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The Vermont Project 2009

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Published on Oct 28, 2009

During the past three years, I have conducted Sasquatch research within nine miles of my home in Vermont. This year, I've made some intriguing progress. Included in this video also, for comparison, is some thermal footage obtained in Texas, in 2008.

To read excerpts from my book, IMPOSSIBLE VISITS, please visit http://www.impossiblevisits.com

The book can be ordered here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1436...

To hear a radio interview about this research, you can listen here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source...

I am editing an anthology entitled, SPEAKING OF SASQUATCH: WRITERS RESPOND TO THE NEW NATURAL ORDER. To submit work for consideration, please visit http://www.impossiblevisits.com

Until very recently, our only publicly shared knowledge of Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) came through chance encounters, fleeting glimpses, and the rare piece of movie or video footage. Yet meanwhile, throughout North America, certain people were busy pursuing private knowledge much more effectively. Now, IMPOSSIBLE VISITS, the first book of its kind, chronicles the groundbreaking work of such ordinary human beings who have experienced, sometimes for many years, consistent Sasquatch visitations to their homes and properties (at "habituation sites") and have sought--in the great and humane spirit of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey--to learn from this retiring, intelligent primate species. The book features half a dozen richly detailed first-person testimonials, which convey a textured sense of the nature and behavior of Sasquatch, and of the interactions one can have with members of this ancient race. This inter-species relationship is very strange and oblique, because Sasquatch has survived alongside Homo sapiens, down through the eons, thanks only to enormous stealth, to maintaining a necessary physical distance. The contributors to this book have succeeded, however, through patience and good will, not in erasing this distance but in establishing a mutual trust that allows for nonverbal, acoustical communication, the regular exchange of food and gifts, and even occasional clear sightings. Impossible Visits also covers the author's own fieldwork in northern Vermont, as well as other late-breaking developments in the burgeoning field of Sasquatch research.

Some ask why we are even pursuing knowledge of this creature, when it clearly wishes to be left alone. In my view, this ethical issue needs to be seen through the prism of the certainty that a member of this species will, one day soon, be killed by one of the dozens of hunters currently devoted to making a name and a fortune for themselves, and armed with more and more refined and powerful thermal and night-vision technology. Less likely, a Sasquatch will be struck and killed by a vehicle. Less likely still, a dead individual will be stumbled upon, one who has perhaps broken from the group and therefore is not hidden by them after death. If the harvest of a specimen body (either by violence or by happenstance) were not inevitable, then the ethical question would be more acute. But given this inevitability, the overriding imperative, from my viewpoint, is that a solid infrastructure of knowledge be put in place, as much as possible, prior to the day of discovery, when the media will seek to spike ratings by provoking hysteria among the general public. The key, then, will be for the millions of suddenly fascinated yet anxious people to have readily accessible sources to consult in order to learn of the astonishing subtlety, intelligence, even the civility, of this species. Scott Nelson's linguistic analysis will advance this cause, too, forming part of the whole rich and elaborate picture that can serve to offset the media's sensationalistic caricature. All credible knowledge gained by then, especially the respectful, highly textured accounts shared by long-term habituators, will probably create the best barrier between Sasquatch and its would-be trophy hunters. With any luck, the contributions by these ordinary, non-scientist researchers will augment efforts toward establishing legislation protecting the species going forward. Best-case scenario: Though the first man to "bag" a Sasquatch will (unavoidably) become rich and famous, the second, and all subsequent, will be thrown in jail for life.

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