Nov, 26, 2012Reference Species
There is an excellent article entitled Reference Species in this months’ issue of Bird Watchers Digest – Vol.35 No.2, November-December 2012.
The concept discussed is to learn about a common bird species in order to distinguish other non-common birds from that species. Although the author is speaking particularly about visual cues the same concept can be applied to sounds.
As a nature recordist I have always had a great interest in all animal sounds, whether birds, mammals or insects. Our world is filled with sounds and we as humans listen and sort out these sounds into what we believe they are although many times we can not see the sound maker.
Barred Owl resting in the daytime in one of our large trees in the backyard.
But how do we know these sounds? Well for one thing most species have been seen and videotaped while making these sounds. There are many bird CD collections of bird sounds and on-line collections.
How does all this relate to bigfoot / sasquatch research? It has long been suspicioned that sasquatch are accomplished mimics. The two most common animal sounds pointed to as really being sasquatch vocalizations are coyotes and Barred Owls. So my advice is to listen to as many sound files as possible of both these species. The more one becomes acquainted to the wide array of sounds that both coyotes and owls make the better one becomes at distinguishing between their vocalizations and sasquatch.
There are many good web-sites that have animal recordings or you can check out two collections that I have put together.
Many researchers have never heard a Barred Owl scream and when presented with hearing one in the dark in the woods are convinced they have had an encounter.
Click here to listen to the sound clip of a Barred Owl scream. Barred Owl scream