Sunday, December 09, 2012

Over Their Heads...AGAIN!

I'm not quite sure what I expected, I guess the same as always.  No matter how many times you try to point something out, the main message goes over their heads!

WAKE UP!!!  The main point of the previous blog was not to be an entire discussion about the Bigfoot DNA.  That was only a mere example.  Quite honestly, it doesn't matter what subject is used as an example, you people will find ways to humiliate, ridicule and name call.

The point was this!  Hopefully, I won't have to repeat it, I would slow it down for you, but its hard to do that when typing.

What does putting up pictures of anyone, be it Melba Ketchum or anyone, got to do with hers or anyone's qualifications?  Why do people feel the need to poke fun at others and put others down all the time?  NOTHING!!!  Grow up and get a life!  Take some responsibility in your life for a change.  Take some responsibility and not mislead people with false information for a change.  What does tearing others down have to do with the facts?

As usual, the main point goes right over your heads!  Let's see...maybe let's try to be nice to others?  I wonder if that would work?  And I'm not the person who wrote up your so-called code of ethics, YOU DID!  If you weren't going to follow them, why even put them up?

Oh...and guess what...I had one comment on my blog that had some name calling in it, guess what I did?  I MODERATED my blog because I don't want to stoop to the same level as you all do with your blogs and Facebook group pages.

But, you know what, I've made an earth shattering decision.  It doesn't matter what I say or what anybody says.  So, write up, continue to call names, continue your ridicule and enjoy.  Doesn't matter what I say or anyone says.  You simply can't listen to REASON!

I've made my point, have a great day.  Back to what really matters now.

Friday, December 07, 2012

When does it stop? What can we do?

Folks, put all your thoughts aside for a little while and THINK about what you are doing.  Since the invent of Facebook I have seen more arguing, name calling, threats, rumors and just plain out bad information then when I was in school!

There comes a time when you have to draw the line somewhere.  And lines have been crossed many times over, especially over the past few weeks with the recent Bigfoot DNA study.  What can we do to put a stop to the unnecessary bullying, name-calling, rumors, threats and outright lies and deceptions being put forth by blogs and Facebook groups?  That's an easy one.  QUIT SUPPORTING THEIR ACTIONS! 

WE can stop them by IGNORING them!  Why would you want to get information that has NOT been backed up with any facts anyway.  When you see an article written by the Washington Post or the New York Times, do you see a lot of name calling?  Do you see mindless insults in those publications?  Not usually.  But you can't say that about the newest Bigfoot blogs and Bigfoot Facebook groups out there right now.  As a matter of fact, they can't go a single day without some kind of name calling or bullying taking place.  Let's discuss a few examples...

Let's take this one for example.  "The Ketchum paper was REJECTED and FAILED PEER REVIEW."  Really? Where is this announcement?  In the "Evidence" blog?  Please, give me a break.  We need a REAL NEWS AUTHORITY to show us that information.  The "Evidence" blog has had many of problems with its new sources in the past and I'm sure that continues down to this day.  It is an UNRELIABLE source of information pertaining to the field of bigfoot research.

Then, let's not forget the mention the "Coalition" facebook page where pictures are put up of people so other's can come in and make fun of them.  Here's some great examples of REAL journalism...(sure whatever)...

"Upholding a ton of bullsh*# for four years just ain't easy..." a quote made about Melba Ketchum.
"The only conspiracy here is the Ketchumites trying desperately to cover their own as*es."
"It is not an attack on "personal character."

Really?  Not an attack on her personal character?  Well darn, I guess I must have been asleep in school that day.  If you don't think you are personally attacking her as a person, I certainly wouldn't be going around claiming I had college courses in writing, that's for sure!  Because obviously you also don't know the definition of hypocrisy.  Let me help you out with that.  Hypocrisy : a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.  You may ask, how can I make that statement?  This is how.  This is taken straight from their own Facebook group page...

"This group is open to all, and seeks to promote the spirit of rational thinking and evidence-based reality orientation in Bigfoot Studies. This is a group open to the possible/probable existence of Bigfoot, as well as skepticism and critical thought, so long as it is not hateful or slanderous. This group is anarchistic to the greatest degree possible, and non-believers and believing fanatics are equally welcome to participate. All are encouraged to be either constructive or funny, but we ask that personal insult be avoided as useless and pointless. Take a stand for the compatibility of Sasquatch and Reason. A Code of Ethics (writing still in progress) applies to members of this group. Those who cannot abide by it will be asked to leave or may be banned."  The underlined words are my emphasis.  Rational?  Where?  Evidence-based? Where?  Not hateful or slanderous?  Tell me another one.  All non-believers and believing fanatics are welcome?  Of course they are, that way you can do the things you claim you won't according to your own rules.  No personal insults because they are useless and pointless?  The statement is true, but no one follows them, especially the author of the group.

Now, I know what's next.  I must be a friend or supporter of Melba Ketchum.  I'm friends with her on Facebook, yes.  Supporter, not really.  I am not involved at all with any of the process with the DNA study. But, I am a human being and Melba Ketchum is a human being that does NOT deserve the personal attacks she is undergoing.  I have said from the beginning, the process needs to go through the peer review process, plain and simple.  Some would like you to think they have some kind of "inside knowledge" of the process.  THEY DON'T AND JUST WISH THEY DID.

So, when does it stop and what can we do?  It stops when we quit supporting them and their lies.  It has been admitted by some of the blog owners that every time you click on their blogs, they get PAID.  YES, THEY GET PAID!  One of them makes thousands of dollars a month!  So, it makes sense that they want to put up as much content as possible.  Why?  So you will CLICK, put another dollar in their bank account.  Why do they not moderate their comment sections?  Because, the drama makes you CLICK their blog so you can read the nasty, name-calling actions of others!  They know how to make money!  They want you to think there's nothing they can do about other people's comments.  NOT TRUE!  Every blog has a moderation ability and the comment section can even be turned off.  But, they don't want that.  Therefore, by allowing the name-calling and insulting comments to continue, they in part SUPPORT the comments and those commenting.  We stop them by not clicking on their blogs.  There are many other avenues in this technological world to get the information we seek.

This field of research needs to get back to the roots of it's beginning.  Cooperation with one another, the sharing of information without the fear of ridicule, common sense research.  Making GOOD friends along the way.  There is an old saying I used to repeat a lot and I'm going to bring it back.  When this stops being fun, it's time to leave!  If things continue down the path they are, many GOOD researchers will stop working with others and keep all their hard work to themselves.  Is that what we want?

Again, I leave you with the thought...when this stops being fun, it's time to leave!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

'Bigfoot' DNA Sequenced In Upcoming Genetics Study

Click HERE to read the story...

DNA analysis of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch

This announcement comes from Dr. Igor Burtsev, Head of the International Center of Hominology...


The DNA analysis of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch specimen conducted by Dr. Melba Ketchum the head of DNA Diagnostics, Timpson, TX, USA has been over!

Team of American scientists led by Dr. Melba Ketchum for five years has analyzed 109 purported samples of such creatures. The study has sequenced DNA of a novel North American hominin, commonly called Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

There were a large numbe
r of laboratories associated with this study including academic, private and government laboratories in which blind testing was utilized to avoid prejudice in testing. Great time and care was taken in the forensic laboratories to assure no contamination occurred with any of the samples utilized in this study. 

After 5 years of this study the scientists can finally answer the question of what sasquatch really is. It is human like us only different, a hybrid of a human with unknown species. Early field research shows that the Bigfoot/Sasquatches are massively intelligent which has enabled them to avoid detection to a large extent. They are different than us, however human nonetheless. 

The hybridization event could not have occurred more than 15000 years ago according to the mitochondrial data in some samples. Origin of this hominin was probably Middle Eastern/Eastern Europe and Europe originally though other geographic areas are not excluded.

The manuscript associated with this study has been submitted to a scientific reviewed magazine.
For years people have refused to believe they exist. Now that we know that they are real, it is up to us to protect them from those that would hunt or try to capture them for research or for sport. They should be left alone to live as they live now. After all, they are our relatives.

At this time, analysis of the Sasquatch genomes is still ongoing. Further data will be presented in the future following this original study. Additionally, analysis of various hair samples purportedly from Siberian Wildman are being tested in an effort to determine if relatedness exists between the Sasquatch and Russian Wildman.

Dr. Igor Burtsev,
Head of International Center of Hominology,
Moscow, Russia +7(916)812-6253

My assistant in the USA, Megan Wheeler:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NYS DEC states Bigfoots are Mythical

November 20th, 2012

New York State DEC Chief Wildlife Biologist states that Bigfoots are Mythical and do not exist anywhere in the World…

Peter Wiemer, of the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo, requested in a second letter dated October 26th, 2012 to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens to request better language from the DEC’s first response to Peter’s request in enacting a non-hunting regulation of Bigfoots in New York State.

In Peter’s first letter, dated July 29th, 2012, Mark Kandel, on the Commissioner’s behalf, replied on August 13th, “the DEC does not recognize the occurrence of Big Foot in the state, therefore it is not addressed directly in our hunting regulations. Because it is not addressed there is no open season on Big Foot and they may not be taken.” To clarify, since Bigfoots are not addressed directly in the NYS hunting regulations, they are not to be killed if seen or found, said Peter Wiemer.

Following the announcement of SpikeTV’s $10 million dollar bounty for proof of a Bigfoot and the beginning of big game hunting season in NYS, Mr. Wiemer believed it was reasonable to request again to Commissioner Joseph Martens to provide stronger wording to help protect Bigfoots from being harmed.

In Peter’s second request to the NYS DEC on October 26th via the Commissioner’s website, Peter urged to have stronger wording for those who do not fully understand the species’ rights if not listed. In the response dated November 6th, 2012 by Chief Wildlife Biologist, Gordon R. Batcheller, stated, “This mythical animal does not exist in nature or otherwise... However, the simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the World. I am sorry to disappoint you. However, no program or action in relation to mythical animals is warranted”.

The letter goes on to talk about how many species of naturally occurring wildlife New York State does have and how the DEC takes care of all of them. If there are people who believe they are out there and those who are witnesses to Bigfoot sightings in NYS, then why wouldn’t the DEC consider their feelings in regards to this species protection?

This is the question Peter Wiemer is trying to get answered. After he created the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo, he found himself to be a confidant for those who had seen a Bigfoot. “We have had nine eyewitnesses to date, of Bigfoot sightings in Chautauqua County come forward resolving themselves of the burden of knowing what they saw and were afraid of or not willing to tell because of fear of ridicule. All but one wished to remain anonymous”.

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, are large human like beings covered in hair and standing upwards of eight to ten feet tall. Steve Kulls, a Bigfoot researcher from the Adirondacks, NY reported at the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo on May 6th, 2012 and can be seen on video at their website, that the first documented sighting of a Bigfoot in the USA was in Sackets Harbor, NY in 1818. This, along with many other documented sightings in NYS over the years, including law enforcement, would seem to dispel the notion that Bigfoots are mythical.

The 2nd annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Weekend & Expo is planned for April 26th, 27th & 28th, 2013. More information along with pictures and videos can be found at the Expos website.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

So the Yeti DOES exist. Scientists say so

Click HERE to read the story...

The "Evidence" and "Lindsay" Blogs

Has anyone noticed a trend here? Think about it...

Lindsay puts out a blog that hints that the MABRC has a body of a bigfoot. People jump in on that. Then the Evidence blog follows up on that to spread the rumor further. Is anyone getting this yet? Well, let me spell it out for some of you...

Since the Bigfootery Enquirer likes to point out so many "wrongs" within the bigfoot community (things that they get wrong 100% of the time) now its my turn...but mine will be 100% correct...

What do both the "Lindsay" blog and "Evidence" blog do?

1) Cause arguments within the community.
2) Allow profane and mean spirited comments on their blogs and they do NOTHING about it (even though they have COMPLETE control over that).
3) They actually WANT the arguments because the more clicks they get, the more money they make.
4) They don't have to put out anything factual at all, because people will read anything and believe it.
5) They make a laughing stock at every researcher out there. Their articles are laughable at best.
6) They "friend" up with other groups to steal stories for their blogs and make money off of YOU! (Examples: Struefert with Coalition Page and Team Tazer to name a couple)
7) They think they DESERVE answers as if they are some type of authority DEMANDING proof.

Bottom line is this. Lindsay and Shawn, you both HAVE the ability to do BETTER research and make certain that your information is FACTUAL. You both have the COMPLETE CONTROL over your blogs to do away with the harsh comments and name calling tactics of the high school acting commentors on your blogs. You have no one to blame but yourselves. But, I have a feeling this will all fall on deaf ears because the money generated by your blogs is stronger than your desire to put out truth and fact.

And, by the way, this same info goes for some of the bigfoot group pages as well. They may not be making money, but they feel they gain some type of fame over their comments. And yes, I will name one in particular. The Coalition page run by Steven Streufert. That page is full of folks that have only one purpose in mind. To criticize and name call anyone and everyone in the research. How many times has Steven said he's stepping away from bigfoot? More times than the fingers on both of my hands! The only reason people want that page to remain open is because they know they can come there and say whatever they want and get away with it. Why? Because the director of the page JUST DOESN'T CARE! Steven, this field doesn't owe you NOTHING! Hopefully one day you will get that through your head! Just the same as it owes me NOTHING.

Has anyone ever heard of constructive critcism? There is absolutely nothing wrong with discussing a subject, disagreeing with each other and moving on. Instead, these blogs and pages resort to name calling and making up stories to hurt others. Clean up your Facebook pages and your blogs and make yourselves more respectable! Ok, done with the rant.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Song wrote by Walter Shrum and Jayme DeFilippo

Check out this new song and video.

Song wrote by Walter Shrum and Jayme DeFilippo
Sung by: Walter Shrum Playing all Instruments and back up vocals Jayme DeFilippo
Video Produced By: Harry Metz 
Actors: Al Morgan Harry Metz Jim Garrett Hunter Cole Rob colgan Bobby Bricker Paul Dunham Chalie Perkins thank you

Check it out here: Music Video

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bigfoot in National Convention Magazine

The 1st Annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo makes the news in the PCMA Convene, a National Convention Magazine.  The magazine is calling this event the first ever live-streamed Bigfoot convention in the US.

The article is on page 29 of the magazine and can be found at the link below.


Monday, August 20, 2012

'Sasquatch Watch' researcher keeps on looking


Our very good friend, Pete Wilson, makes the news up in Montana.  Way to go Pete!!!

To read the story, click the LINK below.


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Let’s get Bigfoot!

TV is filled with shows about monsters and aliens. Call them "Finding Gullible," but they fill a real, curious  

Read the rest of the story at the link below

Monday, August 06, 2012

Bigfoot Discovered in ‘The Lost Coast Tapes’ Trailer

XLrator Media recently found Bigfoot, acquiring North American rights to the horror/thriller The Lost Coast Tapes with plans for a fall release. The trailer has been discovered and put online as evidence.  Check out the rest of the story at the link below.

The Lost Coast Tapes

Friday, August 03, 2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

7-Year-Old Leaves Mark with Bigfoot in WV T-shirt

This is a nice, impressive story about a 7-yr old and how she started her own shirt business.  You can read the article by clicking the link below.

7-Year Old Leaves Mark

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

On The Lookout For Bigfoot

Sasquatch Watch of Virginia (SWVA) in the news again.  The Rural Virginian decided to do an article about the group.  You can read the article at the following link:

On The Look for Bigfoot

Monday, July 09, 2012

NEW REPORT, Washington County, VA

A new sighting report has came into Sasquatch Watch of Virginia from Washington County, VA.  Gary Brown, one of our southwest VA investigators is currently working with the witness and investigating the area.  

A major part of Washington County is in the Great Valley region of Virginia, where Abingdon, the County Seat, was established. To the north are the North Fork of the Holston River and the Clinch mountain range; to the south and east are River Knobs, the junction of the Middle Fork and the South Fork of the Holston River, and the mountain ranges known as the Holston and the Virginia Iron. The combination of springs and elevation provided waterpower, harnessed behind small dams for milling grains and for sawing lumber from the abundant stands of trees. Water powered electrification with direct current brought light and heat to some homes early in the 20th Century. Grayson, Smyth, and Washington Counties join at the top of the second highest mountain (5,520 feet) in Virginia formerly known as "Meadow", because of its prominent bald field. Winter snows in that open field have caused the change of its name to White Top Mountain.

Below are details of the sighting report:

Witness Name:

What State did the sighting/encounter occur in?

Nearest town to sighting/encounter

What county did sighting/encounter occur in?

Nearest road or highway
Just off lee highway about a mile

Date & Time of Sighting/Encounter
June 19 2012 - 8:30 am

Please explain your sighting/encounter in detail
We were traveling to summer camp in a van with the driver and a few other young teenagers. When we rounded a curve then we saw a very tall and big, dark brown bipedal creature standing beside an old house that had a water well pipe about 12 inches round and 5 to 6 feet tall about 20 feet from the door of the house. The creature was bent over with its hands on the pipe pulling on it or something. The creature was taller than the gutter hanging on the house which was about 9 feet off the ground. We were traveling about 25 mph, and got a good look at it. 

If you saw the creature, what did it look like? If you heard the creature, what did it sound like? If you found something, explain.
It was between 9 and 10 feet tall, Dark brown in color, and 3 to 4 feet wide and very big.

Were there any other witnesses?

If any updates become available, we will share them here and at the Sasquatch Watch of Virginia website.

Sci Fi's "Bigfoot"

Trying to play catch up folks!  I'm sure some folks tuned in to the SciFi channel to watch the movie called "Bigfoot".  All I could say was...WHAT!!!???

Probably one of the worst movies I've ever watched!  The actors were terrible and since when did Bigfoot resemble King Kong?  I had a hard time believing that this movie was even worth airing.  And who made the decision to air it?  Folks, if you haven't seen it, you are one of the lucky ones!  Don't waste your time.

For those interested, the following link sums it up pretty well.

Friday, July 06, 2012

A New Bigfoot Facebook Page

Sasquatch Watch of Virginia would like to congratulate Gary Brown on the development of his new Facebook page, the Southwestern Virginia Bigfoot Research and Investigation.  Here is the link to the site: As is stated on the front of his page, the group is dedicated to the investigation and research of Bigfoot sightings in southwestern Virginia.  Gary found it necessary to open the group due to the many sighting and encounter reports coming from the area.

Gary is also a member of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia and he had his own sighting last year in Chilhowie, VA.  I'm sure he will collect many reports in his area and I give him my support.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sasquatch Watch of Virginia's New Logo!

FINALLY!!!  The new Sasquatch Watch of Virginia logo is complete!

This logo has been long over due, but we are proud to announce that is has finally been approved and completed.

We will very soon be updating our Sasquatch Watch of Virginia Cafe Press Store to reflect the new logo. Please allow me a week or so to update the store.

I greatly appreciate the help of all our members, the input from each and everyone of you was very helpful in making the final decision.  NOW...let's get to work!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Coming Soon!

Well, the new logo for Sasquatch Watch of Virginia has been selected.  The artwork designers are currently putting the finishing touches on it.  I personally have longed for a permanent logo for the group and am very excited with the logo that was chosen.

The designers have told me that the logo should be complete and ready to publish within a couple of days.  Once we have the final product, our Sasquatch Watch of Virginia Cafe Press Store will be updated with the new logo so it will be available on our merchandise.

I want to personally thank all of the official members of the group who jumped in and helped me make this decision quickly.  All of your input was greatly appreciated and everyone had great ideas!  Sasquatch Watch of Virginia would not be the group it is today without each and everyone of you!  THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Logo Coming Soon!

For years, Sasquatch Watch of Virginia has been trying to find that "trademark logo" for the group.  We have went through a few different designs but have never been completely satisfied.

As of last week, Sasquatch Watch of Virginia has hired a professional artwork company to redesign a brand new logo for the group.  We are very excited about it and are currently being sent design ideas for our official research members and investigators to vote on.

Within the coming week or so, the newly designed logo will become the official logo for the group.

We will post the new logo up for everyone to see once a decision is made. Thanks so much to everyone who have supported us through the years.  The best is still to come!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Introducing "Sasquatch Watch of Montana"!

Sasquatch Watch of Virginia is pleased to announce our expansion!

Pete Wilson is now director of "Sasquatch Watch of Montana"!!!  Congratulations to Pete and his recent relocation to the great state of Montana.

A new website has been developed for Pete to collect sighting and encounter information from folks who have had sightings or encounters with this mysterious being in Montana.  We hope Pete the best in his new location and hope that he finds evidence of our hairy friend in the state of Montana.  GOOD LUCK PETE!!!

Here is a link to the new website, please be patient as it is still under construction.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Creature Weekend 2012

Some would like you to believe that the 2012 Creature Weekend in Salt Fork State Park in Ohio wasn't a success, especially a certain blog which will not be mentioned on this blog.  The blog even mentions whether or not the event can endure.  WELL, IT CAN!  There will be a Creature Weekend 2013 next May 2013 at Salt Fork!

The one thing I find so amusing from certain blogs are how they always ASSUME that money is the reason for a conference.  They are not capable of realizing that sometimes a conference is put on just for the pure enjoyment of doing it.  Why?  Because they are in the business of writing a blog to complain and whimper...PLAIN AND SIMPLE!  Yes, some of us actually ENJOY being at a conference to simply catch up with one another and to enjoy each others company.  I know that's hard for some to understand, you first have to have friends to understand that.

This unnamed blog even goes on to add that the conference stunk.  Funny thing is, every person I spoke to told me how the conference was a breath of fresh air.  They liked the new layout, they liked the different activities and they liked the fact that there wasn't TOO MANY speakers.  No one want's to sit in a conference and listen to speakers all day long.  You have to mix it up a little and that is exactly what the organizer did!

It has been said that the place looked empty.  I have been to many past conferences at Salt Fork and most of the time people were out wandering outside the conference room in the hallway.  In the case of Creature Weekend, people were glued to the speakers presentations in the conference room, that's where everyone was instead of wandering the halls.

The unnamed blog says the organizer must admit to failure.  THERE WAS NO FAILURE!  Creature Weekend 2012 was a huge success!

Now let's discuss something really funny in my opinion.  The unnamed blog says that the only problem they had was the question of why there was a secrecy about the organizer of the event when it was being run by known personalities.  Now, this is the same folks that won't tell you who they are and yet they write a blog criticizing others.  In addition, they won't even allow folks to respond to their false accusations.  On top of that, the folks commenting (which I believe are the same folks that write the blog because they like to talk to themselves) use fake names, and boy to they come up with some good ones!  Well, here is a NEWSFLASH (because I know they are reading this).  If you really felt the need to find out who was organizing the event, why not pick up the telephone (you know, that thing with the numbered buttons on it and you can hear people on the other end talking back to you) and ask the Salt Fork Lodge who is putting on the event.  Guess what?  They would tell you.'s ok, I know that requires too much work and research so I apologize. LOL!!!

Anyway, sorry for the rant.  I needed to have a little fun today.

In all seriousness, we would like to thank everyone for attending the 2012 Creature Weekend!  Special thanks go out to the organizer, all the volunteers and all those in attendance that made it successful!  Also, a big thank you to Lee Murphy and Sali Sheppard-Wolford who both provided autographed copies of their books for the conference!  That was GREATLY appreciated!

We look forward to another successful Creature Weekend in 2013!  Stay tuned to this blog for future announcements of events!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Case to Search For Bigfoot

Thought I would share an article today from the "Ghost Theory" website.  Click the link to view the story.
Ghost Theory Article

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Mini-Expedition May 11-13, 2012

On May 11-13, 2012, Sasquatch Watch of Virginia had a small, weekend expedition on some private property located near Central Virginia.  A small group of folks from the group spent an enjoyable time in the field doing what we enjoy, research and association with one another.

During the daytime, investigators broke up into two groups to check out different areas of the property.  The footprint seen on the left was found by Gary, one of our newest investigators.  This footprint was found in an area that surrounds a large swamp on higher ground.  The other group had found strange stick formations in the woods, some were ruled out as weather related, some were wrote up as unknown.

One things for sure, this year there seems to be a lot of snakes.  This black snake was found not far from the area of the footprint that was found by Gary.  This was the second snake to be seen during the weekend.  The first snake was found by Brandon on another part of the property as seen in the photo below.
Just so everyone knows, these expeditions are not just all about the research.  We all enjoy getting together to associate and just have a good time.  After all, isn't that what life's about?  These expeditions help everyone to get to know each other better.  Call me a simple person, but the best part of the expeditions are having my loving, beautiful wife sitting right next to me and sitting down around the campfire and sharing stories.  Do we have to be serious all the time?  Of course not!  But, it's usually times like this when most sightings occur.

Late one evening, a group of us went out walking the trails at night.  One of the researchers, Tom, was listening through his parabolic and heard several sounds in the woods.  Most could be passed off as regular wildlife.  But there were a few instances where he heard what sounded like bipedal footsteps.  As Tom was listening close on one of those occasions, Gary heard what sounded like a whistle coming from the opposite side of the trail from the sounds being heard.  I was scanning the woods with a Flir Thermal Imager.  When I directed the Flir to the direction of the whistle, the images to the left are what we saw.

Both Gary and myself watched this thermal image (yellow near the center of the screen) sway back and forth from behind a tree.  What is it?  We don't know.  One of the first things I noticed after uploading the image is the temperature range on the Flir.  The highest temperature on the screen is 55 degrees F.  In my opinion, if the image was a living, breathing animal; the temperature should be much higher.  Probably more like in the 90 degrees+ range.  So, what are we seeing here?  I simply do not know.  All we know is that the figure was swaying back and forth from behind a tree.  We know that Gary heard a whistle from this direction.  And we know it wasn't stationary, because when we had Brandon toss a rock into the general direction, this image went away.

On the last day, as I was collecting the trail cameras, I ran across this tree break.  I did not notice this tree break the day before when I installed the trail cameras.  So as always, we end up with more questions than answers.

Some strange lights were seen in the sky late one evening as well.  Again, more questions than answers.

But, we keep on going!  I know I'm not much of a writer folks, but I try.  Hope you enjoy the blog.  There will be more to come soon!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Time to Wake Up This Blog!

I think its long overdue for Sasquatch Watch of Virginia to wake up this blog!  We will start posting news articles about our hairy friends, news about certain aspects of research and may occasionally respond to certain other blogs since some blogs like to censor certain folks from responding to their non-factual information.  So, stay tuned!  Oh, and by the way, we will soon have an announcement as Sasquatch Watch of Virginia is preparing for a little expansion.  More to come soon!