Sunday, March 25, 2012
I won't provide them web traffic by leading your to pictures of the event. I also won't ever drink a Coors beer again as they are one of the events biggest sponsors. Instead I will show a couple pictures of healthy western diamondback rattlesnakes that were not found by gassing burrows, and I will highlight how a terrible thing can be transformed for the good.
One of the countries other biggest yearly roundups occurred in Claxton, Georgia. Concerned individuals were able to convince the organizers of the event to change the roundup from an event focused on persecution and slaughter to a celebration of all wildlife. This year, the "45th" Annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival was held, although really the first under this new name. They were able to draw much more vendors, including zoos, conservation organizations who were all very supportive of the new direction of the event. The event still drew 15000 visitors over two days and was still a success.
Check out this article on the Orienne Society's website, a wonderful conservation society that focuses on reptiles and amphibians.
Will the Sweetwater Roundup ever go the way of the dodo? Hard to tell at this point, but if smaller roundups can show they are successful even after a change in "format" maybe there will be hope for the future.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Posting from the road.
Early spring. Check
Temps in the 60 s. Check
Full tank of gas, full cooler of caffeine, two awesome dogs. Check, check check
Rain? Promising forecast...
Willing to drive all over the state chasing rain and the calls of breeding frogs?
Wouldn't have it any other way.