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Area X Presentation From Beachfoot 20

Bob Strain, a North American Wood Ape Conservancy member living in California, recently made a presentation on Area X at the annual Beachfoot conferece. 


Spacial thanks to Rictor Riolo for creating and editing the video.

 

Commentary: Regarding the Wood Ape and Vocalization

 

[A couple of months after the publication of Testing of Game Cameras for Sound Emissions at the NAWAC web site, Dr. Martin Lenhardt, who supervised the game camera tests, contacted us again. After he noted, “Jane Goodall thinks there may be something to this story,” Dr. Lenhardt asked if we had “access to any sounds this guy makes?” The following reflections were offered in response to receiving recordings of possible North American wood ape vocalizations.]

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NAWAC Expands Areas of Investigation

The North American Wood Ape Conservancy today announces an expansion of the areas in which the group operates. Previously, the group was active in the original four state region of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. With today's announcement, the group has created the following operational regions:

 
Northeast Southeast West
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont 
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • California
  • Nevada
 South-Central  Upper-Midwest  
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
 
  • Iowa
  • Michigan (Upper Peninsula)
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
 

Operations in these regions will include investigation of received encounter reports including on-site visits (if necessary or deemed appropriate), field work in areas of potential wood ape habitat, member development activities, and educational opportunities aimed at the general public. 

These regions are formed around groups of NAWAC members who, through field work and completion of other prerequisite efforts, have achieved investigator status within the organization. The NAWAC only publishes encounter reports that minimally include a witness interview by an investigator. Many times, the group will also conduct an on-site investigation of the encounter. Being able to travel to and back from these sites in a reasonable amount of time greatly dictated which states were included in each region.

Membership of the group has expanded significantly in the past few years and with it has come individuals of great talent, dedication, and ability who have shown themselves to be qualified investigators. Individuals interested in membership to the group can submit an application here

   

Testing of Game Cameras for Sound Emissions

Abstract

The North American Wood Ape Conservancy sent game cameras to a bioacoustics lab to determine whether or not the cameras produce detectable audio emissions potentially capable of deterring wildlife from approaching the vicinity of the cameras.

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Ape Appellations

 

Over many centuries numerous appellations have been ascribed to the huge hairy hominoids said to inhabit North America, “Bigfoot” being one of the more widely used in recent decades. In his opening address at the 2013 Texas Bigfoot Conference, Brian Brown first announced the TBRC move to officially change its name to the North American Wood Ape Conservancy and the rationale behind the NAWAC decision to largely cease using the media moniker “Bigfoot” when referring to the species (Brown, 2013a).

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