PictureFinding Bigfoot Crew
A festival at Veteran's Park in Willow Creek is being hosted by Animal Planet's hit TV Series "Finding Bigfoot" in cooperation with the Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce on April 29th. This event is open to the public and free.

The "Finding Bigfoot" cast -- Cliff Barackman, James "Bobo" Fay, Matt Moneymaker and Ranae Holland -- will be in attendance as will special guest Bob Gimlin from the Patterson-Gimlin Film (PGF) fame. The group will speak with guests and review the PGF footage in the VFW Hall adjacent to the festival and discuss the historical film that made Willow Creek the "Bigfoot Capital of the World."

Bigfoot enthusiasts and locals are expected to flock to this one-time-only event, which is modeled after the town's annual Bigfoot Daze event in the fall. Complete with parade launching from the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, which holds the largest collection of Bigfoot artifacts in the world, the festival will migrate to Veteran's Park and the VFW where festivities include local vendor booths, a massive Kids Zone, live entertainment from local original artists, food, beer, cider, and more food!

Whether you love the show, or hate the show, these four folks helped shape and mold a subculture, attracting new people to the phenomenon, while inspiring thousands across the world to pic up a book, read on line, or venture outdoors to create an entirely new generation of Sasquatch Enthusiasts.    Over the course of a decade Finding Bigfoot has traveled the world 5x over, and inspired many others to follow - Congratulations to Matt, Cliff, Ranae and our dearly beloved James "Bobo" Fay - We will miss you!

Sasquatch Syndicate will be in Willow Creek on 4/29 if you see the guys, please stop and say hello!

PictureField of Dreams Portal Depiction
In a recent episode, Chuck and Paul were joined by Samantha Ellen Ritchie.

Samantha is the author of Sasquatch: Journey Through The Veil, she is an empath, and true champion of the human spirit and the soul.    So buckle up as we cross over this Easter Weekend.

Many have asked for the links to the videos and portal images Samantha describes - 

Samantha's videos and blog can be found below:

POCATELLO – Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, will make two presentations at the National Oregon/California Trail Center in historic Montpelier the evenings of April 14 and 15 - Montpelier, ID.

On Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Meldrum’s first presentation is titled, “Sasquatch and Other Wildmen: the Search for Relict Hominoids,” in which he discusses the shifting attitude of science towards the prospects of cryptic man-like species, such as sasquatch, yeti, orang pendek, surviving into the present alongside humans in various remote corners of the globe. Author of the book, “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” Meldrum will hold a book signing beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the center.

On Saturday, April 15, his second presentation is titled, “50 Years of the Patterson-Gimlin Film.” The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this most compelling and controversial film footage depicting what alleges to be a Bigfoot in northern California. Novel methods of analysis and contemporary scientific perspectives shed new light on the credibility of this now iconic film. Meldrum will discuss his findings and their implications. He will be available from 1 to 7 p.m. for questions and book signing prior to the presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Admission for each event is $10. For additional information contact the Center at 208-847-3800.

POTLACH, Idaho — A 50-year-old Idaho woman claimed a Sasquatch Crossing the Road to chase a deer caused her to crash her vehicle on Highway 95 earlier this week.

According to a report from PullmanRadio.com, a tensed woman told the Latah County Sheriff's Office that she was driving on Highway 95 Wednesday night when she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway.

When she looked in her mirror, the article states, she ended up crashing into one of the deer.

She says the Sasquatch was about seven to eight feet tall.

A deputy with the Latah County Sheriff's office responded to the scene, but didn't find any evidence of a giant hairy beast.

Most Sasquatch encounters (Not all) occur in the dusk until dawn hours, and in many cases eye-witnesses report eye-shine.     Tonight discussion will be focused around Primates and the Tapetum Lucidum.

The tapetum lucidum is a layer of tissue in the eye of many vertebrates. Lying immediately behind the retina, it reflects visible light back through the retina, increasing the light available to the photoreceptors, 
though blurring the initial image of the light on focus. 

The tapetum lucidum contributes to the superior night vision of some animals.   Many of these animals are nocturnal, carnivores, or sub-terranian species and even deep sea ocean mammals.

Most primates, including humans however, lack a tapetum lucidum, as primates traded this ability long ago in the evolutionary path to gather and forage for berries and vegetation.

PictureSenegal Bushbaby - Expanded Tapetum Lucidum
Have you ever seen reflection of camera flash from the tapetum lucidum? 

Eyeshine is a visible effect of the tapetum lucidum. When light shines into the eye of an animal having a tapetum lucidum, the pupil appears to glow.    Eyeshine can be seen in many animals, in nature and in flash photographs. In low light, a hand-held flashlight is sufficient to produce eyeshine that is highly visible to humans (despite our inferior night vision);  this technique, spotlighting, is used by naturalists and hunters to search for animals at night. 

Ok, so, what are we questioning you say?    Why would Sasquatch have a large tapetum lucidum?   Primates again have traded that along the evolutionary path to forage and it's been well documented.

Primates are also known to not see well at night, however Sasquatch reports flourish in the night.

Unless that is Sasquatch is not primate........

While this leads to many different theories the persistent trait of eye-shine is one to question, if Sasquatch is indeed a primate?   How would that be possible.

Another question to ponder, is it possible Sasquatch is subterranean?  

And if Sasquatch is a primate and has an evolved tapetum lucidum perhaps as it evolved, it adapted to life underground to avoid detection, as humans encroached on its territories and potentially turned it into an earth dweller by day v.s. a forager by day.

Would that explain the lack of finding them in the day time?   Do they live beneath the earth in caves, or under trees?

What say ye?   Stay tuned to upcoming episodes.

Your comments welcome

PictureDr. Jeff Meldrum - Preparing his 3D Printed Skeleton
Many of you have may have seen the History Channel Special "Bigfoot Captured" - during this episode Dr. Jeff Meldrum works on bringing hypothetical concepts to life and create a 3D Printed Skeleton frame of what a Sasquatch could possibly look like.

While we won't share all the details from this month's interview, for those that were unaware of this undertaking we will get into more detail during the March episode.

So stay tuned and look forward to more details about this project.      Original video linked below:

PictureThe Protector
Does Sasquatch Manifest it self from Trees or does the forest Summon Sasquatch to heal and defend from the dangers of man?  Many believe Sasquatch is seen only as a physical being when there here on earth, or present in this dimension.    
So where are they when they aren't here?   Are trees inhabited by these Mythical Deities and does this explain tree knocking, and trees coming down in the woods when humans approach?

It turns out there are all kinds of information out there on "tree spirits". It is believed that spirits and ghosts use trees as a dwelling place when visiting the earth. This theory goes way back to the Old Testament where there are references to "sacred groves". The early Celts, Romans and Egyptians all believed in tree spirits. 

Even the Egyptians believed that it was deities who occupied their trees. In India, shrines have actually been built under trees to gain the favor of a revered spirit. The Celts believe that all trees have spirits. 

Do spirits Manifest in trees?    

Do Trees have spirits? Judge for yourself - The Yew Tree
The yew tree has been revered by mankind throughout the ages. This is a rather sturdy and resilient tree that has a unique way of growing new trunks from within the original root bole. Some of the English yews have been estimated to have been around 4,000 years old. Because of this, the yew is associated with immortality, regeneration, and rebirth.

The yew is also highly poisonous in all parts except for the fleshy part of the berries. So, throughout the ages, it has also been associated with death.  Over the centuries in Europe, it was commonly planted around or in cemeteries, partly to represent eternal life, and partly to keep the dead in their graves. To this day, yew is used in magical working involving protection, especially against spirits of the dead, and exorcisms.  The Yew is also said to wain in the night when it becomes agitated by forces around it.   Do other trees also exhibit this same behavior?   And what does the call of the these trees sound like?   
PictureThe Tree of Souls
Through the ages and in all corners of the globe, people have looked to trees to make sense of our lives, honoring their transcendental qualities in a variety of ways. How has our interconnectedness with trees manifested itself? 

There is a wonderful book called “Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees” — of how trees meet our needs at every level of human experience.

Our strong connections with trees may be based, in part, on the fact that trees and humans share similar physical characteristics.    But what if there is more to trees than meets the eye?

PictureThe Warning
If Someone was encroaching, destroying and trampling your world and your habitat?   Would you throw rocks also?  It's an interesting possibility

So if Sasquatch is connected to the Natural World in a level that even we don't understand - what recourse does it have?

Does Sasquatch manifest from a tree spirit?  Does it occupy the wonderment of the forest in spiritual yet physical presence when it needs to defend it's environment from harm?  Does this explain the wailing, the cries in the night? 

The decorated tree stumps and almost indicating it is mourning the loss of it's surroundings?    

Do trees understand their connection to humans as a life giver of oxygen and the symbiotic relationship to humans - and defend deforestation?       Why would humans destroy it's life giving friend?      And is Sasquatch summoned to defend and scare away it's worldly inhabitants (Us humans) without harm?    

Does Sasquatch heal the forest in the night?   Even humans look to trees for healing — not only in the medicinal sense, but for spiritual healing, comfort and solace. We thus find trees in therapeutic gardens and cemeteries and understand why some individuals request having their ashes buried at the foot of a tree or scattered in a beloved forest.

Is the forest and trees much more powerful than we can ever understand?   Is Sasquatch is the defender and protector of the natural world?   Submit your thoughts?   Some of the best will be read on an upcoming show.

Citizen Science Day

One of the more important aspects of Sasquatch Research is learning how best to prepare yourself so that when you are confronted with evidence, you avoid making the mistakes of most novices.

While it is no Surprise Dr. John Bindernagel will be on this months episode in February, we have some special surprises for you this spring and will be joined by some of the leading academia and scientific community to speak to data research and specimen collection.     

We will conclude this series by mid April but for those that are really interested in upping your game, prepare for our Sping Lineup - as Sasquatch Syndicate will take you deeper than ever before on this topic - and for those interested in Citizen Science Day - some more information is located below:

PictureCitizen Science Day
What is Citizen Science Day?

The Citizen Science Association, with support from SciStarter, is pleased to promote – and inspire sites to host – events in celebration of Citizen Science Day.

A major celebration will be held on April 16th, 2016 in conjunction with the USA National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. This will kick off a series of citizen science “open houses” and activities to be locally organized by science centers, museums, libraries, universities and schools, and federal agencies around the US and likely beyond. Activities will extend through the 2016 US National Parks Bioblitz, May 20-21.

PictureDr. Bindernagel
The Journey Continues

The Ape Hypothesis : This February on Sasquatch Syndicate we will be meeting with Dr. John Bindernagel. Dr. John Bindernagel, has spent decades researching the Sasquatch mystery in British Columbia, Canada.   Dr. Bindernagel has been on the case of Sasquatch for decades and still continues his research to this day.    

"I am now satisfied with the available evidence for the existence of the Sasquatch in North America.   My view is that not only do we have sufficient evidence to treat the Sasquatch as an extant North American mammal, but that we already know a great deal about its anatomy, behavior and ecology.”   - Dr. Bindernagel

While many of those out there may say I have heard what he has to say, just remember on TV you only get snippets of dialogue and very little time to unravel the mystery.    So pick up the book, you will be surprised the knowledge you will find just waiting for you on the Ape Hypothesis.  

PictureDr. Bindernagel
North America's Great Ape:  The Sasquatch
By: Dr. John Bindernagel

A wildlife biologist looks at the continent's most misunderstood large mammal.

Drawing primarily from historical collections of witness testimony, field research, related artifacts, and his own formal training in ecology, his insights are summarized in North America's Great Ape: The Sasquatch.   

Once the species is conclusively documented and better understood, the hypothetical model of Sasquatch ecology developed by this professional wildlife biologist will probably turn out to be largely accurate.

Representatives of scientific and professional communities attest to the influence of his ground breaking work as it helped them develop a rational, scientifically founded,  perspective of the likely social structure, diet, behavior, and general ecology of North America's native ape population. 

Dr. Bindernagel's landmark title book, can be ordered directly from our site or from the publisher using the information available on Dr. Bindernagel's web site.  

PictureIlya Ivanovich Ivanov
Is it possible that Sasquatch isn't an Ape, or a Relic Hominid and it's a lab experiment gone wrong?   Sure we have all heard this before but how is that even possible?  Has it really ever been attempted?   Let's sample a little of the history of lab and DNA experiments that lend some credence to this possibility and how it could be possible to create such a creature.

First let's assume for the sake of argument that Sasquatch is a hybrid, a cross breed between a Tall Human Mother of with a history of Taller Genetics running through their family, and let's also assume that the Mother was bred with a Chimpanzee or a Mountain Gorilla.   We first have to ask ourselves, has this even ever been tried?  Well sadly the answer is YES- 

Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was a gifted scientist, a dedicated conservationist, and a practical, grounded man who expanded everyone's understanding of animal husbandry. He also, for years, tried to make human-ape hybrids.  

The post-revolution USSR was a nation that wanted to wholly embrace new technology and progressive science while reinforcing traditional nationalistic pride. It's no wonder that Ilya Ivanovic Ivanov fit right in. He was a biologist who wanted to split his talents evenly between innovation and preservation.  Ivanov got a lot of Soviet and international support because he'd been doing useful work for well over a decade when the revolutions came. In 1901, he'd set up a zoological station that examined exactly how animals, especially farm animals, reproduced. It's true that people had gotten the mechanics of the act down, but Ivanov studied the many hormones, processes, and secretions that went along with sex in order to see what exactly was necessary for conception. When he determined that all anyone really needed was a sperm and an egg, he found ways to extract, disinfect, and store animal semen. This might seem like a small thing, but much of the farming industry now runs using artificial insemination. Even during Ivanov's lifetime, millions of animals were selectively bred using these techniques.

Ivanov wasn't just breeding farm animals. Ivanov used selective breeding and artificial insemination as techniques to preserve endangered species, such as the wisent - a kind of bison - and a local subspecies of horse. So when he did an occasional loony thing, like cross-species breeding solely to see what the results would be, he wasn't criticized. People just noted that zebras, donkeys, and horses could all interbreed. When, in 1910, at the World Congress of Zoologists, Ivanov described the idea of using artificial insemination to create human-chimpanzee hybrids to an auditorium full of what must have been some very uncomfortable scientists, some people actually were supportive.    However before he could start his research human rights activists stepped in and shut him down, but that doesn't mean he didn't get started.

Fortunately due to human ethics Ivanov was never successful, but what if in some lab somewhere someone did pull it off?  I mean honestly there have been many hybrid creatures, far more uncommon from a DNA perspective cross bred than that of a human and a chimp.    We know it isn't a stretch to hypothesize and fast forward a half a century, and certainly humans are far more advanced in DNA Studies, Cloning, genetic manipulation to complete such an experiment somewhere in the world.   But assuming we could create a Man Ape, or She Ape, how would one, manipulate the size manipulation of the muscle mass of Sasquatch?

The Myostatin Inhibitor

Myostatin is a protein that prevents your muscles from growing too large.  However Myostatin Inhibitors have been created.   Researchers have shown that if the myostatin gene doesn’t work, then no myostatin protein gets produced, and your muscles grow twice as large.  

So labs have produced Myostatin Inhibitor, but what if this isn't a new discovery.

It was imagined that this could be used to create a gene therapy for people whose muscle tissue was atrophying from disease, or for expanding and creating larger food sources.

It could even become a choice in creating designer babies that could be stronger and faster than any known humans today, making the Olympics and other athletic contests more a measure of how well you designed your child’s genes than how hard you trained.   Or it could be used to create an army of super soldiers, what if you applied this Myostatin Inhibitor to a hybrid experiment of an Ape/Human?  It's interesting to wonder, but is it possible with today's science?  To create such a creature?  and what if one did get loose from the lab, or was field tested and was smart enough to escape?  

Interesting to think about - Please submit your thoughts below on the Hybrid Theory.