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by jonathan
July 12th, 2016, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31780

Re: Dishonesty in government

For myself, I think the primary issues are group-think and people’s unwillingness to think critically about things they take for granted. Just look at this discussion. There are intelligent, educated people who have fallen on both sides of the debate, with others somewhere in the middle. I do think ...
by jonathan
July 11th, 2016, 1:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31780

Re: Dishonesty in government

Some of these govt people were indeed born clowns and others are "born" activists who have an agenda. Govt isn't like the private sector where if you don't produce something that people actually want to buy, you go out of business. These clowns and activists create nothing and continue to be paid. ...
by jonathan
July 10th, 2016, 11:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake river/hells canyon zonata sightings
Replies: 8
Views: 4582

Re: snake river/hells canyon zonata sightings

the below is also an explanation for the snake river and blue mtn sightings. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/670988 I actually brought that up with my dad when this thread first started. He spent a lot of time catching ground snakes in their habitat in the Snake River Bird of P...
by jonathan
April 19th, 2016, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Southern OR/Northern CA herps
Replies: 7
Views: 3759

Re: A few Southern OR/Northern CA herps

Fantastic finds. Get that stuff into naherp.com - some of them, like the Oregon blacks and calkings, aren't recorded too often.
by jonathan
March 6th, 2016, 8:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island
Replies: 2
Views: 2791

Re: Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited is

Awesome story, but to my mind it gave the idea of the poor rattlesnakes getting ghettoized into some offshore prison colony.
by jonathan
February 24th, 2016, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reactionary regulations in Oregon
Replies: 12
Views: 4052

Re: Reactionary regulations in Oregon

I am sorry to report that Oregon's wildlife agency is going down the same path as CDFW. ODFW is proposing the adoption of reactionary, mean spirited, repressive, and punitive draft revising existing regulations on herps in Oregon. The new laws are on ODFW’s website at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wi...
by jonathan
February 24th, 2016, 10:22 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Conservation, Global Warming, and Wild Places
Replies: 2
Views: 10096

Re: Conservation, Global Warming, and Wild Places

Yeah, I found out about 3 years ago that nearly half the Earth is covered by human activity now, and it blew my mind. Here's a crazy stat to add on. 70% of that agricultural land use is for meat or in order to grow crops to support meat. When you think of how small a % of the world's population can ...
by jonathan
February 24th, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 California Member of the Year=Jeff Nordland
Replies: 12
Views: 3902

Re: 2015 California Member of the Year=Jeff Nordland

Jeff was awesome at the national event.
by jonathan
February 16th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Turtle vs. Porcupine
Replies: 3
Views: 3359

Turtle vs. Porcupine

Common Snapper takes out porcupine...poor guy didn't have a chance.

by jonathan
February 16th, 2016, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3

Nice hits Fieldnotes, especially on the stormi! As you can see, I disagree on H and Q, partly because I have locality/habitat information that I didn't give you. If you want more photos and habitat angles Here's the Curry County red-striped "elongatus" And here's the Columbia County all-black "vehic...
by jonathan
February 16th, 2016, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Portland Oregon in February
Replies: 4
Views: 2165

Re: Portland Oregon in February

Portland's habitats are amazing. Nice additions! For the Rubber Boas, I think you have to get on Google Earth and look for the clearings. I have one spot that I think has a decent chance of having them, but it'll be hard to find because there's no ideal cover. (I've only seen two rubber boas on the ...
by jonathan
February 16th, 2016, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3

Here's what I have for them: A. vehiculum From Wahkiakum County in the Willapa Hills, my identification on the thing has remained “Western Redback”, but with jowls like that there’s certainly something a bit Van Dyke-y looking about it. I gave the trickiest angle though - the other angles look redba...
by jonathan
February 14th, 2016, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave
Replies: 15
Views: 6193

Re: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojav

I am not an expert on these things and hopefully someone more knowledgeable (Jimi?) will give their input. From what I gather though, activities such as mining, grazing, OHV use, and various development, which can potentially occur on public lands, will now be prohibited under the new national monu...
by jonathan
February 14th, 2016, 12:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave
Replies: 15
Views: 6193

Re: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojav

Can someone do a quick run-down of what this actually does to the land versus the status the land had before?
by jonathan
February 14th, 2016, 12:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 38485

Re: "Pick one thing"

That is a great question. I don't have the answer. Nice to be able to talk openly. Perhaps travel is a sign of privilege, and the 4th man has never personally intentionally killed a large animal. The indirect deaths caused are unseen. Travel is seen as fun. Killing and skinning an animal is not exa...
by jonathan
February 12th, 2016, 10:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tiny spider eating Australian Brown Snake
Replies: 1
Views: 2476

Tiny spider eating Australian Brown Snake

Daddy-long-legs spider wins David and Goliath battle with deadly brown snake (different daddy-long-legs than the American harvestman.) Picture is just ridiculous http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/7154834-3x4-340x453.jpg And apparently it's become a community feast. Mr Lees has left it in the web, wh...
by jonathan
February 12th, 2016, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 38485

Re: "Pick one thing"

I dont judge people for traveling usually...am even envious. Directly catching and perhaps killing something seems much more in your face morally questionable Why? A poor man in Bangladesh kills and eats a King Cobra because he has very few protein sources. A working class man in Burma captures and...
by jonathan
February 11th, 2016, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3

Was this too intimidating of a challenge or just too boring? :lol: These were the three main salamander challenges that I could think of. I guess I could have done a Torrent Sali one, but I've already posted on them in detail, and you figure them out by range first anyway. If someone wants to post a...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2016, 10:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake
Replies: 14
Views: 6058

Re: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake

interesting topic, how is it you happened to read about this esoteric topic? I was reading up on jaguars in the USA, in relation to another thread on here. One of the articles I read was " Jaguars Win Critical Habitat in U.S. " Somewhere in the "related articles" or something like that, I spotted a...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 38485

Re: "Pick one thing"

Craig : that is the basic outlook. I think change from humanocentric creates the thread here. If you have been given creation to have dominion over, their is little incentive to steward it. But that aside Say we have two people. Person 1. I went into my backyard and collected a snake! Booo... Perso...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2016, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake
Replies: 14
Views: 6058

Re: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Beebe did, in fact, keep the specimen, which went to his base of operations at the American Museum of Natural History. Using that pickled specimen, Wilmer Tanner described it as a new subspecies (Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus unaocularis) in 1946, and using the newly collected things, Mulcahy recently e...
by jonathan
February 9th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 36515

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

My camera got stolen on December 24th last year. I replaced it with a very cheap camera that I learned to hate, which made me put less and less effort into photos. So the whole year was pretty much a photography wash for me. I saw at least a dozen things that were incredible to me...but the photos j...
by jonathan
February 9th, 2016, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake
Replies: 14
Views: 6058

The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Considering the recent talk about cryptic herps that end up on offshore islands, I just read about an incredible example. Exhibit A: Clarion Island Clarion Island is 7 square miles of island way out in the Pacific Ocean. Clarion Island is arid/semiarid. There aren't any peaks high enough to induce r...
by jonathan
February 8th, 2016, 9:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 3

For the week 3 contest, we’re tackling the most species-rich genus in the Northwest: the Plethodons. There are 8 species to be found in our broader region, with some covering nearly all of western Oregon/Washington and others limited to very specific geographical regions. I’ve only included 5-6 of t...
by jonathan
February 8th, 2016, 9:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 3464

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2

Now, the expert level. These are my toughest Dicamptodon ID problems, often because they're older records where I was taking subpar photos. If you think you have a strong idea of which is which, even just one, guess away at any and all: A. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/98288-116617.jpg B. http://ww...
by jonathan
February 8th, 2016, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 3464

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2

And for extra credit fun….which one of these is not like the others? 1. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/227629-296657.jpg 2. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/97593-115641.jpg 3. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/97591-115635.jpg 4. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/21071-19334.jpg 5. http://www.naherp.com/vo...
by jonathan
February 8th, 2016, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 3464

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2

And my verdict is that Fieldnotes has nailed them all again...though that #4 may always be subject to some doubt! 1. Found in Tyron Creek in the Portland area, a spot unlikely to have copei. Big bushy gills, thickish legs, narrow tapering tail, rounded snout. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/147011-18...
by jonathan
February 5th, 2016, 10:17 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Panasonic FZ150
Replies: 4
Views: 4621

Re: Panasonic FZ150

You still like the camera? In the past I was happy with something like a Canon SX120, but now I'm looking to upgrade in both macro and low light shot image quality. On a bit of a budget, I'm really looking for something I can get on sale for $300 or cheaper - which is quite a bit higher than I've pr...
by jonathan
February 2nd, 2016, 11:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 3464

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2

And of coarse we assume jonathan has correct IDs ;) :crazyeyes: ;) :lol: HEY! :evil: Well, I do have the advantages of knowing the exact locale, habitat, and supplementary pictures for each of these finds. Plus I've posted some of them before and had the benefits of getting corrected in two of thos...
by jonathan
February 2nd, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1

Matt just reminded me about this one - I should have made it #9 and probably would have gotten a few people (it got me). http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/205594-267329.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/205594-267330.jpg The eyes would be a dead giveaway in the field. All 3 of these species have very ...
by jonathan
February 1st, 2016, 9:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1

Yep, Fieldnotes and Joshua nailed it! I especially liked Fieldnotes's explanation of the distinguishing ID characteristics on the tough ones. You can get started on Challenge #2: Dicamptodon ! Here are a few additional pictures of the above salis with the habitat/locality info: 1. This strangely-col...
by jonathan
February 1st, 2016, 9:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 3464

The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 2

Weekly Northwest herp identification contest #2 is the most difficult ID bane of every Northwest salamander hunter. Is that larval/neotenic giant a Dicamptodon tenebrosus or a Dicamptodon copei ? Since this is such a tough one, I’ve tried to limit my selections to generally clear photos of salamande...
by jonathan
January 29th, 2016, 9:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1

Great challenge Jonathan, really shows how similar some unrelated salamanders can be. I am alaways amazed at how close the Dunn's and Cloudeds can be. Some parts of WA can be really tough when you get three of the plethodons together. I have found Van Dyke's, Dunn's and WRB together and depending o...
by jonathan
January 29th, 2016, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

Re: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1

Owen wrote:At first look, I had:

5. Plethodon (with Hydromantes feet)
Yeah, anyone know what's up with those feet on that one? That threw me off when I found it too.
by jonathan
January 27th, 2016, 8:54 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115812

Re: What was your last lifer?

Awesome! A badger was one my most memorable lifers ever. So cool.
by jonathan
January 25th, 2016, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1
Replies: 12
Views: 5187

The Great Northwest Herp ID Contest: Week 1

Welcome to the first weekly Northwest herp identification contest! This is all in good fun, with the added benefit of getting me to fix any database screwups I may have made. It might also be helpful to newcomers and visitors who are looking to make these various ID distinctions in the field. ID dif...
by jonathan
January 20th, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Salamanders in the Bay
Replies: 13
Views: 5700

Re: Herping Salamanders in the Bay

Very nice!
by jonathan
January 17th, 2016, 2:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Finds and/or Pictures of 2015
Replies: 10
Views: 4852

Re: Favorite Finds and/or Pictures of 2015

I was only in California for 3 weeks this year, but thanks to a lot of great friends and a very loving wife, I had a lot of memorable moments. Tops of all of them, of course, was getting to see all of you again and the National Meet, including Kent, sadly for the last time. Some of the specifics dur...
by jonathan
January 17th, 2016, 1:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Batrachoseps question
Replies: 4
Views: 2724

Re: Batrachoseps question

Looks like nigriventris to me as well.
by jonathan
January 17th, 2016, 12:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes
Replies: 43
Views: 17913

Re: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes

Here's another Eastern a bit different from the ones posted. I would say, "Why isn't that a red-sided?", but all the maps say Eastern.

Image
by jonathan
January 13th, 2016, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7655

Re: Newts...because they're there

Nah - I'm not in contest posting mode this year.
by jonathan
January 7th, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7655

Re: Newts...because they're there

Thanks Travis and Andy!
by jonathan
January 7th, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Project
Replies: 309
Views: 113839

Re: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Project

Biker Dave wrote:Our paper about the Preserve survey should be in the March 2016 issue of Herp Review!!!

Well done!!!
by jonathan
December 28th, 2015, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7655

Re: Newts...because they're there

Great series of post Jonathan, I had missed the others until now. Thanks, and well done. I know, right? Torrent sally post one of the best posts ever... :thumb: I can't even imagine climbing cold rushing waterfalls in the far north... :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: Thanks much to both of you! The torren...
by jonathan
December 25th, 2015, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 10
Views: 4669

Re: Elections

Nice group!
by jonathan
December 25th, 2015, 10:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Coast Newts
Replies: 0
Views: 2902

West Coast Newts

Just added newts to my ongoing "salamanders of the west coast" series.

Newts...because they're there
by jonathan
December 24th, 2015, 10:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7655

Newts...because they're there

I've done posts on the west coast slenders , torrents , and climbing salamanders , three salamander families I've taken a special interest in over the years. Sometime after I've finally gotten out to northern Idaho (as well as tracked down those secretive Cascades/Siskyou species), I'm going to do p...
by jonathan
December 24th, 2015, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 7
Views: 4382

Re: Elections

Travis, can you through up the poll with yourself and Heather as the only candidates, so we can say we had an election?
by jonathan
December 21st, 2015, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 38485

Re: "Pick one thing"

I knew I had read something really relevant to this topic recently, and I just ran across it again. Stress on the Environment, Society, and Resources A few excerpts with some numbers: ... Inequalities in consumption are stark. Globally, the 20% of the world's people in the highest-income countries a...