should require licensing (as a way to obtain more support for this management from ...
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 3:22 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8577

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

... I checked out the Golden Field Guide "Reptiles and Amphibians of North America" (the 1980s green-cover, comprehensive guide, not the "Little Golden Guide" VERY old, chintzy book) multiple times, back-to-back, and typed out (on a manual typewriter!) all the dichotomous keys. I don't think I ever...
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 3:08 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

What you are insinuating is that my reply was factually incorrect, when it isn't. I clearly said there are other "senses" in which the term is used. My only correction would be to say "in some states' legal senses" rather than the blanket "in the legal sense"...I think we're nitpicking now, though....
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 8:30 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8577

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

My wife gives me a hard time about buying new books. I do read every night, or nearly every night. Since I was a child I've had an insatiable appetite for natural history. My mother also stretched the family budget a few times to get me books that I really wanted. I never wanted to return books to ...
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 7:46 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

... The hunting definitions you provided are actually legally deficient; bundled implicitly w/ the legal term "to hunt" is also to concurrently possess a means w/ which "to take"... John, I can readily believe that's the case for some states, but the evidence backs up my assertion that it's not the...
by gbin
August 27th, 2014, 5:14 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

For the sake of accuracy: Gerry is correct in his definition of "hunt" in the dictionary sense. There are other "senses" in which the term is used (in the legal sense, as pertains to wildlife, for example) that differ slightly in their definitions. It's not that the legal definition of "hunt" differ...
by gbin
August 26th, 2014, 7:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

That's the thing, Kel. This particular ideological difference of opinion might be strong in this person but not that person, and that particular ideological difference of opinion might be strong in that person but not this person, demonstrating that it is indeed both variable and optional (even if s...
by gbin
August 26th, 2014, 4:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Kelly, I'm just one person, but I think (and others have voiced similar thoughts in this thread): - It doesn't make any sense to try to limit the term "field herping" in ways that deny both its past and present meaning. Having been around long enough to observe the etymology firsthand, my understand...
by gbin
August 25th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8577

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

I have around 430 herp books... Ok, Justin, you've impressed me! :shock: I've more books than I care to count, easily enough to fill a respectable home library, but my holdings certainly don't include anywhere near 430 herp books. Even my herp and fish books combined (I actually have more of the la...
by gbin
August 23rd, 2014, 4:50 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115460

Re: What was your last lifer?

Lucky you, Chris! Despite all the time I've spent in Central America, I haven't yet seen a jaguarundi in the wild, myself - and I'm quite envious!

Gerry
by gbin
August 22nd, 2014, 10:54 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Downrigging Lake George for lake trout
Replies: 3
Views: 9530

Re: Downrigging Lake George for lake trout

There are indeed landlocked salmon in Lake George, Tim, and trophy-class northern pike, too; no muskies that I've heard of, though. Speaking of geography lessons: When I first met my wife, who was born in NY and whose family has been coming to Lake George every year since before she was born, I pret...
by gbin
August 21st, 2014, 6:38 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Downrigging Lake George for lake trout
Replies: 3
Views: 9530

Downrigging Lake George for lake trout

I'm sorry this isn't all that much of a post, but I promised to share a recent outing as (very modest, as it turns out) payback for all the fun posts others have put up here. I went downrigging for lake trout on the Adirondacks' Lake George a few days ago. Truth be told, I've never been much for tro...
by gbin
August 21st, 2014, 3:36 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Three years ago(!) when I started this thread I thought about simply posting a poll, Aaron, but I decided against that because I wanted people to be able to express their own views rather than simply choosing from among whatever views I offered them. Polls are easier, but open surveys such as this a...
by gbin
August 20th, 2014, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 4967

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

I don't know, perhaps it's not fair to any of the other folks we've mentioned to group them with Treadwell. At the very least he was on the far end of whatever continuum they all might have been on, a real extremist when it came to the emotional part of this disorder. (I don't know whether "disorder...
by gbin
August 20th, 2014, 10:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

If folks here have come to know me at all, then they should probably realize that I say what I mean and I mean what I say. And as I've said, I'm fine with this thread drifting down the message board if it's because everyone who cares to contribute to its topic has done so - accordingly, I'm not the ...
by gbin
August 20th, 2014, 6:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Hey, I was happy to let this thread drift down the board, as it seemed everyone who wanted to contribute to it had done so. People other than I keep bringing it back, most recently Brian and Jim, Brian apparently just to stir things up and Jim obligingly to indulge his narcissistic outrage over it. ...
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 5:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

And right away... with the name calling. No one but you has ever imagined that the meaning of 'fieldherping' was under attack... no one (I've heard of) thinks the name NEEDS changing... it was a stupid topic 3 yrs ago... it's stupid now. Change the title to "Who wants to argue... about NOTHING" Goo...
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 5:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 4967

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

Tamara, lots of people (myself included) thought Irwin was recklessly dangerous in his interactions with wildlife because it made for sensational television. And it certainly could be argued that one such interaction ended his life. That's not to say he did no good, but just to say that he did a fai...
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

This composition is a written confession to data skewing left by the guilty party... Actually, it's a rather sarcastic admonition from its author to other scientists on how not to do things. Here's what Ernie neglected to copy/paste from the paper: Unfortunately, it is easier to add up the ways in ...
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 2:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190690

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

What this whole thread was about was you proving that I was on some sort of mission to change the meaning of the term 'Field Herping' to exclude any collecting. You refused to accept me at my word, that ALL I was saying was that sometimes the meanings of words change. . . . It because no one (inclu...
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 3:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milksnake species delimitation
Replies: 4
Views: 1961

Re: Milksnake species delimitation

The Real Snake Man wrote:... I absolutely agree on L. elapsoides...
Me, too. I'm not yet sure what I think of the other divisions.

Gerry
by gbin
August 19th, 2014, 3:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 4967

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

During the era in which she lived, and during the period of her performing activity, she could have been termed "innovative" and "ahead of her time" -- someone who researched the innate behavior of snakes that were armed and dangerous. Her observations could have been parallel to those of primatolo...
by gbin
August 17th, 2014, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 4967

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

I vote for both. She had skills, that's clear. But she applied them recklessly, to the endangerment of others as well as (and especially) herself. She was popular with the media and unpopular among colleagues because of her recklessness with venomous snakes, and it ultimately cost her her life. Not ...
by gbin
August 17th, 2014, 3:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

I don't think Ernie ever said they were skimming money. I don't recall whether he's ever used those exact words, but I don't see that it matters. He routinely talks about huge sums of money being involved and about wildlife scientists being corrupted by it. He also speaks of scientists' funding and...
by gbin
August 16th, 2014, 4:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

"Why does Gerry keep carrying on about Ernie having a lack of evidence for the things he says? Ernie certainly sounds like he knows what he's talking about. That should be enough, shouldn't it?" Well, I guess folks will have to decide for themselves what's enough to persuade them to believe somethin...
by gbin
August 13th, 2014, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

The funny thing is that few biologists agree that the ban will do any good, either. The cat is already out of the proverbial bag, and these bans are more punitive than they are meant to be effective means of conservation. If anything, they are likely to make the situation worse because some folks w...
by gbin
August 13th, 2014, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

... I'd like to know if anyone has any reliable knowledge to support a "mammalian decline due to pythons" hypothesis... NO, ... See, Ernie, that's the thing. Folks aren't likely to take the word of someone they've come to know as demonstrably dishonest, clearly motivated by profit and with an incre...
by gbin
August 12th, 2014, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

... I found 2 basic features of the Dorcas et al paper quite unsatisfying: See how it can be done, Ernie? Folks might disagree with Jimi's criticisms of some of the scientific work that's been done on the subject of the Everglades pythons, but despite his concern I feel sure no one's going to cruci...
by gbin
August 12th, 2014, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Connecting the dots... Ernie... If you want to criticize people and/or their work, I'm fine with that - and science is indeed heavily dependent upon the latter - but make sure it has a basis in evidence that you can clearly point to and leave out all those totally unfounded aspersions which to date ...
by gbin
August 11th, 2014, 4:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

I'm sure it's true that patience is a virtue, jonathan, and I admire yours even though I've put so little effort into cultivating my own. I just hope that you're not deluding yourself into thinking you'll reach Ernie thereby. Rational discourse can't get through to him past his avarice or prejudice,...
by gbin
August 10th, 2014, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 32933

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Using your Cedar Breaks example, their web site says if you enter the park, you pay the fee. There is no distinction for whether you're just passing through, or intend to stop (for ANY reason). Therefore, it sounds like it's a question of enforcement of that rule. Then the website is either out of ...
by gbin
August 10th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Ernie... If you want to criticize people and/or their work, I'm fine with that - and science is indeed heavily dependent upon the latter - but make sure it has a basis in evidence that you can clearly point to and leave out all those totally unfounded aspersions which to date you've been so eager t...
by gbin
August 10th, 2014, 5:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings)
Replies: 128
Views: 116473

Re: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings

Jim, is your avoidance training the same as the snake-breaking exercises I've run my dogs through in TX? Just out of curiosity, why do you feel you need so many snakes for it? That's a lot of mouths to feed, especially if a number of them won't eat voluntarily. Kel, it's been a long time since I las...
by gbin
August 9th, 2014, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27477

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Ernie... If you want to criticize people and/or their work, I'm fine with that - and science is indeed heavily dependent upon the latter - but make sure it has a basis in evidence that you can clearly point to and leave out all those totally unfounded aspersions which to date you've been so eager t...
by gbin
August 9th, 2014, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 32933

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

... did you intend to start a discussion on how most people (birders, herpers, governments) use the wrong definition of hunting when deciding what activities to license, or was it to start a discussion on how to actually implement the view that you are advocating?... Different agencies and people u...