Dec 222013
 

It has just come to my attention that my good friend, Kirk Sigurdson has started a blog related to his new bigfoot-themed novel, Kultus.  I wrote about my take on Kirk’s book in a previous blog post.

Kirk is an excellent writer, so I would encourage you to not only read his book, but check out his blog as well.  He is a man of many interests, and he offers unique perspectives on each and every one.

Click here to visit the Kultus Book Blog.

Jan 282013
 

Author, researcher, and friend, Loren Coleman has centralized his essays and writings into a new platform for the cryptozoological world to enjoy.  His fans can now read his most recent essays, as well as his archived works, at the CryptoZooNews blog.

Being the most prolific writer in any cryptozoological field, (including my favorite, the bigfooting one) nearly everyone in this biz has read one or more of Loren’s many books.  His tomes on Tom Slick and the early days of bigfooting set a standard of research rarely matched by other crypto-historians.  He has been researching his interests for literally decades, and knows, or has met, just about everyone else who shares his love for the unknown creatures that live in the dark corners of our planet.

I think it’s fair to say that we can expect good things from Loren in the future as he pursues his passions on his own platform.  I have added his new blog to my blog list below, and will be reading it faithfully.

Click here to go to Loren Coleman’s CryptoZooNews blog.

Apr 202011
 

A frequent field research partner and friend of the ‘squatch, Matt Pruitt, has recently dipped his toes into the hot tub that is the bigfoot blogosphere.  Matt is a very intelligent man who has been investigating sasquatch reports and conducting field research for many years.  I have personally spent numerous nights with him in the woods over the last several years, and I find him to be one of the best in the field today.  All that, and the guy can write well, too.

Matt Pruitt and Cliff Barackman investigating the
McKenzie River Footage in September, 2010

Matt has opened his blog with several interesting posts.  One post comments on his ongoing experiments to  photograph a bigfoot using Reconyx trail cameras.  Another post, which is particularly interesting to me, is entitled, “Do Established Habituation Scenarios Exist, Waiting to be Documented?”  He suggests that they do.  I agree.

I strongly suggest any serious field researcher to start reading Matt Pruitt’s blog.  I suspect it will prove to be an important resource for bigfooters as it grows and develops, and Matt’s level-headed and methodical approach is one to be emulated by both newbies and seasoned veterans alike.

Read Matt Pruitt’s blog here: 
Matt Pruitt,
Bigfoot Field Researcher
Jan 112011
 



An excellent article recently appeared on the blog, Still on the Track.  The topic of the blog is sasquatches and Bergmann’s Rule.

Basically, Bergmann’s Rule states that animals of a species (or closely related species) tend to be bigger if they live farther away from the equator.  As an example, black bears in Alaska tend to be bigger than those found in Southern California.  

The reason for this correlation has to do with staying warm by retaining heat.  A mammal’s mass constantly generates heat (mammals are “warm-blooded”), and the only way to let that heat escape into the air is through the animal’s skin.  It turns out that mass increases a lot faster than surface area does, so the heat-generating part of the mammal increases faster than the heat-losing part of the mammal.  

To visually represent this idea, let’s look at data from a simple example.  Starting with a cube that is 1 cm long on each side, we see that the volume (which is directly correlated to its mass) is 1 cubic cm, and the surface area is 6 square cm.  If we increase the size of the cube to 2 cm on each side, the volume increases to 4 cubic cm, while the surface area increases to 16 square cm.  As the size of the cube increases, the volume increases at a much faster rate than the surface area, as seen in the chart below.  This means that in mammals, the mass (which generates a mammal’s heat) increases much faster than its surface area (which loses this heat to the environment).  

Data and graph showing the relation between
surface area and volume (mass).



If sasquatches are hypothesized to be real animals, then a possible test would be to see if they conform to the same rules as other mammals do, such as Bergmann’s Rule.  In the article mentioned above, author Dale Drinnon took data supplied by George W. Gill and made graphs showing the size trends of sasquatch height estimates from witnesses, as well as recorded footprint lengths.  The two gentlemen have shown that sasquatches do seem to conform to Bergmann’s Rule, as would be expected for any natural population of mammals.


Kudos to Mr. Drinnon and Mr. Gill for doing some excellent sasquatch science!  

Dec 312010
 

As this blog is finishing its second year in existence, it’s time to look back on 2010 and quietly smile.  It was quite an adventurous year in many ways, and I’m absolutely positive that 2011 will be even more so.  Allow me to share my favorite blog items from 2010 with you.


January
This blog celebrated its first birthday!  As if that wasn’t enough to keep us tingling all month, the strange, dark, upright figure in the Great North video was discovered.  This caused great excitement for a short while until it was discovered that it was a film crew member herding the ungulates for better filming.

A giant red arrow pointing out the dark figure in the video.

I got to spend a few cold nights in the woods and swamps of Mt. Hood National Forest.  Steve Streufert published his lengthy interview with Al Hodgson.  I shared supporting evidence for my hypothesis that sasquatches might be clapping instead of beating sticks against trees when they wood knock.  Mike Greene gave me permission to post his thermal video showing a sasquatch on this blog.

A still from the “Squeaky” Footage

March
I started keeping my eye on the Descending Ridge.  Craig Flipy and I headed to the Olympics for two nights.  A photograph of a possible bigfoot was posted.  I shared my thoughts on the 10 Essentials of Bigfooting.  Guy Edwards accepts an invitation and checks cameras at the Descending Ridge with me.  Ahhh, Spring Break

Olympic Swamps



April
The Legend of Beerfoot, is debuted, and was soon shown at a Portland film festival to a bewildered audience.  The Search for Sasquatch, a documentary by Jesse Larson, was completed, showing a camera retrieval expedition to the Descending Ridge.  A lot of my friends and I got to take Bob Saget bigfooting.  I mused about how amateur scientists will always have a place in bigfooting.  

Casting a Sagetsquatch print.





May
I went adventuring for the day to several sighting locations.  Craig Flipy and I stumbled upon a very squatchy meadow in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  

Flipy Meadows





June
School ended, which sent me on a gluttonous six-day squatch-a-thon that left me exhausted, yet craving more.  Smack dab in the middle of it was the Oregon Sasquatch Symposium, which was epic.  After speaking, I bailed on the Symposium early to try to locate fresh footprints on the Skokomish River, but to no avail.  I then did an on-sight investigation of an eye-witness sighting from just a few days before.  

A bigfoot impression from Molalla, OR




July
A kapre sighting from the Philippines came to my attention.  I spent a night at Dinger Lake and heard knocks.  The next night  was spent with Will Robinson at another location, and several knocks were recorded.  The semi-occasional feature, “Sasquotes,” was born.  The Willamette Week, a hip weekly Portland newspaper included me in their “100 Best” as Portland’s Best Believer.  More reports came to my ears from Gordon Creek.  I trekked to Northern California with good friends.  

Friends at the PG Filmsite





August
After driving the Oregon Coast with Tyler Bounds, I hear and record excellent vocalizations in Mt. Hood National Forest.  Beachfoot was a fun gathering.  Soon thereafter, I disappeared into the wilds of the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon.  Just a few days later, I went bigfooting in Pennsylvania with Matt Moneymaker of the BFRO.   

Cool cave graffiti 





September
I spent a day poking around at the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty and talking to friends.  I started my investigation into the McKenzie River Footage.  Guy Edwards, Craig Flipy, Barney Rubbish, and I spent a couple nights in the woods and hiked several valleys.  The Chehalis Project images were posted to remind everyone of this interesting snippet.  The McKenzie River Footage report was finally released.  (No, I haven’t got the original footage yet, but an occasional email is still being sent…)  

The Chehalis Images





October
Randee Chase, witness and photographer of the Silver Star Mountain photographs, and I ascended to the peaks to obtain measurements.  Dr. John Bindernagel’s excellent new book was finally released after many years of effort.  A short video showing the on-site investigation of the McKenzie River Footage is posted on my Youtube page.  

Randee Chase and I at the top of Silver Star Mountain





November
The usual suspects, accompanied by Mrs. Flipy, spends a night at Lost Lake in the Coast Range.  Some of my best friends got married, and I was honored to play at their celebrations.  

Baby squatch at a wedding



December
Strange Days with Bob Saget” premiered, showing the bigfoot episode on the first night of the series.  Thom Powell started a new blog, while Craig Flipy showed some commitment to his.  





It has indeed been a very squatchy year!  Considering some plans and surprises that are currently in the works, I’m certain that 2011 will be the best on record.


Thank you, everybody, for continuing to read the North American Bigfoot blog.  Keep checking back because I’m always up to something squatchy!

Happy New Years, everybody!
Dec 062010
 

Author and friend of the ‘squatch, Thom Powell, has now entered into the blogosphere with his own corner of the web.  Thomsquatch.com was born on Saturday, so there’s not much there yet.  Since Thom is both a teacher and an author, I believe we can expect intriguing thoughts and well-written commentary in the not-too-distant future.  Besides, he’s super sarcastic and funny, which is one of my favorite combinations of character traits.

Click on over to Thom’s blog and welcome him by following his blog.  Notice that I added a link to him on the right sidebar of this page.
Thom Powell and Cliff Barackman in Willow Creek, CA
Oct 252010
 

Not long ago, an eyewitness report from the Philippines was related to me by the witness’ husband, and later posted on this blog.  This has now brought other witnesses forth with their stories about seeing kapres (bigfoots?) on other occasions.  
One man knew his wife had seen a kapre as a little girl back in 1985.  He eventually coaxed her to meticulously describe what she saw.  The man then found a talented and well-known bigfoot artist  to whip up a couple renditions of what his wife saw.  
The full account of the sighting can be read on the blog The Adventures of Imonacan.  For my part, I wanted to share this interesting international sighting, as well as this amazing art, with my readers.  
Jul 102010
 

For decades, women have been blazing trails in primatology. Personally knowing many women dedicated to the bigfoot hypothesis, it will be interesting to see who puts their mark on this most interesting subject.

The following article was pulled off of www.mentalfloss.com. The original article can be found by clicking this link.

Ape Women: 10 Dedicated Primate Researchers
by Miss Cellania – July 6, 2010 – 10:29 AM

Women are doing amazing work in primatology, the study of monkeys, apes, prosimians, and even humans. Although many are working on furthering our understanding of our closest relatives, we will take a look at only the most prominent.


1. Vanessa Woods


Vanessa Woods is a native of Australia, a research scientist at Duke University, a writer for The Discovery Channel, and an advocate for bonobos, apes that closely resemble chimpanzees. Read about Woods research in the Congo at Bonobo Handshake and follow her blog at Psychology Today.

2. Francine Patterson

Francine “Penny” Patterson began an experiment as a graduate student in 1972. Almost 40 years later, the experiment is still going! Patterson received permission from the San Francisco Zoo to work with aone-year-old gorilla on language acquisition. So Patterson began training little Koko to use American Sign Language. The gorilla began using words within a couple of weeks, and now has a vocabulary of over a thousands words in “Gorilla Sign Language”, a slightly modified form of American Sign Language. Work with Koko led Patterson to found The Gorilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the lowland gorilla.


3. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh


Sue Savage-Rumbaugh spent 30 years as a language researcher at the University of Georgia, during which time she taught a bonobo named Kanzi to communicate through the use of pictograms. Savage-Rumbaugh is now doing language research at The Great Ape Trust, a research center in Des Moines, Iowa. The trust is home to six bonobos and six orangutans.

4. Claudine Andre


Claudine Andre is a Belgian researcher who grew up in the Congo. She volunteered at the Kinshasa Zoo and became enamored with bonobos. In 1994 she founded Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for orphaned bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 60 bonobos sheltered there were mostly confiscated from poachers. Andre also founded Friends of Bonobos to support the sanctuary and is trying to find ways to return orphaned apes to the wild.

5. Sarah Hrdy


Sarah B. Hrdy is an anthrolpologist with the University of California atDavis. Her research into human evolution led her to study primates, starting with the behavior of Hamuman Langurs in India. Since then, Hrdy uses other primates as well to develop theories that contribute to the investigation of human sociobiology and evolution. Despite a shortage of vowels, she has written a half-dozen books on the subject of motherhood in human and other primates.
6. Sally Boysen


Sally Boysen is a psychology professor at Ohio State University. She studies cognitive development in great apes, particularly the mathematical abilities of chimpanzees. She began teaching chimpazees to count in 1984. She later worked on teach several chimps to read, including one named Sheeba, who lived with Boysen for almost all her life.

7. Mireya Mayor

Mireya Mayor is an anthropologist who studies primates and other wildlife in Africa. In 2000, she discovered the world’s smallest primate, the Pygmy Mouse Lemur, a find that led to the establishment ofa national park in Madagascar to conserve the tiny animal. A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Mayor received her PhD from Stony Brook University in 2008. She is a correspondent for National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.


8. Birutė Galdikas



Birutė Galdikas has dedicated her life to orangutans; their study, protection, and conservation. She was born in Germany to Lithuanian parents and grew up in Toronto. Galdikas received her PhD in anthropology at UCLA. She launched her dream of studying orangs in Borneo with the help of renowned anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1971, and became one of “Leakey’s Angels”. Since then, Galdikas has been based in Asia. She founded The Orangutan Foundation International in 1986 to fund orangutan research. Galdikas isn’t a hero to everyone in Indonesia, where she fights for acreage to be set aside for the apes, and fights against those who wish to use the land for more profitable endeavors. She is now a citizen of Indonesia, but spends a few months every year teaching at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She is also a full professor at Universitas Nasional in Jakarta.

9. Dian Fossey


Dian Fossey was another of Leakey’s Angels. Fossey lived in Rwanda for 18 years studying the lowland gorilla in its natural habitat. She approached and befriended a colony of gorillas, gaining their trust over time, and was even accepted as a member of their group. Over the years, Fossey wrote about her relationship with the gorillas, which led to the supporting of her work through the Digit Fund (named after her favorite juvenile gorilla), which later grew into the organization The Gorilla Fund. Fossey’s conservation efforts were not welcomed by Rwandan poachers, whom she fought tooth and nail. She was found murdered in her cabin in 1985. The crime was never solved. Fossey had already written the bookGorillas in the Mist, which became a major motion picture in 1988.

10. Jane Goodall

The third member of Leakey’s Angels here, Jane Goodall is currently the premier authority on chimpanzees. Goodall first traveled to Africa from her native England in 1957. There, she met and impressed Louis Leakey, who hired her to do research on chimpanzees. Goodall began her research at Gombe, Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Over the years, she documented the social structure of a chimpanzee colony and reported on it for National Geographic Magazine. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. The foundation works to conserve areas where chimpanzees can flourish, and funds research into our understanding of these apes who are so closely related to us. In 1994, Goodall also founded TACARE, an organization dedicated to helping the people of Tanzania. Now 76, she travels the world to educate people about apes and raise funds for chimpanzee conservation.

Apr 242010
 


I hope you can forgive me that I’m not much of a sports fan.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate the games or the excitement of competition, but rather I only have so many minutes in a day.  I have often gently chided my bigfooting brethren who go out of their way to find out their favorite sports team’s scores even while in the field.  I write this off as another example of bigfooters’ eccentricity, but that’s the view of a sporting outsider.  I am told this is much more common that I think. 


I heard there was a big football game a few months ago.  When I turned on the TV, I didn’t see any bigfoots at all, so I turned it off.  (Say it out loud, it might be funnier than you think…)


I recently stumbled across a sporty item that I hadn’t seen before that is right up my alley.  Over at Packer Palace, a football blog devoted to the Greenbay Packers, I stumbled across reference to the Legend of Packsquatch.  






What was I even doing on a football blog?  This blog is run by the talented graphic artist and friend of the ‘squatch, Scott McClean.  Scott lives in Los Angeles, and even though he is geographically cut off from the field for much of the year, he still has managed to make significant contributions to the world of bigfooting.  One such way is that he has been compiling literally hundreds of historical accounts of bigfoot sightings from old newspapers dating back to the early 1800’s.  He has organized these into “Big News Prints,” a state-by-state, chronological resource that is simply a “must have” for bigfooters like us.  




If you are a report junkie, this publication is for you.  It is packed full of reports covering nearly two hundred years from all corners of the continent.  


If you are a historical bigfoot buff, this publication is for you.  Scott has gone out of his way to gather much of the early “bigfoot” reports from Humboldt County from back in 1958.  He has an impressive collection of articles that center on the Patterson/Gimlin Film from 1967.  


If you are a bigfooter of any type, you should consider getting a copy of this excellent publication.  Here are a couple examples of what you are missing if you don’t have this tome in your collection: