Emailed to the BFRO after the May 2005 Redwoods expedition.
From Leila Hadj-Chikh, PhD, Evolutionary Biology
Dear Matt et al.,
I just wanted to thank you all for letting me participate in the
Redwoods Expedition. I had a really amazing time. I was especially
excited to be able to learn so much from other expedition members
who have been doing this for some time.
I was quite surprised and impressed by how
much the BFRO already knows about the biology of an animal that
has received so little attention or recognition from the scientific
After going on this expedition with you all, I find it unbelievable
that this subject has been ignored by so many professional scientists.
I felt honored to have the opportunity to get some first-hand experience
in investigating these animals with you.
It's unfortunate that my audio recorder decided to stop working
the afternoon before I heard those interesting sounds! (I am sure
they were made by no animal I know of...)
I'm planning to bring some better recording
equipment on future expeditions, so hopefully I will be better prepared!
I look forward to joining you all in the Sierras ...
Leila Hadj-Chikh, PhD, Evolutionary Biology
March 2005 Vogt-Shelby Expedition - Northern California
Emailed to the BFRO after the March 2005
From Rick Kopec, President of the Shelby
America Automobile Club :
just wanted to take a minute to tell you guys how much I enjoyed meeting
you, and in participating in the expedition in Northern California.
I found it both educational and stimulating. It was something completely
different from what I'm used to doing and I was glad I was able to
take part in it. I've been talking to Curt Vogt and I think I'd like
to spend a day and a night with you guys when you come to NY State
in October. Curt said he will keep me posted so there's nothing you'll
have to do. (I'll bet you don't get emails telling you THAT very often!)
Anyway, thanks for everything. You have managed
to tie the whole Bigfoot matter into a nice, neat package which
goes a long way towards understanding something about which so little
is actually known.
RE: SEPT. 2004 NEW MEXICO EXPEDITION
From Eric Bell -- Construction Manager from
Las Vegas, NV:
"I would like to thank the BFRO for
allowing my brother and I to participate in the New Mexico expedition.
We had an incredible experience that was well worth the 12 hour
drive from Las Vegas.
I would also like to sincerely thank [the host], his family and
all the members of the Apache Nation who made this trip so rewarding
for me. The knowledge and hospitality that they so graciously shared
will have a lasting impression. Not only did I feel welcome; I felt
like an honored guest. There was food, hot coffee and good company
in abundance the whole time I was there.
The BFRO did a wonderful job in organizing and coordinating all
aspects of the expedition. The participation and continued assistance
of [the host] and his people, and the respect they showed towards
the BFRO and its efforts.
Let's do it again!!!
From Mike S. -- Pastor from Alabama, regarding
the September 2004 Expedition in Northern New Mexico:
"My son and I participated in the NM expedition sponsored by
the BFRO and hosted on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation.
We arrived unannounced at a camp about midnight after a 12 hour drive.
Reservation residents helped us find a camp spot and even offered
to help us pitch camp, AT MIDNIGHT. They also invited us to drop by
for coffee the next morning, even though we were complete strangers.
They made us feel more like long lost friends.
The next morning they directed us to [the host's] ranch. These same
wonderful people personally showed other participants to the ranch
and even invited us to a BBQ dinner on the first night. [The host]
and his family were also wondeful hosts and shared their time, expeirience,
food, and resources in a most gracious manner. The wonderful Apache
people and the natural wonder of the place itself made it an unforgettable
The NM expedition mounted by the BFRO was extremely successful, in
my opinion, in terms of sightings, vocalizations, and evidence collected.
It was definitely a worthwhile experience even though it was a 24
hour drive to get there. The other participants were highly motivated
and each was eager to participate. The entire trip was exciting and
pleasant because of the hospitality of the Apache Nation, and the
great job done by Stephen, Matt, and others in the BFRO to research
the best spot in advance so that the probability for success was high
from the beginning.
An Apache Indian guide (left) with
expedition member Stan Courtney (Illinois).
The Apache Indian Reservation is, in effect, a well protected
wildlife refuge. It is a separate nation, with its own
laws and its own system of justice. Poaching by outsiders
is uncommon, partly because of the harsh consequences
to poachers caught on Apache land.
From Kyle P. -- Aircraft Mechanic from
Portland, Oregon, regarding the September 2004 Expedition in Northern
'Two thumbs up. This was one of those trips I will remember for
the rest of my life. It really taught me a lot. Thanks to [the host]
and his family for making me feel so welcome and the hospitality
they gave me, plus the help with a flat tire. Matt, you did a great
job putting this expedition on so well I would like to go on your
Thanks so much,
From Paul Mateja -- Network Administrator from Buffalo, New York,
regarding the September 2004 Expedition in Northern New Mexico:
" I had a great time. It was unlike any thing I have ever done
before. With the things I had seen and heard there is no doubt in
my mind that some sasquatches were in the area.
I was most impressed with the hospitality shown to the group by
[the host], his family, and other members of the Apache Nation.
I felt honored and humbled to be included. I was also very impressed
with the camaraderie of the BFRO group. From the day I arrived I
felt I was treated as an equal. I had a good feeling of the group.
The knowledge and techniques I picked up from the BFRO and the Apaches
will go a long way to enhance and improve my personal research out
in the east. I look forward to the next one!
Paul J. Mateja
Re: OCT. 2004 WASHINGTON EXPEDITION
From Ric Hjertberg -- Engineer from Seattle, Washington,
regarding the October 2004 Expedition in the Olympic Peninsula,
"Firstly, thanks for sharing those remarkable days with me.
I met some folks I hope to know for a lifetime. What a great bunch
of independent thinkers. If I were an undiscovered species, you’re
definitely the bunch I’d like to meet.
It was a thrill to be included. No regrets here. The trip moved
my avocation from curiosity to long-term involvement. That’s huge
because I take my hobbies very seriously.
On the skills side, thanks to all for sharing your knowledge. I
learned a ton in areas I thought I already had some skills.
I suspect that we’re not far from a defining
event. Whatever it is, nothing will be the same. And we’ll remember
October as a very special and unrepeatable experience.
The mystery is not whether sasquatches exist or how, exactly, contact
will occur. The real question is, how will the world change. I’m
in it both to behold these magnificent creatures and to watch conventional
wisdom blown away. In the meantime, these expeditions are big fun.
I hope to have the chance to go again and often.
Hope to see you out there again, and soon.
Still missing the excitement and comaraderie,
Tracy Herigstad (Art Student, Univ.Wash.) and Paul Graves
(Lead guitarist of the rock band "Mossdog") staking
out a salmon spawning area during the October Washington
Expedition on the Olympic Peninsula.
From Mel Skahan -- Forestry Technician from
regarding the October 2004 Expedition in the Olympic Peninsula:
"I thank Matt for allowing me to attend the second Washington
Expedition, and all those who shared your experiences with me. I
enjoyed sharing with you my own experiences and knowledge of the
woods. As I was driving home I kept thinking that we should have
come across more activity, but it's a hit and miss thing. If it
were that easy it wouldn't still be a mystery. I hope that we are
able to come together again.
Jim "Bobo" Fay signs a bigfoot
research book as a gift to some kids in Queets Village (Quinault
Indian Reservation) during the August Expedition in the
Olympic Peninsula, Washington.
From Jim Von Lassow -- Golf Pro Shop Owner
from Seattle, Washington, regarding the October 2004 Expedition
in the Olympic Peninsula:
"I attended with my son and daughter
and we all had a good time, although due to school conflicts we
did not get into camp until Friday evening after 7 PM. We were welcomed
graciously and met wonderful people which made the trip that much
Our expectations were moderate at best. It would have been icing
on the cake if we heard a scream, or found a track, or saw tree
breaks, but we only were in the field for two nights. Our limited
time in the field was our own planning error and it will not happen
Even with the limited amount of time there, our experiences were
rich and memorable. My daughter Hannah's best time was the first
night when she was invited to go with the all girl team. She really
had a good time talking and patrolling the road with them. She also
loved rumbling along the rough logging roads searching for tracks.
My son Andrew's favorite part was [luring them with sounds] at night
on a deserted road near the river.
Personally for me, being with like-minded people and exploring the
woods and rivers was a great thrill. It was my first expedition
and it was 'over the moon'. Sharing it with new friends and family
made it that much better!
I am eager to get out and explore sighting areas closer to my Western
Washington home for sign, reading more books and continuing the
A big thanks you to ALL of you on the expedition, for your help,
guidance, and camaraderie. My hope is to do it all again and spend
lots more time with this learned group.