Computers, the Internet and all the devices that allow us to communicate with the general public are essential and even critical tools that put us as researchers in a position to acquire first hand reports from individuals who may have had an encounter with a Bigfoot. Websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, Youtube and social networking sites like Facebook, are also tools a researcher can use to inform the general public about their research and what it is they/we are trying to accomplish. Being able to have a link or avenue to share information between the researcher and the people who are having encounters is a critical aspect of this research.
While the research itself is anything but glamorous, we have found that many are truly fascinated with the idea that this creature we search for may exist. Due to our presence on the aforementioned Internet venues, we have established many relationships with people who have offered their support in many ways. We are grateful for those relationships. Some have shared their personal encounters, some have offered resources and others are just simply curious and interested in what we are doing.
In an attempt to grow those relationships, we have created a web page on our Minnesota site that we will use to give live updates from the field via Twitter and a photo sharing up link site. This page was originally created for close friends and family in order to keep them up to date while we were out in the field. We have decided to make this page public so that anyone interested might be able to get that in the field perspective. Some of our team members are fortunate enough to own smart phones. This gives us the capability to update the web page in real time during an outing. It's another great example of technology bringing researchers and the public together in this shared interest.
Updates From The Field is the web page. We hope you enjoy.