Sunday, October 21, 2012

Taking a Skeptic Bigfooting

A short while back, I took some representatives from FLIR out to the woods with me. (Actually, we went twice, but one of the times was for an upcoming episode of Finding Bigfoot.) On this occasion, I took several folks from their corporate offices in nearby Wilsonville to one of my favorite bigfooting spots in Mount Hood National Forest.

At this location, we filmed some promotional stuff for my upcoming appearance at Inframation, the world's largest thermal imaging conference, where I'll be talking about using thermal imagers as a tool for bigfooting. After taking care of the business side of things, it was time to do some bigfooting at one of the best spots I know of.

I was unaware that Haley was going to write an article about this trip, but she did. I was also unaware that she really didn't think bigfoots were real, but I forgive her for that. I think she's a bit more open to their reality than perhaps she was before the trip.

I did in fact stay at the location after everyone else left. I sat in my chair listening for several more hours before falling asleep. During that time, I heard a strange growl, and three more knocks that were each more distant than the last. Clearly, whatever was making them was leaving the area.

Here is a bit of Haley's article along with a link to the rest of it. I hope you enjoy it.

A Skeptic's Encounters With 'Finding Bigfoot'

“The public appears disposed to be amused even when they are conscious of being deceived." –PT Barnum

Before we go any further, you should know that I don’t believe in bigfoot. I’m a confirmed skeptic. Loch Ness only has fish. Chupacabra is just a goat. Extraterrestrials have better things to do than visit Earth. And there are as many vampires in the rain-soaked Northwest as there are sasquatches (sorry “Twilight” fans).

Nevertheless, in my capacity as manager of public relations at FLIR Systems, it fell upon me to coordinate FLIR’s involvement in an upcoming episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” which is broadcast on the Animal Planet network. I was ecstatic about the opportunity. Not to search for bigfoot, but to help promote FLIR and our thermal imaging cameras. But this didn’t turn out to be your everyday behind-the-scenes logistics gig.

Finding Bigfoot” follows a team of Bigfoot hunters as they follow up on sightings around the world. Featuring Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Ranae Holland and James “Bobo” Fay, the show is highly entertaining. The fact that they use and promote FLIR thermal imagers makes me a fan.

Click this link for the rest of the article.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy "St. Patty's" Day, 2012


It is once again St. Patty's day, named after the bigfoot filmed 45 years ago today.  I know that this film has played a huge role in many a bigfooter's life, including my own, so it seems appropriate to pause for a moment and show some gratitude to Roger Patterson, Bob Gimlin, and Patty herself for converging on Bluff Creek that day.

A lot of excellent work has been done in recent years to validate the film.  Most notable, in my opinion, is the work done by Bill Munns.  Along with Mr. Munns, Steven Streufert and Robert Leiterman have put in quite a bit of effort to properly document the exact location of the film site that was until recently lost to time.

I had the opportunity to go to the PG film site this past summer with Bill Munns, Steven Streufert, Robert Leiterman, and a host of other bigfooters.  In honor of the film, I will post some of the photos taken on this trip. Enjoy!

Bill Munns and Cliff Barackman

Cliff Barackman and the big tree from
the background of the PG Film

Bill Muns walking next to the location where Patty was first seen
on the film.  She walked along the path that is marked
with the yellow rope.

Roger Patterson started filming at the spot
marked with the rock pile.  He ran along the
course marked with the yellow rope until
falling to his knees shy of where the
river's berm is today.

Bill Munns and Steven Streufert matching their maps to the the film

The rediscovery crew standing very near where Patty walked in
the most famous frame of the film

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bigfoot Discovery Day V

If you live anywhere close to Felton, CA (in the redwoods right outside of Santa Cruz), you should make your way over next weekend for Bigfoot Discovery Day V. This is an event that you will not want to miss, especially since it's being held on the anniversary of the Patterson/Gimlin Film, and will feature an important piece of bigfooting history.

Here is a description of the festivities written by the event's host, Mike Rugg:

Consider this a personal invitation to our bigfoot gathering coming up on the anniversary of the Patterson Gimlin Film here in Felton. We are making this a special event by showing the recently recovered "Big Reel"(as Mrs Patterson described it) for the first time since c.1970. It features Al DeAtley, John Napier and Patterson himself interviewing witnes
ses and introducing "Reel 2" (the actual film of the Sasquatch.)

There will be a panel of experts to discuss the PG Film including Bill Munns, Jeff Meldrum, Robert Leiterman and others. Also featured will be the first public showing of new evidence from Bart Cutino. Other "celebrity" bigfooters may also appear (TBA.)

Bigfoot Discovery Day V October 20, 2012
11-4 at the museum $5.00 (for BBQ lunch)
5-10 Patterson Film presentation and panel at Felton Town Hall
$20 each at the gate (members & seniors 18)
$15 advance ticket order (members & seniors 12)
Children under 12 free

PayPal tickets via:

Mike Rugg

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twenty-five Primate Species Reported on Brink of Extinction

This article caught my eye. Don't worry yet, sasquatches are not on the list. Still, the issues that threaten the other apes are the same ones that could eventually threaten the sasquatch populations here in North America. Who knows? Perhaps some of these issues already affect the big guys...  What can you do to help?  Comment below with your ideas.

In this Sept. 15 photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer's
gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park
is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center in Congo.
(Photo: Handout via AP)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday.

Six of the severely threatened species live in the island nation of Madagascar, off southeast Africa. Five more from mainland Africa, five from South America and nine species in Asia are among those listed as most threatened.

The report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature was released at the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity being held in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Primates, mankind's closest living relatives, contribute to the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and maintaining forest diversity.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #84

Track #84 was the 49th consecutive
cast taken from the site.

Track number 84 was the 49th consecutive cast taken from the site. The creature's foot penetrated the organic silt that formed the uppermost layer of substrate, and it pushed into the sand below. This caused a very messy distal edge to the cast. The heel impressed deeply into the substrate, and shows a nice contour towards the middle of the foot's length where less weight was put.

Despite the messy leading edge of the cast, hints of all five digits can be seen. There is a somewhat parabolic curve towards the toe tips. Besides the tips of the toes, no details can be made out of any of the digits because of the substrate. Digits number three and four are particularly evident. Digit three impressed into the substrate a full 19 mm deeper than the fourth digit. I believe this is evidence of independent toe movement.

Visit and see more photos of this cast.