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by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 6:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top Down Effects of Snakes
Replies: 15
Views: 5202

Re: Top Down Effects of Snakes

Its amusing to think about working with high profile wildlife as a high paying glory fest. I was (and still am) interested in working with tigers and grizzly bears... My wife and I actually started our scientific careers working on Siberian tigers, Bryan, albeit in a captive setting. (Had a chance ...
by gbin
March 19th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

captainjack0000 wrote:Yeah, we should unite under one big conservation tent, but I don't see that happening anytime soon...
  • "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
                    • [list][list][list]- Richard Bach
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;)

Gerry
by gbin
March 19th, 2015, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

It's not at all clear to me what exactly you're asking. Do you mean that you have two snakes, one you collected as a hatchling two years ago and one you collected as a hatchling last fall, and you're wondering whether you could now release them in one place or another? If so, at this point I don't t...
by gbin
March 19th, 2015, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!
Replies: 20
Views: 7772

Re: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!

... As usual though, the rest of Ernie's post is absolute garbage, propaganda, and science bashing. Indeed. I thought Ernie's vigorous FHF smear campaign was specifically against scientists/research focused on the pythons in the FL Everglades, but apparently any kind of connection made here between...
by gbin
March 19th, 2015, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

I say that what we really need is to attract Elon Musk's interest in the problem... :)

Gerry
by gbin
March 19th, 2015, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top Down Effects of Snakes
Replies: 15
Views: 5202

Re: Top Down Effects of Snakes

The motives are clear... If we're talking about Ernie, yes, his motive for using FHF's message boards to wage an unending campaign of misrepresentation and otherwise dishonest denigration against scientists/scientific work that focus on the Everglades python situation is quite clear. As I've pointe...
by gbin
March 18th, 2015, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

... its the battery that is adding all the weight... That's the problem, all right. We really need, not just for wildlife radiotelemetry but for all kinds of applications, some significantly new battery technology. A breakthrough. I've been listening hard for news of such for quite a few years, now...
by gbin
March 18th, 2015, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top Down Effects of Snakes
Replies: 15
Views: 5202

Re: Top Down Effects of Snakes

I don't think this will surprise too many people - except those who for one reason or another are in denial about the pythons' harmful effects in the Everglades (hi, Ernie!). But it's definitely good to have such direct evidence, both for evaluating the Everglades situation and for addressing the la...
by gbin
March 18th, 2015, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

I think that gravid-female idea could possibly work if her "soft release" site was centered on a suitable hibernaculum/rookery, in the case of communally-denning species. Otherwise how could the young of the year survive their first winter? They wouldn't know where to go. I didn't think this needed...
by gbin
March 17th, 2015, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

... Money is power in legislative-branch politics, but organization and presence are power in executive-branch politics... You're right, of course, and that's an excellent point. But when it comes to effecting change in wildlife agency matters, I suspect legislative-branch politicians are more pers...
by gbin
March 17th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

I want more industry scale numbers, like the one somebody offered up for birders being in that 4-20 billion dollar a year industry. Federal and state wildlife agencies are always conflating live collection for pets and kill harvesting for consumption in order to make the former look much, much bigg...
by gbin
March 15th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

... it is the experience of the "hunt" that is most memorable and most valued, even if you fail to get your goal. I agree, and for all of the activities under discussion. (But not necessarily for all of the people involved in those activities. ;) ) To say that one particular group of outdoor hobbyi...
by gbin
March 15th, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

For what it's worth to recent turns in the conversation: Lots of (probably even most) anglers have one or a few preferred species that they fish for, many of them are even fairly exclusive about it and some are even rigidly exclusive about it. It depends on the person. I remain principally a walleye...
by gbin
March 15th, 2015, 7:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

...you can't find a popular birding spot simply by looking for the excess beercans, monofilament line, lures in the trees, and other trash left behind by groups of birders. Now, now. There are slob hunters or the equivalent in all of these pursuits, just as there are in all of them those who are ma...
by gbin
March 15th, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: A new species for the yard
Replies: 0
Views: 7717

A new species for the yard

For fun my wife recently set a game camera up at the lakeshore where this time last year we'd seen (but unfortunately didn't get a picture of) a fisher climb up off the ice of the still-frozen lake into our yard. Spring is definitely beginning here in the Adirondacks and the chipmunks have come out ...
by gbin
March 14th, 2015, 9:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

I was going to add but I forgot: Bryan, it seems to me that in the case of species such as rattlesnakes, it might be best to translocate gravid females, and to do so in such a manner that the females can't leave the area where they're placed until after they've given birth, either because they're pl...
by gbin
March 14th, 2015, 9:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

... No one takes a single bighorn sheep and drops off in a new range and expects it to do well. Nor should we expect herps with strong social structure to do well when moved as singletons. ... Success is also a matter of perspective. When we translocate rattlesnakes, we've tended to say, 50% of the...
by gbin
March 14th, 2015, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 7374

Re: Translocation of snakes

Lots of animals increase their movements and home range size after translocation, so its not something unique to snakes... Indeed, I'd say this phenomenon is actually the norm among wildlife that have been subject to translocation - and it causes a heck of a lot of problems for wildlife managers. T...
by gbin
March 14th, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 18510

Re: How much does it cost?

I'm a lifelong angler and herper, and my wife is a lifelong birder. I'd say that chrish nailed it, with fishing being the most expensive hobby followed by birding and then herping, and for the reasons he laid out. To emphasize some of his points: It would take an awful lot of road cruising to balanc...
by gbin
March 13th, 2015, 4:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for Roadcruising
Replies: 22
Views: 6894

Re: Question for Roadcruising

I was thinking of snakes, FLSerp. Frogs would be more likely to be found on the road during rather than after the rain, especially if we're talking during the day. FYI: One of the most reliable ways I knew to find scarlet kingsnakes without messing with the habitat was to cruise roads in areas where...
by gbin
March 12th, 2015, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

When you finish your statement with "(They may not be focusing on salamanders and the like, though... ;) )" then you yourslf know that you have to manipulate some animals in order to photograph them, why even respond? I understood you to be talking about nature photography in general, not just what...
by gbin
March 12th, 2015, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for Roadcruising
Replies: 22
Views: 6894

Re: Question for Roadcruising

When I lived in north central FL, in addition to what you said (about a half hour before sunset to about an hour afterward), I really liked the hour or so right after a heavy but fast-moving rain ended - especially if the sun came out promptly after the rain passed through - at any time of day. Gerry
by gbin
March 12th, 2015, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

... In a way we are all staging photos with lighting, backgrounds, positioning... ... every photographer does something to manipulate his/her photo whether it is in the shot itself or PP... Not to start an argument, but... I don't believe the first of these quotes is true at all; I feel sure there ...
by gbin
March 10th, 2015, 6:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: USF&WS
Replies: 3
Views: 3014

Re: USF&WS

As did I... :( In all fairness, though, in some ways the Obama administration is WAY better on environmental issues than was the Bush administration. It's just shameful that Obama et al. aren't so much better in some other ways. That's the problem with lowering the public's understanding and opinion...
by gbin
March 10th, 2015, 5:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure every single Bigfoot photo I've ever seen has been staged/faked! I have to give them some leeway on that - Bigfoot is extremely secretive in its natural environment, and filming unstaged shots could be considered illegal voyeurism of a humanoid. The squads of st...
by gbin
March 10th, 2015, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Many years ago while I was fortunate enough to be living and studying in the Chiricahuas, Oxford Scientific Films spent some time there getting southwestern desert footage (e.g. of a tarantula hawk wasp parasitizing a tarantula) for some purpose I no longer recall. I was amazed at both their ability...
by gbin
March 8th, 2015, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

I assume he's doing it for acclaim, so maybe the opposite - a campaign of public criticism, maybe waged via Twitter? - would bring him around. I don't know, there isn't really much anyone can do. The authorities don't care about animal cruelty done to anything but (some) mammals, even when it can be...
by gbin
March 8th, 2015, 7:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Unfortunately, I think all the skepticism about these photos is a result of the fact that people have faked photos in the past and fooled people. So we are forced to examine any "unbelievable" photos with skeptical eye. . . . I feel bad for the guy who managed to see this once-in-a-lifetime event a...
by gbin
March 7th, 2015, 8:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: USF&W adds Retics, 3 more Anacondas as Injurious Wildlife
Replies: 4
Views: 3820

Re: USF&W adds Retics, 3 more Anacondas as Injurious Wildlif

Herpetoculture does not consist of producing and selling baby and juvenile pythons alone. True enough, Kelly. What you wrote reminded me, too, that I should make it clear I have nothing whatsoever against herpetoculture in general and in fact have participated in it in the past. Indeed, I very much...
by gbin
March 7th, 2015, 7:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20747

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

I totally believe the Woodpecker/weasel photo to be real. I guess I lean heavily in this direction, but of course as a scientist I have a hard time believing anything "totally" ;) . Acts of predation (be they successful or only failed attempts) in the natural world are almost always amazing and not...
by gbin
March 7th, 2015, 6:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: USF&W adds Retics, 3 more Anacondas as Injurious Wildlife
Replies: 4
Views: 3820

Re: USF&W adds Retics, 3 more Anacondas as Injurious Wildlif

I suppose it is, RiR, but herpetoculturists really have no one but herpetoculturists to blame. An awful lot of these potentially(/demonstrably) injurious exotic animals have been released in places such the FL Everglades deliberately , some even with the hope that they would then become established....
by gbin
March 7th, 2015, 6:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: USF&WS
Replies: 3
Views: 3014

Re: USF&WS

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is an excellent organization doing important work, and it's well worth your bringing attention to it here at FHF, Richard. :thumb: People who click on the link Richard provided but then don't really read the article should be careful not to be...
by gbin
March 6th, 2015, 9:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help finding lifers this season?
Replies: 7
Views: 2760

Re: Help finding lifers this season?

I think they're actually about a few different things, Jacob, probably so that they attract enough people to make regular meetings worthwhile. Here's what their blurb for this month's meeting says (emphasis added by me): "Join us for an evening of conversation about our favorite topic - our herps an...
by gbin
March 5th, 2015, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help finding lifers this season?
Replies: 7
Views: 2760

Re: Help finding lifers this season?

We live in the internet age, to be sure, but the best way to meet people who share your interests and to learn from them remains joining a group focused on those interests and attending their meetings. I just looked and there is a San Diego Herpetological Society and a San Diego Reptile Amphibian an...
by gbin
March 5th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons
Replies: 20
Views: 11103

Re: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons

Chris, you should know me well enough by now to realize: 1) I try to speak plainly, not to imply things. 2) As part of speaking plainly, I take pains to use language correctly. I'm familiar with the definition you offered, but it's not by any means the only definition, today, yesterday or whenever. ...
by gbin
March 5th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons
Replies: 20
Views: 11103

Re: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons

These three people have long been involved in importing, breeding and selling pythons for profit. These three people is referring to the Barkers and myself. This skewed information was then corrected, To refresh, I have not imported or sold large constrictors at this point, I'm guessing it's been o...
by gbin
March 5th, 2015, 7:52 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons
Replies: 20
Views: 11103

Re: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons

The post directly preceding this one. Right on cue is a prime example of the type of response I've often encountered. on this forum. It is filled with misinformation, lies and attempts at character assassination and distinctly lacking in fact . From Wikipedia : " Psychological projection is a theor...
by gbin
March 3rd, 2015, 6:27 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons
Replies: 20
Views: 11103

Re: Snake in the Grass vs. Invasive Pythons

... There are post after post made by those with a vested interest or their personal friends attempting to discredit me in any manner possible... From Wikipedia : " Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their exis...
by gbin
March 2nd, 2015, 6:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 15508

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

Brian, I can hardly pummel you for saying something I agree with. People who share their spots do risk the spots getting wrecked as a result (though of course their spots might get wrecked even if they don't share them) - "wrecked" being in the eyes of the beholder, of course. (What one herper sees ...
by gbin
March 2nd, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 15508

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

Just to be clear: - I see nothing foolish with sharing the specific location for a favorite herping spot online, at least, not from the standpoint that it might bring harm to some herp population(s) there. It's not going to cause such harm. (I realize it's against the rules in this forum, regardless...
by gbin
March 2nd, 2015, 8:47 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 15508

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

I don't see that website as an issue, of course. If a herper is concerned about having to share his/her special spot with other people, then s/he probably shouldn't be posting that spot's coordinates online (though other people will doubtless eventually find it, anyway). If said herper is instead co...
by gbin
March 2nd, 2015, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

Y'all be careful out there. Electric eels (not to mention faulty aquarium electronics) can potentially do a lot worse to you than just knock you back on your butt!

Gerry
by gbin
March 1st, 2015, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

I've no doubt you're right, Kel, about there being many people out there who misuse shock collars (and pretty much every other kind of tool or other device people use with dogs) to dogs' detriment. I take heart, though, in the following: - Most people mistreat dogs out of ignorance rather than inten...
by gbin
February 28th, 2015, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

Kelly, using punishment (which is what giving a dog a shock with an electronic collar at a level that the dog experiences as unpleasant amounts to) is a kind of operant conditioning, but it's one that is really appropriate only in a small minority of situations. Positive reinforcement is the form of...
by gbin
February 27th, 2015, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

I thought about that before I got my first GSP, Bryan, from way back before Gary Larson's lizard pointer cartoon. But then I realized that with every pointing dog there's a period in its training where it knows you want it to find and point your quarry (be it birds, snakes or whatever) but it's not ...
by gbin
February 27th, 2015, 9:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

Wow, the number of times I've agreed with Jim and not with John on something could be counted on one... finger? But here it is! :shock: I've never done a blind smell test, but I too believe that I can smell rattlesnakes, and as different from other kinds of snakes (some of which I can also smell, so...
by gbin
February 26th, 2015, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

It's my experiance, as an avoidance trainer, that most companies doing avoidance training typically use the crotes as 'tools', with very little regard for the snakes. I quit one job over muzzeling, which plenty of companies still do... Huh. The folks running the snake-breaking clinics in which I pa...
by gbin
February 26th, 2015, 5:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 72034

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

Folks, I would have assumed Trey meant absolutely nothing by the racist expression he used, except that he not only substituted for the key word in it (suggesting that he knew better than to post such a word here), he also put his substitution in quotation marks (suggesting, to me at least, that he ...
by gbin
February 25th, 2015, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14130

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

I understand, Scott, and I agree that people who sew venomous snakes' mouths shut for snake breaking (or any other purpose) deserve all kinds of not-so-nice names. I responded as I did because the way your post was written made it sound like everyone involved in snake breaking is such a person, and ...
by gbin
February 25th, 2015, 1:21 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 72034

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

... it's only racist if you make it racist... Oh, well, if you say so, Trey! :roll: If you don't want to be taken for a racist - and it does appear you're at least not so far along as to be proud of being one, anyway - then you might want to learn not to talk like one. Likewise if you don't want me...