Students: I will assist you in finding answers to specific questions but will not respond to vague requests. Please also view this open letter to science students and teachers.
If you have an assignment to interview someone in a career you find interesting, please view this post on common questions I receive and post any new questions in the Comments.
For wildlife identification requests, provide your general location. If you have a picture, include it. You may see your animal picture in a future identification post.
Call me old-fashioned, but I appreciate it when you are polite and use full sentences when you ask me to take my time to answer your questions.
I might be interested in writing a blog post based on questions or information you send me; if I do so please be aware that I may use your first name, last initial, general location, the text of your e-mail and any attached photographs. If you do not want me to include any of this information, please mention that in your initial message. I will never publish your e-mail address.
If you have a quick question or identification request, feel free to tweet it to me. Do not send me direct messages with your questions or requests, they will be ignored. Answering all these questions is only worth my time if lots of people can learn from them.
In my opinion, this is the perfect snake ID request. Bookmark it.— David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) May 26, 2016
Can you help me identify this snake from [state]?
I hope you will join me on Facebook, where I provide lots of wildlife news and information. However, I don't answer questions there. If you want a snake identified on Facebook, try this excellent Snake Identification group.