The Falcon Project is an aerial search for Sasquatch employing an unmanned airship w/ high definition thermal imaging camera equipment Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 25, 2013.
About this project
As Project Manager William Barnes will coordinate fund-raising; negotiate with engineers; oversee fabrication of airship and pilot training. He will manage the maintainance of the airship and the mobile command center.
As Principal Investigator Jeff Meldrum will be responsible for experimental design; coordination of site selection and local arrangements; establishment of baseline imaging; oversight of on-the-ground insertion teams; chairing the project panel.
The Falcon Project Panel will be tasked with documentation, assessment and evaluation of all evidence collected on the project. They will also recruit the involvement of additional outside expertise as necessary.
THE FALCON PROJECT PANEL
Jeff Meldrum, PhD
Dr. Meldrum‘s formal study of locomotor adaptations of primates has led him from the skeletal cabinets of far-flung museums, to the remote badlands of Colombia and Argentina. He has described several new extinct species. He also researches the emergence of modern human bipedalism and the analysis of fossil hominid footprints. His co-edited volume, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport, examines the pattern of emergence of the innovations unique to modern human gait. His interest in sasquatch footprints began when he crossed paths with an enigmatic set of tracks in the mountains of southeastern Washington. He conducts collaborative laboratory and field research throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, as well as China and Russia, and has spoken about his findings in numerous interviews, television appearances, public and professional presentations. His book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (2006) was described by Dr. Jane Goodall as bringing “a much-needed level of scientific analysis to the sasquatch – Bigfoot – debate.” He is editor of the The Relict Hominoid Inquiry, a refereed scholarly journal promoting scientific dialogue on this intriguing question (www.isu.edu/rhi).
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The Aurora will be deployed in selected areas of appropriate habitat where reports suggest sasquatch may range. The specifically built gyro-stabilized camera mount will house state of the art equipment that can view and film in infrared, thermal imaging and High Definition. The camera is the highest resolution (1024 x 768 pixel) uncooled, long wave 7-14 um and 17 micron pixel pitch system in the world today, except for classified U.S. military equipment. Peak emittance from the human body is around 10 um and so this camera will provide the best possible resolution. ICI IR Flash software used with the camera allows image enhancement to 12 Mega Pixels which is better than any uncooled thermal imaging camera in existence today. In other words you will be able to literally print a 12 Mega Pixel image with a Thermal/Infrared Camera by using the proprietary ICI IR Flash Software. This is unheard of in the entire infrared camera manufacturing industry. The FOV (Field Of View) lens used will be a 44 mm x 176 mm optic, f 1.2. To our knowledge no company has used a telephoto lens of this size with an uncooled 1024 x 768 camera for such a project other than possibly the U.S. Defense. Putting an optic on this particular camera will be a first for ICI as it is the newest uncooled IR camera on the market today and not even offered to the public at this time.
Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. He served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.
As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the main focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a young silverback in one of the Karisoke study groups – to sell his skull and hands. Finding the headless, handless body of a gorilla he regarded as a friend was a turning point in his life. Ten years later in Kenya, the experience was repeated when some of the cave-elephants he was studying were killed by ivory poachers.
As a result, he became a conservation consultant and advisor for organizations such as the Born Free Foundation, the Gorilla Organization, Orangutan Foundation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. To encourage such groups to work together, he established and chairs the Ape Alliance (80 organizations linked via www.4apes.com), the African Ele-Fund and the UK Rhino Group (www.rhinogroup.org.uk). He is now Chief Consultant and Envoy for GRASP - the UNEP/ UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership he helped launch in 2001.
Born in Malaysia, Ian’s passion for animals developed during his boyhood in Beverley, a market town in Yorkshire, and after University, took him in 1976 to Africa. There he joined Dian Fossey, studying and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Zaire. This work also led him into documentary film-making. Ian is the man who introduced Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978, for the famous BBC ‘Life on Earth’ sequences, and who taught Sigourney Weaver to grunt like a gorilla in 1987, for her award-winning role in the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ (in which he is characterized as ‘The Worm Boy’). He has advised in the making of, and/or appeared in more than 50 documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, TF1, etc. His books have been translated into many languages and he is in demand as an entertaining and thought-provoking public speaker.
Putting conservation principles into practice, he has led anti-poacher patrols, guided film crews and/or special interest tours into close encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants and erupting volcanoes, and worked to support local conservationists during the horrors of Rwanda’s and D.R. Congo’s civil wars. Under-cover investigations led him to play the role of a potential ape-buyer in order to infiltrate a poaching ring in Congo-Brazzaville and more recently a potential Coltan dealer in DRC. His work on behalf of animals was recognised in 1996 with the presentation of the PAWS Humane Achievement Award, at a ceremony in Hollywood, California. Ian was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2011.
As well as great apes, Ian Redmond’s research interests include: underground elephants - he carried out the first study and photography of elephants in the caves of Mt Elgon in Kenya and helped Sir David Attenborough to film them for the acclaimed BBC series ‘Life of Mammals’; parasites - he studied gorilla parasites, and in Papua New Guinea, discovered several new species of nematode worms; reptiles and amphibians - he discovered two new species of frog, also in New Guinea; and re-introducing orphaned apes, elephants and polar bears to the wild.
Asked to summarise his work, he says, “I am a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. But conservation for me isn’t just about saving species. On a larger scale, the planet needs us to save functioning eco-systems; on a smaller scale, we must also recognise that species are made up of individual animals. For me, it became personal when I had the privilege of getting to know individual wild animals in the wild... I can truthfully say that some of my best friends are gorillas, and I care passionately about them and the future of all life on Earth."
Jim Halfpenny has authored many books, including several on wolves and tracking. His fields of expertise include carnivore ecology (especially bears, wolves, mountain lions, etc.), tracking mammals and dinosaurs, and cold environmental ecology. As a licensed guide in Wyoming, hunting played a central role in developing Jim’s abilities to find all sorts of creatures. Sharing his adventures and knowledge with others has been his life-long goal. When Dr. Halfpenny retired from the university, he founded the Track Education Center and Museum in Gardiner, Montana, dedicated to sharing natural history and ecology. Through his organization, A Naturalist’s World, Jim annually travels the world teaching classes on carnivores, tracking, cold, and ecology. For information, go to www.tracknature.com.
John Bindernagel holds a B.S.A. degree from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). For 30 years of his 45-year-long career he was an international a professional wildlife biologist with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the United Nations, living and working in Uganda, Tanzania, Iran, and Trinidad and Tobago. His work consisted of wildlife surveys, the preparation of wildlife conservation and wildlife management plans, and the training of wildlife technicians.
More recently, he participated in wildlife research and consulting projects in several Canadian provinces, especially in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. His interest in the sasquatch began in 1963 and eventually led to a family move to Vancouver Island, BC in 1975. It also led, eventually, to two books on the subject: North America’s Great Ape: The Sasquatch (A wildlife biologist looks at the continent’s most misunderstood large mammal) (1998), and The Discovery of the Sasquatch (Reconciling Culture, History, and Science in the Discovery Process) (2010). His wildlife research is now almost entirely focused on sasquatch anatomy, behavior, and ecology, and on the discovery process as it applies to this sasquatch.
John Mionczynski is a wildlife consultant with field experience going back 40 years. His biological studies have spanned a broad spectrum from microscopic marine life to large ungulate mammals of the high mountains. He has conducted studies on bighorn sheep in Wyoming and all over the intermountain west for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and the University of Wyoming. During these studies he was acknowledged for developing goat packing as a technique for transporting scientific equipment into remote and rugged high mountain ranges and glaciers. In this regard he has performed as a scientific packer for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Wyoming, as well as his own scientific research. He has also written an authoritative book on the subject.
He spent three years trapping, radio collaring, and documenting food habits and behavior of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem of Montana and Wyoming for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team and U.S. Forest Service. Other field studies have included work with mountain goats, pikas, habitat analysis, fire ecology, a biological survey of the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia, and ethnobotanical studies of tribes in North America and Africa.
While working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1972, he had an encounter with a strange unidentified animal in a forest camp which spurred a nearly 40 year quest to collect field information and sighting reports on the legendary 'Old Man' as it is known in parts of the Rockies...better known as Sasquatch.
In a career spanning 45 years, Bill Munns has excelled in several unique professional arts, including the “creature business” (fabricating ultra-realistic physical models of living, extinct and fictitious creatures for Movies, TV, Theme Parks and Museum Exhibits) and Computer Graphics Imagery (CGI). He has devoted 5 years of diligent effort to the analysis of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, which is the most unique and detailed photographic record of the cryptic entity known as “Bigfoot” or Sasquatch.
In that effort, he has pioneered new methods of image analysis to make a factual determination as to the biological authenticity of the Patterson-Gimlin Hominid. Munns will be applying that expertise in both fabricated “creatures” and real biological creatures to study the image data which is collected by The Falcon Project and contribute to factual determinations of what species the image data has captured.
Pete Aniello has over 20 years of experience in the geospatial field. He is currently a technical manager at Environmental Systems Research Institute, and has previously worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the United States Geological Survey, and Space Imaging (a satellite imagery company, now called GeoEye). He is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Engineering degree in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Denver.
William Barnes is the Owner and Founder. As the principle manager and overseer of the entire project, as he has over 25 years experience in operating his own businesses. He has been a gold dredger for the last 15 years, and had his Hominoid sighting in 1997. Managing businesses with attention to detail, and getting the job done with the necessary resources, has given him the ability to create success without going over-budget. His focus is more on creative problem solving; thus, he solicits ideas from all involved in whatever business he’s involved with. Team effort is a huge focal point in working with any group of people that he manages. He appreciates having input from his colleagues, as this helps him to make firm decisions which move the organization in a direction that works well for all involved. He believes that good input from colleagues creates good output, and thus, well-spent, economically used investment dollars. He has found this approach to be a tried and true business practice.
Jason Valenti, co-founder, was inspired to get involved in Hominoid research after his own personal sighting in Apalachicola National Forest in 1996. He has been out in the field on many occasions to search for Hominoid evidence. He hosted the 2005 Sasquatch Research Conference in Bellingham, WA, and has been a guest on numerous radio shows over the last decade, as well as a documentary. He had his own business, Infinite Web Solutions, which provided multi-media solutions to customers for over 8 years.
With his knowledge in digital and electronic media, he is able to provide technical support along with innovative ideas for solutions. He also has a background in electronics, electrical and mechanical repair, as he grew up in a family business that serviced bio-medical equipment.
Risks and challenges
We have thoroughly prepared for any unforeseen challenges that may arise after funding, such as airship damage, camera malfunction, etc. We will not only be thoroughly insured but we will also have highly skilled technicians who are prepared for any snafu that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Signed reprint of the ichnotaxonomy of sasquatch footprints paperEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Glossy print of 3D scan of a cast from the P-G film siteEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
T-shirt bearing the Falcon Project Team logo or an official Falcon Project posterEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
DVD of Dr. Meldrum’s talk at the Pocatello Bigfoot RendezvousEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Cast of knuckle printsEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Paperback copy of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, signed by authorEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Replica cast of footprint with frameable annotation pageEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Replica cast and full sized poster of scientific presentation of the Footprint evidence for the Chinese yerenEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Invitation to join the team for 1 week in the field.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Choose from any of the above + a framed image from the first contactEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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