New field research project.

Just a quick note to let everyone know of the latest research being conducted at multiple research locations in Virginia and West Virginia. I am following the scientific method for investigating this area of research so the results can documented for peer review at a later date. Hopefully the results of this study can be added to others so we can build a solid case that the Bigfoot creatures do exist and the scientific community must take notice. This project is somewhat novel in that it utilizes bird nests to determine what types of animals live or pass through a given research area. Several months ago while conducting field research, I was in the woods watching a Tufted Titmouse bird (Parus bicolor) scavenging in some leaf piles for nest building materials. Every so often the bird would fly to its nest with the building materials in its beak. I watched as the bird repeated this task over and over. I was curious what the bird used in building the nest so I noted the nests location using a GPS and decided to come back and retrieve the nest after the baby birds left. After retrieving the nest, I found many animal hairs were used in the nests construction along with other materials like moss, grasses and small bark strips. The use of animal hairs really intrigued me. I decided to remove some of the hairs to identify and document them using a microscope with a camera attachment. So far I have been able to identify four out of the five different hairs found in the nest. A more detailed check of the nest may produce even more hair samples. The hairs identified so far are Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Eastern Cottentail (Sylvilagus floridana), White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). My hypothesis is the bird collects nest building materials from areas within its home range during the nest building timeframe. Once this “home range” has been identified, we can say with a high degree of certainty that the hair found in the nest must have been left by animals passing through or living in the birds “home range”. My goal is to identify areas where I think the Bigfoot creatures live or travel through, then use the bird’s natural ability to collect animal hairs in that controlled research area. This should give us a larger picture on what animals live or pass through the area. There is a slight chance that the birds may use hair shed from a Bigfoot creature to build its nest. Finding bird nests is difficult, another option would be to deploy bird houses in the controlled area of research. This is a more controlled approach and the bird houses can be built to allow only birds that use animal hair in building their nests. So the quest is on to build bird houses and to identify the birds “home range”. Identifying the birds “home range” is crucial so we can establish the correct grid pattern in the deployment of the bird houses. If there are any birding enthusiasts out there that would be interested in participating in this research study please contact me. If a scientist should ask me how I know a Bigfoot creature lives or passes through a given research are, I can honestly tell them a little bird told me! (Copyright) William Dranginis Manassas, VA.

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