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Forum: Conservation Today, 14:14
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
My main issue with Chosun is just the mixture of...

My main issue with Chosun is just the mixture of legitimate points with some handwavey new age ideas and an insistence that this is the one true way of fixing the world, without considerations of...
Forum: Conservation Today, 14:02
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
I would never claim that all folklore entities...

I would never claim that all folklore entities are based on some sort of real creature or people. As an example, Asian Dragons, like those depicted in Chinese and Japanese folklore, are so obviously...
Forum: Conservation Yesterday, 13:00
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
Oral traditions can record useful knowledge. For...

Oral traditions can record useful knowledge. For instance, there are numerous local legends which seem to be based on garbled stories of humans encountering now extinct animals which we know DID...
Forum: Birds & Birding Yesterday, 12:43
Replies: 37
Views: 1,120
Posted By Mysticete
Depending on where they are birding, they might...

Depending on where they are birding, they might be heavily reliant on bird song, which can be listened for while snapping photos.
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 26th February 2020, 20:12
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
Err...the scientific consensus is 100% that...

Err...the scientific consensus is 100% that humans came to Australia via elsewhere. The out of Africa hypothesis has almost overwhelming support from genetics and the fossil record. The topic of...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 26th February 2020, 12:42
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
I am not even really sure how to parse your reply...

I am not even really sure how to parse your reply to me. But I don't have any idea what quantum mechanics has to do with anything, and adds a new-agey "Wizard did it" vibe that really isn't helping...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 26th February 2020, 12:27
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By Mysticete
I would guess any birding tours to asia right now...

I would guess any birding tours to asia right now have a high chance of getting cancelled.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 25th February 2020, 18:01
Replies: 37
Views: 1,120
Posted By Mysticete
I don't see an issue as long as their priority is...

I don't see an issue as long as their priority is still getting folks on a bird and everyone is still having fun. In fact I might actually prefer a guide to have a big fancy camera rig on a pelagic...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 25th February 2020, 13:56
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
My overall two cents on this topic. One, I don't...

My overall two cents on this topic.

One, I don't necessarily disagree with with elements of this idea. Certainly local responsible management of resources is going to be better than factory farming...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 25th February 2020, 13:35
Replies: 117
Views: 7,285
Posted By Mysticete
What's more, Chosun has essentially turned the...

What's more, Chosun has essentially turned the entire conservation subforum into the "Chosun thoughts and comments forum", which pretty much has driven off most other folks and stifled discussion of...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 14th February 2020, 14:10
Replies: 247
Views: 17,689
Posted By Mysticete
One would think the banners/adds loaded with...

One would think the banners/adds loaded with images of Darth Vader and super heroes might possibly suggest you are not looking at a official scientific website...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 14th February 2020, 14:08
Replies: 45
Views: 1,324
Posted By Mysticete
Does it? Again a large chunk of birds have...

Does it?

Again a large chunk of birds have names derived from other languages. Unless you are suggesting we also get rid of names like Jacana, Guillemot, etc.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 12th February 2020, 20:20
Replies: 20
Views: 973
Posted By Mysticete
That is my understanding. At the very least SACC...

That is my understanding. At the very least SACC seem to have far less trouble splitting suboscines on vocals alone compared to other taxa
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th February 2020, 13:40
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By Mysticete
Actually, there are a couple of more species in...

Actually, there are a couple of more species in the family, but yes, Mitrospingidae should be an easy add. They regularly visit the feeders at the Canopy Lodge, which I will be staying at for 3...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 11th February 2020, 13:32
Replies: 44
Views: 15,522
Posted By Mysticete
Been preparing for that for years now...

Been preparing for that for years now...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Monday 10th February 2020, 23:46
Replies: 115
Views: 37,687
Posted By Mysticete
I can't speak for rails, but sometimes holotypes...

I can't speak for rails, but sometimes holotypes are in hard to access collections, or even if easy to access, may have strict prohibitions against sampling. Or the holotype could be in less than...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th February 2020, 23:41
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By Mysticete
I use a classification largely based on the...

I use a classification largely based on the Taxonomy in Flux page, with some input from a few other random lists. So the number of families possible is probably somewhat larger than just a strict IOC...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th February 2020, 12:44
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By Mysticete
My main ABA area targets this year are: Smith's...

My main ABA area targets this year are:

Smith's Longspur: Pass through Wisconsin on Migration but our tough; there is a local birding club trip however specifically targeting them in Dane...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th February 2020, 12:38
Replies: 31
Views: 1,406
Posted By Mysticete
not bird related, but I remember visiting a zoo...

not bird related, but I remember visiting a zoo with a friend and both of us were looking at the Japanese Serow. I don't remember the exact phrasing, but we jokingly referred to them as wolfgoats or...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:37
Replies: 781
Views: 129,686
Posted By Mysticete
uh..."notice"? That sure sounds like a scientific...

uh..."notice"? That sure sounds like a scientific assessment of a complex issue

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-sea-level

First paragraph:
"Global...
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:25
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Mysticete
I assume a reference to the distance involved in...

I assume a reference to the distance involved in that travel, and the cost?
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:25
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Mysticete
I mean...By all means cancel the Japan trip, but...

I mean...By all means cancel the Japan trip, but also keep in mind that the scare over Coronavirus is a bit..overblown. For context, last year 600 people in the UK died from complications from the...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 6th February 2020, 22:06
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Mysticete
My own opinion is is you could get the flight...

My own opinion is is you could get the flight changed so it didn't connect through China, that is all I would do. Japan isn't China, and may never get the virus, and if they do they will be able to...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 6th February 2020, 22:00
Replies: 384
Views: 81,101
Posted By Mysticete
To be fair, I am a die hard Nat Geo (for overall...

To be fair, I am a die hard Nat Geo (for overall coverage) and Sibley (which is more useful for tough IDs). So I suspect it will also be a home reference.

Cost was an argument some made about Hawaii...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 6th February 2020, 13:00
Replies: 384
Views: 81,101
Posted By Mysticete
From a logisitical perspective, the majority of...

From a logisitical perspective, the majority of the Alaskan specialities are on parts of the Alaska or islands that have no vehicle access, so they might as well be not contiguous.

I mean I just did...
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