My friend Leslie Anthony, who describes himself on his instagram profile as a "half-decent writer, failed surfer, secret scientist, unrepentant skier, frisbee aficionado and iPhone sixtagrammer", is actually a brilliant writer, an amazing editor, and a bush-bashing biophiliac and friend to all snakes, who answers my smart-like-dump-truck questions about snakes with enduring grace and infinite … Continue reading From all the threads that surround you today, may you weave together something that will keep you warm and safe
This, via my favourite reptilian correspondent, @pembyboa, the instagram alter-ego of Dr Leslie Anthony. Anthony spotted this albino banana slug in 2009 on a hike to Garibaldi Lake. He hasn't seen once since, until July 9, during Whistler's Bioblitz, (the 10th!) when participants found three albino banana slugs on two different sections of trail. What … Continue reading Sighted: Albino banana slugs!
We're digging instagram these days and thought it would be fun to give a shout-out to some of the funnest local insta-feeds out there. So, here's our summer experiment, a follow Friday feature instagram account to take a peek at, kicking off today. If you have an instagram account, want to share your stuff, or … Continue reading Follow Friday: feature Instagram account of the week. Say hello to @pembyboa
Last year, herpetologist Dr Leslie Anthony delivered a presentation at the library on Pemberton's sharp-tailed snake population, where he tells the story of his discovery of a completely rare species of snake, right here in our backyard. You don't have to be a geek to find this exciting... and you don't have to have been … Continue reading Video: Sharp Tailed Snakes
Arguments in favour of iPhones and social media: When in doubt about what you're seeing, take a photo and post it to instagram or twitter. Some expert will know. And we'll all be the wiser for it. via @docleslie. Thanks Leslie. A red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguinem), one of the first bee-friendly plants of the season. … Continue reading Seasonal Observations: Red Flowering Currant
Snake-watcher, Dr Leslie Anthony, has been sighting lots of snakes in Pemberton this month. We repost this "heads-up" from his Instagram account (which is pretty cool.) The elusive, completely harmless but preternaturally beautiful rubber boa is emerging from winter dens. These ancient creatures live 50+ years but only have a few babies—much like turtles—so killing … Continue reading Snakewatch: Swerve for Rubber Boas!
For the last three years, Stewardship Pemberton, along with herpetologist and doctor of zoology, Leslie Anthony, have been tracking snakes in Pemberton and he's been doing his darnedest to avoid breaking into a bad Australian accent: Crikey. This week, get the chance to hear the results of all that snake-stalking and bush-walking, and discover what … Continue reading Event: Snake Talk, Nov 7
Ran into this little fella (but not over him) riding on the trails around Mosquito Lake on Saturday. Snake expert, Leslie Anthony, identified him for us as a Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchii), a subspecies of the Common Gartersnake. The lowly Garter Snake plays an important role in energy transfer from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems. Hence, anyone … Continue reading Seasonal Observation: Valley Gartersnake
Spotted yesterday in Pemberton by local herpetologist, Leslie Anthony, the rubber boa out sunning itself taking a moment to enjoy life outside the winter den. Here are a few cool facts about the rubber boa, courtesy of BCReptiles.ca: they look like a rubbery tube, thanks to their loose skin and small smooth scales they're usually … Continue reading Seasonal Observations: Rubber Boa (Charina Bottae)
2013 is the year of the black Snake - it begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the most humanitarian sign of the zodiac. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the … Continue reading Happy Year of the Snake