Facebook – Odd Sound

I recorded this odd sound in Southern Illinois on the 29th of July 2014. The long term continuous recorder was 15 feet up in a deer stand. The sound was recorded about 2 a.m. Immediately, after the sound the homeowners dogs started barking. (click on photo to play audio clip) Facebook – Like Comment Share August […]

Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.5

Last evening (August 24, 2014) my wife and I were watching TV. We have large windows facing west with a large screen TV on the wall in between the two windows. We have Venetian blinds on both windows, I keep mine closed at night so that ‘visitors’ outside can approach without the fear of being […]

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At 3 a.m. my dog Belle started barking. I recorded this voice after one of her barks. It was coming from the ridge north of my house at a distance of about 80 yards. It was so soft and the katydids are so loud that unless you use headphones you will not be able to […]

Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.4

The rabbit showed up again this morning, right outside my front door on the lawn. I had moved it earlier and put it under my burn pile and at the bottom of a cement block bunker. But obviously it had been removed. It was very decayed, not something my dog Belle would have been able […]

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First stop, evening 3rd August 2014. Chris Mason and myself stopped at a known sighting location. It was just getting dark. About 15 minutes later we heard this child-like sound coming from deep woods about 40 yards west of us. Getting a decent recording is difficult with the loud din of the katydids. (click on […]

Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.3

Yesterday when my wife went to the back of the house to turn off the water she noticed this very unusual quartz geode. The quartz measured 4″ X 6″. She then glanced up and noticed a 3″ x 3″ hole punched out of our new siding. I showed the rock to my neighbor this morning, […]

Barclay Library – Presentation

I am going to be a guest speaker at the Barclay Public Library in Warrensburg, Illinois, Saturday, July 26th, 2014. ( near Decatur, Illinois ) “Bigfoot In Illinois” Saturday July 26th, 2014 10:30 AM Public Invited Barclay Public Library 220 E Main St. Warrensburg, IL 62573 (near Decatur)     [Click for larger image]

Illinois Episode – Finding Bigfoot

The long awaited Illinois episode of Finding Bigfoot will air this coming Sunday evening, 24th March 2013, 10 pm Eastern. Bigfoot the Friendly Ghost The team travels to Illinois to meet a man who claims to have recorded bigfoot howls in his backyard. Several witnesses share their sightings of these creatures in some unusual locations, including a graveyard.  […]

Black Panthers and Tawny Cougars in Illinois

(Photo courtesy Valerie Abbott) Illinois has three confirmed cougar kills in recent years: 15th July 2000: Male cougar killed by a train in Randolph County. Big Cat Comeback? 4th December 2004: Male cougar found by a bow hunter in New Boston (Mercer County). Mercer County Cougar The Mercer County Cougar 14th March 2008: Male cougar shot and killed in […]

Big Bad Wolf is a Wildman

With the opening of the new movie Red Riding Hood (2011), it got me to thinking whether there is any connection between the Big Bad Wolf and the old “hairy wildman” myths of Europe. Now I am not a folklorist nor am I knowledgeable about old European myths. I honestly only feel comfortable speaking about […]