Book Review: A Field Guide To Sasquatch Structures, The 50 Most Common Types In North American Forests…

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As always, I hope all is well with all of you…

I recently came across an interesting book entitled A Field Guide To Sasquatch Structures, The 50 Most Common Types In North American Forests by Christopher Noel and illustrated by Zoe Christiansen.  (Copyright, 2016, $11.99 via amazon.com, ISBN: 9781539592136.)

This book is unique and it offers something for everyone.  New researchers or people just interested in an explanation of something they have seen in the forest will definitely benefit from the information presented.  Seasoned researchers will find this book as a valuable reference to help with field investigations.

Field Guide To Sasquatch Structures

Image via http://www.amazon.com, 2018

The bulk of this book is laid out with a brief description on the left pages and an  illustration of the structure on the right pages.  Every few pages, Mr. Noel has added a few of his observations and helpful notes.  For example, Noel discusses the possibility of Sasquatch purposely hiding trail cameras that are aimed at existing structures almost as if seeking privacy as well as the possibility of bark being part of the Sasquatch diet when observing bare sticks strewn about a nest site.

The good:  There is an appropriate amount of detail in the illustrations.  I found this to be a good trait because the use of a photograph to show a particular structure can be misleading.  Yes, I realize that sounds like backward thinking because everyone would agree that a photograph of an actual structure would be far superior to a drawing.  However, since each structure can vary by numerous elements, it’s easy for people to begin to misidentify what they are encountering.  For example, people will begin to argue that they found a t-pee structure, while others will argue that they are incorrect because the structure lacks certain elements that are clearly seen in a photograph.

The bad:  My only criticism of this book is that it lacks a table of contents and an index.  The types of structures seem to be organized according to type such as tree snaps, t-pee structures, nests, weavings and a handful of other types.  But a researcher using this as a reference needs a table of contents or an index giving the page numbers where the information could be found.  I intend to create my own page tabs in order to make my use easier.

In all, it’s a good book and if you read it, you’ll find yourself saying, “Ha, I have seen that before” or “So that’s what that was on the side of the trail.”  Sasquatch Tracker recommends this one!

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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Winter Notes…

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 As always, I hope all is well with each of you…

Winter is always a slow time for Sasquatch Tracker.  That’s just the way it is.  There is a definite seasonality to this business for me. Winter months are spent sorting through unfinished investigations and conducting follow up interviews.  I also spend time scouting areas for possible research and work on improving evidence collection.

 This spring I will be using a drone equipped with a camera for environmental assessments and I hope to have some interesting photos to share with all of you.  While other researchers having been employing drones since they came out for public use, this is new to me.  Old dogs can learn new tricks if old dogs apply themselves.  I better begin applying as soon as the spring temperatures arrive and the snow begins to melt…   

 About a week ago, I was contacted by a truck driver who has had two separate sightings along the Seward Highway in the Summit Lake area (N 60.626684 X W 149.514170) a few miles before the junction with the Sterling Highway (N 60.534004 X W 149.555125) going to Cooper Landing.  It’s been a few years since I have been in that area, but I do remember that the terrain was indicative of supporting Sasquatch.  Further investigation is pending…

Godspeed loyal readers…

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Dr. John Bindernagel, 1941-2018

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I have some sad news today…

Dr. John Bindernagel passed away on the night of the 17th after battling cancer for almost two years.  

Bindernagel was a well-known wildlife biologist and the author of North America’s Great Ape: the Sasquatch and The Discovery of the Sasquatch.  Bindernagel was devoted and had studied and pursued evidence of Sasquatch since 1963.

I didn’t have any direct contact with him, our paths just never crossed, but other researchers who had worked with him had nothing but good things to say about him.  He was known to be kind-hearted and patient.

Bindernagel believed that Bigfoot was not given the seriousness it deserved.  He believed the way that Bigfoot was portrayed in the media dismissed the actual knowledge serious researchers had collected.  I think we can all relate to that. 

John Bindernagel

Dr. John Bindernagel, 1941-2018. (Image from http://www.sasquatchbiologist.org/, Online, (accessed: 19JAN2018) 

He was a tremendous asset to all of us and he will be missed.  Rest in peace, Mr. Bindernagel.

Godspeed loyal readers…

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2018…

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Happy New Year to all!

I wish everyone all the best in 2018.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  Without loyal readers like you, I would be just another guy mumbling to myself…

Stay tuned…  Godspeed, loyal readers…

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“Squatch” Claus visits Sasquatch Tracker…

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As always, I hope all of you are doing fine and I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.

“Squatch” Claus paid me a visit and I am now the proud owner of a Sasquatch Nutcracker.  Yes, you read it correctly, a Sasquatch Nutcracker…  I never knew these things even existed.  A special thanks goes out to my two nieces, sister-in-law and brother in Colorado!

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My brother and his family are big fans of the movie, “A Christmas Story”.  You know, the movie where little Ralphie Parker obsesses about getting a “Red Rider” BB gun and everyone warns him, “you’ll shoot your eye out”.    If you are familiar with it, then you will remember the scene where Ralpie’s father is carefully unpacking the “sexy leg lamp” he was awarded for on the job performance.  You’ll recall that it was “a very important award” and Ralpie’s father believes it is imported from Italy because he reads FRAGILE as “Frag`ile” as if it was some Italian word meaning great or grand… Well, I received a package marked  “Frag`ile” and “Major Award”…  I carefully opened it expecting to find a replica “sexy leg lamp”   of my own and was pleasantly surprised to find this:

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Laugh if you wish, but “it’s a major award” for me to be receiving from my family in Colorado.   Thanks B, K, V and V!!!

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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TOK-A-TAN Bazaar and Thanksgiving!

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As always, I hope all is well with all of you.

The 2017 Tok – A – Tan Holiday Bazaar was successful!  Thanks to everyone for a successful day and thanks for purchasing the survival merchandise my family makes and sells!

Congratulations to WW of Tok, AK!  WW won the 1963 Laird Meadows, CA replica track casting.  There is quite a bit of history surrounding that casting.  I hope that you and your family will enjoy it for years to come.

You won’t win if you don’t enter.  That is true of kids’ coloring contests as well.  No winners this year because nobody returned a completed page…

So on to Thanksgiving…  I know the subject of politics is going to come up while friends and family gather around the table.  Everyone has a friend or family member with an opposing view, so just be nice to each other.  Yep, fake it if you have to…  I suggest avoiding Clinton and Trump arguments by discussing Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yetis.

So what is Sasquatch Tracker thankful for?  I’m grateful for all of you.  You guys are the ones who make this blog a success!  I would be just another dude mumbling to myself without you as an audience.  Thanks Sasquatch Fans!  I wish every one of you a safe and happy holiday!

I have said this before, but it is worth repeating; I recommend boycotting Black Friday again.  Wouldn’t it be nicer to spend the day in the woods hiking or skiing instead of risking being assaulted over some mind numbing video game or some crummy foreign made wireless gizmo that will probably cause cancer?  Avoid the fight and pack some turkey based leftovers in a pack and go have a picnic…

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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TOK – A – TAN Bazaar…

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As always, I hope all  is well with all of you…

I will be attending the Tok-A-Tan Holiday Bazaar this Saturday and holding informal discussions for as long as you can stand to listen…

TOK A TAN BAZAAR 2017

Be sure to stop by the table and enter for your chance to win a Sasquatch Track casting!  I’ll be drawing the name of one lucky winner in the afternoon!

I hope see to all of you there! 

 

Godspeed, loyal readers….

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P/G Film 50th Anniversary T-Shirt!

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Join Sasquatch Tracker in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Patterson – Gimlin filming of a female Sasquatch that took place at Bluff Creek by purchasing one of these cool t-shirts!  If you have a body under your head, this shirt is going to look great on you!

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Click on the picture, you know you want to! 

 

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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Afternoon Tree Knocking…

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As always, I hope all is well with each of you…

I have another encounter to share today:

2017 / 03 / B – Northway, AK

Men have afternoon tree knocking encounter.  During the afternoon of 28SEP2017, two men were grouse hunting and evaluating a local trail system around 4 PM for possible trapping this winter.  The men hiked approximately 10 minutes before coming to a hub in the trail and decided to scout the center trail.  After 5 minutes of hiking the center trail, the men stopped to discuss various ermine, fox and wolf signs.  As the men began to speak to each other, both of them heard a “thumping noise like a stick striking a tree”.  The older of the two men picked up a stick and “knocked” back.  The man’s response was immediately answered with rhythmic knocking sounds.  The knocks were in groups of three and four and were evenly spaced as if deliberate.  The older man continued to knock with continued response for an estimate three minutes.  Both men had the feeling of “being stalked or watched” and becoming increasingly uneasy, departed the area.

Investigative Notes: The immediate area is very thick boreal forest with sphagnum moss ground covering. Visibility was approximately 10 yards and the men estimated the source of the knocking was within 50 to 60 yards of them.  Both men are accomplished hunters and quickly ruled out bear jaw popping and grouse wing beating sounds.  This incident occurred within 0.75 mile of a tree knocking encounter that took place in 2008.  Sasquatch Tracker, 2017.

Godspeed, loyal readers…

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