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)

Oct 022013
 
A Cotton-top tamarin at Schwerin Zoo.
Credit: Harald Hoyer / Wikipedia.

An interesting article recently caught my attention.  It has now been officially documented that a species of non-human primate whispers to other members of its species when not wanting to be detected or overheard.  It has long been known that other species engage in a sort of whispering.  Even gophers do it.  However, this is the first recorded instance of deliberate whispering to both avoid detection and communicate threat in a non-human primate.

I have been told by bigfooters that they have heard what they thought were sasquatches whispering back and forth to each other.  No recording was made, but I have no reason to doubt the observation that the murmuring noises seemed to resemble whispering.  (Whether or not the bigfooters’ interpretation was correct is another matter.)  This study verifying the behavior in non-human primates strengthens the researchers’ claims that the bigfoots might have been whispering.
An exciting aspect to this discovery is whether or not this same behavior can be documented in great apes.  I predict it will be, but we all have to wait to find out.
Enjoy this most interesting article:

Research duo discover first instance of non-human primates whispering to each other
Sep 25, 2013 by Bob Yirka

(Phys.org) —Psychology researchers Rachel Morrison and Diana Reiss of The City University of New York have discovered the first instance of non-human primates whispering to one another. In their paper published in Zoo Biology, the two describe how they recorded vocalizations of captive tamarin monkeys and found that when threatened they sometimes revert to whispering to one another to avoid being overheard.

Whispering is a common strategy used by people to communicate with one or more people while simultaneously trying to avoid having others hear. Other animals have been found to lower the volume of their communications as well under certain circumstances, but never before has any primate other than humans been found to do so. In this new effort, the discovery was inadvertent.
Click this link to read the rest of the article.

Sep 222013
 
Tyler Bounds catching crayfish in the Arizona wilderness while
filming the “solo” camping trip for Finding Bigfoot.

Friend, researcher, cameraman, and Finding Bigfoot’s “outdoor technician,” Tyler Bounds was recently interviewed by National Geographic for a short travel piece.  The theme of the article was how to find bigfoot, and Tyler gave some good advice for newbies and old hands alike.  

Sep 192013
 
Eric Altman and Cliff Barackman hang out before the PA
townhall meeting.

If you’ve been in bigfooting for more longer than Finding Bigfoot has been on the air, then you certainly know about the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and one of its founding members, Eric Altman.  For the newbies who have only recently taken up residence in Bigfootland, Eric is a long-time researcher of bigfoots, and all sorts of other weird things.

Eric is my go-to guy for investigating reports in the PA area, and he graciously helps me research sighting reports from that area of the country.  He and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society conduct thorough investigations, often on-site with the witnesses.  Eric and the PBS have been invaluable resources for me over the last few years.

Eric has now launched his own personal website to feature some of his own work.  Included in his links are media appearances, links to his excellent radio program called Beyond the Edge Radio (on which I’ve been a guest), and, of course, a link to the PA Bigfoot Society.

I would like to encourage you to drop by Eric’s page and explore a bit.  Send him a hello via his contact page, and tell them I sent you!

Jun 112013
 
A new children’s book has hit the stands to help encourage the young people in your life to start bigfooting.  Cindy Rose Caddell has combined her love for bigfooting with her artistic skills as a photographer and artist to produce a well-written book perfect for any bigfooter between the ages of two and nine years of age.  
You can buy the book from Amazon by clicking this link.  
Jun 082013
 

One of my contacts from New England just gave me permission to share a recording he recently obtained.  His research has focused on an area of high activity in a national forest near his home.  By frequenting the area, he has obtained some interesting interactions, including this one below.

I love his reaction to the sounds…  At first he’s excited, but when the sounds get louder he becomes a bit more apprehensive about the situation (the clip was edited to take out an expletive).  Very cool…

Jun 062013
 
Thom holding one of the hoaxed Elbe casts

My good friend, Thom Powell got some news coverage last week in the Portland Tribune.  The article focuses on Thom as a science teacher and how he is also interested in bigfoot.  Go figure, bigfoot and science go hand in hand?  Yes, they do.

While Thom is known for being on the outside of the mainstream of bigfooting, if a “mainstream of bigfooting” can even exist, he has arrived there by applying the scientific method to ideas not normally considered.  He finds a hypothesis that he likes and does small experiments to see if it’s correct.  Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t, but he always revises his thought and moves to the next one.  
While I don’t necessarily agree with all aspects of Thom’s picture of bigfoot, I really like the man and respect where he’s coming from.  I’m glad he’s doing the things he’s into because, as Thom himself would say, that means that I don’t have to.  
Enjoy the article:

Hillsdale’s Sasquatch expert
At Robert Gray Middle School, teacher Thom Powell leaves a big imprint

A few months into one’s freshman year at Wilson High School, alumni of Jackson Middle School in West Portland Park will start forming friendships with those of Robert Gray in Hillsdale. They will trade stories of their middle school years, recounting horrific homework assignments and raving about favorite former teachers. But while former Jackson pupils tend to have a long and varied list, Robert Gray alums all seem to name the same one: Mr. Powell, a teacher of eighth-grade science with a penchant for Sasquatch. Not the annual music festival, but the mythical creature also known as Bigfoot.

Thom Powell has taught at Robert Gray Middle School for nearly three decades. He is a tall, gray man with a raspy voice and a disarmingly piercing gaze. Though his appearance is domineering and almost off-putting, his students know better. They flock to his classroom as soon as the bell rings, vying for his attention to their preteen attempts at sarcasm and deadpan. Powell meets them bit for bit, speaking with complete candor to his 14-year-old pupils. Truly, he is a gentle giant, and so, he says, is the Sasquatch.

Click here to read the full article posted at Thom’s blog.

May 292013
 

Back in April of 2011, Craig Flipy and I took a Bigfoot Road Trip to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia to partake in a salute to veteran bigfooter, John Green.  We did some filming along the way, and eventually pieced together a 9 minute segment on the event.  We initially intended to include the clip in the Bigfoot Road Trip DVD, but there was a small audio glitch that made us reconsider.  We have now decided to make this clip available for free for everyone to enjoy.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event, I hope you get a taste of what it was like by watching the below video.  The event was amazing as friends of the sasquatch united to celebrate John Green and his contributions to our lives.  We only know so much because we stand on the shoulders of giants, and John Green is one of the tallest of those giants (both literally and figuratively).  We all owe him a debt of gratitude.  For now, however, I think he’d be content to have us enjoy the video segment.

And consider this… If this video is what didn’t make the Bigfoot Road Trip DVD, imagine the great stuff that actually made the cut!  
Mar 282013
 

The Sasquatch Field Guide
by Dr. Jeff Meldrum
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 Field Guide 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.