Greetings incipient eco-gladiators,
In order to further galvanize you, and in response to repeated requests that I release additional material from the depths of what have become misleadingly known as the ‘Graham tapes’, (misleading partially because of their sinister nature and partially because they are actually e-mails), I have transcribed an excerpt from my correspondence with the Auburn team captain during the planning stages of the first blitz. What follows is a translation from the Alabamese – every effort has been made to preserve the original flavor of the language used.
To: Various herpetologists around the southeast
Cc: Andrew Durso, firstname.lastname@example.org, John Maerz, email@example.com
Subject: slander from UGA
Date: February 13th, 2007 at 10:52 AM
Dear dedicated herpers:
As you can see, these events are typically nothing short of epic.
A few updates to the rules, as hashed out at today’s meeting:
- ‘All-taxa’ now refers to identifying:
- vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes) and trees to species,
- invertebrates (for our purposes, arthropods and molluscs) to family and
- vascular plants (ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms, minus trees) and fungi to genus.
- We will NOT count:
– humans or their domestic animals, such as domestic cattle, pigs, goats, horses, dogs, house cats, chickens, ostriches, etc.
– captive animals or anything in the obvious possession of humans.
– “signs” such as tracks or nests–some portion of the actual animal must be seen or heard (i.e., known to be present during the event).
– Anything we are not certain (to the satisfaction of our group) about the identification of – specimens can be sent to faculty who are experts in their field for positive ID later on if clarification is needed
In addition, various faculty will be joining our ranks – students vs. faculty!
Until then, happy herping (and birding, bugging, etc…)!