The past couple of weeks we have been putting together more videos, doing some preliminary filming for a production company, and of course taking reports and conducting research and investigations.
Southeast Michigan is again having an increase in activity, and we are seeing some patterns to some of these accounts that are going to be helpful with future research.
We have collected two samples recently that will take some time to get back since DNA extraction, etc. can be a very lengthy process. But we'll have to be patient.
Patience is something that is foundational and absolutely necessary when doing this type of fieldwork.
It can take weeks, months, or YEARS to track and gather evidence on elusive creatures, but rest assured they ARE out there!
I hope this post finds you all enjoying our very unusual winter.
Have a howling good day!
When we think of early hominids, we know there is substantial evidence to indicate they both hunted and scavenged for protein sources. Meat was definitely a fair percentage of their diet.
Frans B.M. de Waal (TREE OF ORIGIN-- What primate behavior can tell us about human social evolution ) and Henry Bunn (University of Wisconsin ) both write extensively on this in their works about early man and meat eating / sharing.
"Power scavenging" is a term coined by Henry Bunn to describe how animals take meals from carnivores by driving them off and away from their kills. For instance, lions will often power scavenge from hyenas. Jackals have been witnessed doing the same.
Is it ridiculous to think that Bigfoot may also engage in power scavenging as well as predation?
Many reports across the country, in fact across the globe, include instances of the 'Forest People' running with carcasses, such as whitetail deer, under their arms or holding and even consuming smaller animals such as dogs and rabbits.
Did they prey upon these creatures themselves? Or could power scavenging be to their advantage in some cases and they too, like lions and early genus Homo, steal a free meal occasionally.
I certainly believe this to be a possibility, especially when there are so many theories making the crypto headlines these days about the symbiotic relationship of coyotes and Bigfoot.
It may be a friendly relationship,it may not be.
The research goes on........
Jackal scavenging a meal
Things are certainly beginning to take off with us here at Crypto Haven.
There has been frequent activity of one kind or another in this area almost daily, and it is both amazing and exciting
to be living in an area where I can joyfully and peacefully conduct the research that is so important to me and has such great meaning in my life.
Yesterday we added a video stream link to our homepage! Hooray! We are finally joining the world of the technologically advanced.....well, sort of.
We don't have a lot of fancy equipment because the budget simply doesn't allow it. But with time and patience, who knows!
In the coming weeks and as our work progresses, more videos will be added so please feel free to check back periodically and see what we are up to.
Have a howling good day!
Since our move, things certainly seem to have become no less than busy and certainly active in more ways than one.
There were many reasons I wanted to move to our new location, one of them being that nearby are some very "active" locations I am happy to be monitoring.
I have posted some new pictures in the flickr stream (Please follow the link on Crypto Haven's home page) and many new blog posts are on the way!
Exploring All realms is still on a hiatus, but we assure you that we will be back on the air very soon.
I hope this post finds everyone well and enjoying their holiday season!
Since getting reconnected to the internet world this past week, I have discovered I have a ton more updates to do than I at first thought, and I also have a bunch of photos to get put into my flickr album.
I will get these things taken care of, but it may take a bit of time, as I am trying to get caught up with field notes, research, schoolwork, and time out in the field working on eye witness accounts as well.
I have also been battling some health issues, as some of you know, but I will do my best to get these things all done in a timely manner.
Thank you for your patience as I get back into the swing of things!
We are now settled into our new home in Dexter and are loving our new property and cozy little house!
We just connected back to the internet, so Im back to blogging once again.
Exploring All Realms will be back on the air soon as well. Stay tuned for updates!
My good friend and colleague Nick Redfern may have that answer !Click the link below to read what he has to say.Lair of the Beasts: Monsters and Proof : Elusive Evidence
The Ohio Bigfoot Conference / Expo was a lot of fun. Having our team together for the first time for an event was
really exciting, and I think we all work well together.I will be posting photos very soon, so please check back in a few days.
The Cryptid Seekers site is coming along beautifully and we are getting some great comments and feedback on it. We are moving forward in a very big way, and we have all put our hearts into making our collective dream come true. Recently, we were officially welcomed by the city of Carabelle, Fla. to conduct an investigation, in March of next year, of the "Carabelle Cat", an elusive creature that has a long list of eye witness accounts, but iss as of yet unidentified. The full article can be read at :Carabelle Cat ExpeditionSince, for some reason, my computer wouldn't allow me to post my full reply in the comments section on their page, I decided to post my thoughts here in my own blog where I could type as much as I want.Here is my response:I will reiterate and support Scott Marlowe's comment that we are NOT going on a 'hunt' with rifles, guns, or any other weapon for that matter. The choice of using the word 'hunt' in the title of the article was not made by us, and is a complete misconception of what we are setting out to do.We will be armed only with equipment valuable for conducting our field work and research such as cameras, night vision, thermal imaging, trail cams, etc. We will gather evidence and record data, not harass the local wildlife.It is our hope to be able to answer questions and present valuable information that may help in the understanding, and protection of, these elusive cats....not harming them!If having large red targets on our backs is part of the cost of doing the work that we are so passionate about, then so be it. It is a labor of love, and we make great sacrifices to do it. And for the record, respect and honesty are valued above all in the way we conduct ourselves both as a team and as individual researchers.Thank you to those of you who have shown your support. We are honored to be welcomed to Carabelle, and thrilled to take part in this important piece of the zoological puzzle.
I hope this helps settle the whole "HUNT" debate, and we can avoid further drama.Have a happy day everyone!-Raven Meindel
Jess and I spent a good deal of time yesterday out in the field and on the trails of the Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. We found some really nice tracks and sign(See Expeditions and Outings page), took some photos, and of course had a lot of fun! Jess and I both have a great sense of humor, so we often have a lot of laughs wherever we go.
Getting ready to head out
Jess trying to get a picture of a deer before it moved too deep into the brush.
A cool old tree we found and just had to stop and give it a climb.
AhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHHHHaahhhhhhhhhhh!! (Only it didnt sound remotely like Tarzan!)