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Nov
10
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
@ab2: I don't see "fart" on any of the signs shown by Gerrit. In German, "Fahrt" can mean something like "a ride in a conveyance", like a drive in a car. "Fahren" is "to drive", and Fahrt is sortof an incidence of having driven or been driven or been taken on a ride in a vehicle.
Nov
8
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I'm giving a talk on trail signs at the annual Massachusetts Trails Conference on 14 Nov. I would like to use your picture in that talk. Please let me know if I have your permission, what the picture credits should be, if you have high-res versions I can use, etc. To thwart spammers, I have set up temp0785@embedinc.com for this purpose, which I can delete after the talk. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Nov
8
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I'm giving a talk on trail signs at the annual Massachusetts Trails Conference on 14 Nov. I would like to use some of your pictures in that talk. Please let me know if I have your permission, what the picture credits should be, if you have high-res versions I can use, etc. To thwart spammers, I have set up temp0785@embedinc.com for this purpose, which I can delete after the talk. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Nov
8
comment Wood versus plastic trail signs?
I'm giving a talk on trail signs at the annual Massachusetts Trails Conference on 14 Nov. I would like to use some of your pictures in that talk. Please let me know if I have your permission, what the picture credits should be, if you have high-res versions I can use, etc. To thwart spammers, I have set up temp0785@embedinc.com for this purpose, which I can delete after the talk. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Sep
20
comment Why do I never see robins in the woods?
@Liam: Yes. The same common name is applied to two different species on either side of the pond. The OP shows Ohio as his location, so it's a good assumption he is asking about the America robin, Turdus migratorius, not the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
Sep
12
comment Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
@tom: I wouldn't use Fahrenheit for scientific purposes, but it's actually a nicer scale than Celsius for human experiences. In the 21st century, we all have computers or calculators handy and can trivially convert from one unit to another. People can use whatever units they are comfortable with, and others can convert as needed. I have a good intuitive feel for what different F temps mean to me, so that's what I'm going to use. To me "-20C" is meaningless in terms of how cold that feels without converting to -4F. Convert as you like, but lose the holier than though attitude.
Sep
3
comment How to introduce individuals to the concept of Leave No Trace
@Ben: Burying toilet paper is perfectly reasonable in most wild settings. As with any good idea, there are always people that try to take it to the ridiculous extreme. If you truly want to leave no trace, then you can't go there at all. It's therefore a matter of degree. As with most "zero tolerance" rules, this one is silly and counterproductive. Everyone knows the tolerance isn't ever exactly zero, so stating it as such leaves no option but to ignore the rule.
Aug
29
comment What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?
Without a recording, this will be very hard to answer. Many frogs can make bird-like sounds at night, just to name one of many possibilities. If nobody else hears them, then how do you know they are real? Do you hear these along with voices that say "must kill ..." and the like?
Aug
28
comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
@Michael: It's more like several tens of thousands of square miles. The contiguous Kaibab, Coconino, Tonto, Apache/Sigreaves, Gila, and parts of the Prescott National Forest spanning from west of Flagstaff into western New Mexico is larger that Switzerland. And there's still plenty more national forest and BLM land just in AZ not in that contiguous patch.
Aug
28
comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
@Weda: Yahoos is a name for the type of people who get rowdy and have little regard for anyone else or nature. When you find them outdoors, they won't be far from a beer cooler and the pickup truck they drove to get there. Favorite pastimes are downing beer, making a lot of noise, driving the pickup over whatever they can to flatten it, and shooting off guns. Especially after a few beers, they're not particular about what they shoot at. Go to Arizona and you'll see most every road sign, cactus, and jack rabbit has bullet holes.
Aug
25
comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
I agree that a stationary person is very unlikely to be bitten by a snake. Snakes bite people because they feel threatened. A sitting person that they slithered up on wouldn't be very threatening. The highest danger in the desert is yahoos with guns, especially after having downed a sixpack. I've spent significant time in the Mojave Desert of AZ. While I've only seen snakes at a distance and running away, I've had a bullets fly by my me close enough to hear the whistling noise. The yahoos were shooting randomly and didn't know I was there.
Aug
25
comment Snake dangers while hunting in the desert?
Good answer, +1. How come a guy from India knows so much about the Mojave desert? Have you visited there?
Aug
18
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@bchild: Static charge on your finger is nonsense, since your body is sufficiently conductive, even dry finger skin. Your whole body may have static charge relative to something else, but then licking isn't going to change that.
Aug
18
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
@bchild: Lots of water can reduce friction. Sliding on a wet floor is a example. However, a little moistness increases friction of skin. Think about how often people will stick their fingers in their mouths briefly to be able to pick up a piece of paper more easily.
Aug
16
comment What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?
@Sue: DCR would probably welcome the help, but only after they are convinced you know what you are doing. Getting to that point may be more trouble than it's worth it for them. Your best bet is to work with a established group that is already working on the property. Often these groups are called the "Friends of the ---". Whatever you do, don't go out and modify things without permission on land you don't own, whether public or private, and regardless of how well intentioned and "helpful" you think the acts are.
Aug
16
comment What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?
@ab2: I don't know, I've never tried that or heard of anyone trying that. There is a lot written about controlling this plant, so now that you know what to search for, you should be able to find out more.
Jul
23
comment Do Herons travel alone in New England?
@Sue: The rookery on the west side of route 2 in Acton has been in decline over the last decade since the dead trees are falling down. There were a couple dozen nests at the high point, this year just a few. There's a cycle. Beavers flood a area to make a swamp. The trees die quickly, and make great supports for heron nests. As trees rot and fall down, the herons have to move elsewhere. The largest rookery in Groton is also in decline for the same reason. Eventually beavers leave, trees grow back, beavers come back, and the cycle continues.
Jul
2
comment How to find new poles for old tent?
@HotLicks: As I said in the question, the company that made this tent seems to have vanished. If you know of a way to contact Sierra West, please let me know.
Jun
26
comment What animal might uproot and relocate a newly-transplanted sedum?
Your friend may have seen a brown-colored bear, but it was definitely a black bear (Ursus americanus). These bears come in shades from cinnamon to full black, and are the only bear in Massachusetts. They have been common in the western part of the state for a while, and are spreading eastward. They are no longer unusual except in the urban area immediately around Boston, roughly inside 128. There have been a number of sitings here in Groton (about 35 miles NW of Boston).
Jun
8
comment What sort of rock climbing grade can a goat do?
Goats are good, really good, at rock climbing. They don't need no stink'n grades!