Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginner’s Field Guide to Common Birds of North America

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Apr 172017
 

Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginners Field Guide to Common Birds of North America 
by Sharen and Mark Mellicker

This is the second in a series of children’s books written as field guides for the young bigfoot lover.  The first book walked with a family of bigfoots through the woods and pointed out tree species and how to identify them.  In this book we travel with the same bigfoot family, but this time focus on various woodland habitats and the birds that live in them.  Each page has a narrative as the main text with the margins filled by illustrations by Sharen Mellicker depicting birds and how to identify them.  

While reading this book, lesson plans and projects came rushing into my head, as is the tendency with any professional educator.  If I was still a classroom teacher, I would use this book as a template for a student assignment.  After all, there are few better “hooks” to get a young person reading than to get them reading about bigfoot.  

Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods

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Feb 242017
 

Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods 
By Dana Lynd

I love it when people think outside the box, and there is not doubt that author Dana Lynd did just that when coming up with the idea for Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods.  

The book shares an account of a family’s camping trip to the woods.  Knocks are heard, a footprint is found, but not much really comes from the events.  When the end of the book is reached, the reader is instructed to turn the book over and backwards, and then to read the book again.  This time it is presented from the eyes of a sasquatch watching the family on their camping trip.  

The book is an excellent example of perspectives in storytelling, and with a sasquatch as a silent protagonist, it would certainly be a favorite in the classroom or at home.

To order the book, click the links above.  For more suggestions on bigfoot books for kids and teens, click this link

Sasquatch Field Guide Review

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Oct 312016
 

 

Below is my reposted review of Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s Sasquatch Field Guide (Folding Pocket Guide):

 “Finally, a concise and well-written field guide has been published to help the bigfoot field investigator document various types of evidence in an appropriate way. Dr. Jeff Meldrum has put together a field guide on heavy-duty, waterproof card stock that literally fits in your back pocket or backpack, adding little weight to those ounce-sensitive backpackers with an interest in collecting data from the backcountry.  Seemingly thinking of everything, Dr. Meldrum has even included a ruler along the top margin of the Guide so the researcher will always have a scale item for any photos taken in the woods.  The Sasquatch Field Guide not only helps researchers with identifying possible spoor left by bigfoots, but it also helps him or her reduce the possibility of misidentifying signs of other animals for those of sasquatches.  Also included in the Field Guide are easy-to-understand directions on how to gather and store data in the field in preparation for future analysis.  The Guide uses colors and diagrams making it easy to read and understand, which could be the difference between successfully gathering data and blowing it when under the pressure of dealing with the real thing out in the field.  Sections in the Sasquatch FieldGuide include information on visual identification, footprint identification, track casting, gathering footprint metrics, hair samples, scat samples, tree breaks, nests, cultural signs, stacked rocks, habitat and distribution, diet, vocalizations, possible origins, and taphonomy.  This hefty brochure-style guide is densely-packed with valuable information that all field researchers should be intimately acquainted with.”

To purchase, click here:  Sasquatch Field Guide (Folding Pocket Guide)

May 162014
 

The residents of the Pacific Northwest are in for a treat this week.  On both Monday and Tuesday evenings (May 19 and 20), Dr. Robert Michael Pyle is lecturing, proudly sponsored by the non-profit organization Mount St. Helens Institute.

For bigfoot newbies, Dr. Pyle is a lepidopterologist, or someone who studies butterflies and moths.  Though this is his specialty, I would describe Dr. Pyle as a naturalist with a wide range of interests.  One of those interests is in the study of bigfoot.  In fact, he wrote an excellent book about his journey in bigfooting entitled, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide (required reading for any bigfooter, in my opinion).  


Monday’s lecture will be at the Kelso Theater (214 S. Pacific, Kelso, WA), and Tuesday’s will be at the Loowit Brewing Company (507 Columbia St., Vancouver, WA). Both lectures start at 6:30. I hope to see you there!

Jan 182014
 
A great piece of art available from
Lantern Press.  Click here to purchase.

Even though I mostly live on the road, I do still love to hear what’s happening back home in Portland, OR.  I follow numerous websites for the latest information on weather, culture, and forest issues.  Just this past week, an item caught my attention from Multnomah Falls, a beautiful waterfall east of Portland that is a popular tourist attraction, and a location where there have been numerous bigfoot encounters.

Apparently, Benson Bridge was struck by a large boulder that damaged the bridge and forced the authorities to temporarily close it and the trail until they can do the necessary repairs.  Don’t worry, though.  Multnomah Falls is still open for your viewing pleasure.

It is said that a rock fell from the cliffs above and damaged the bridge.  Still, I wonder if it could have been something else?

Below are the press release and a map of where the closure occurred.  Hikers have already been stranded out there because of the bridge closure, so if you are planning on any hiking trips in the area, please keep in mind the situation.  Winter in the Gorge can present life-threatening conditions, and one does not want to be stranded out there overnight!

Jan 072014
 

I have been invited to speak at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles, Oregon on Saturday, January 25th.  The one o’clock presentation has already sold out, but we have added another talk that evening (I will do the same presentation as earlier in the day).

Also presenting will be Mel Skahan, forester for the Yakima tribe, and the main contact for bigfoot evidence on the nearby Yakima Reservation.  Oliver Kirk of the Warm Springs Reservation will also be in attendance.

This will be a fun event in an educational forum.  The Discovery Center and Museum has great displays about the Columbia River, the Native cultures that inhabit the area, early American pioneers to the area, and the plants and animals that currently or previously inhabit the region.

The first event of this kind was a couple weeks ago, and Dr. Jeff Meldrum was the keynote speaker.  Veteran researchers Thomas Steenburg and Chris Murphy were also in attendance.  This upcoming event promises to be just as informative and fun as the last, so I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

See the above flyer for ticket information.