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Whoop/Grumble Event Report

Event Report/Field Notes:  Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 2008

Team Members in Attendance: (Those listed in brackets were on site, but asleep during event)
Jim and Stacy Flowers, and kids Bo, (Sean, and Katie)
DWP
Jeff Simon (and son Luke)
Paul Willison
(Pat and Joe Barker)

Audio Equipment:
HI-MD Sony Walkman MZ-RH910 portable minidisc recorder, two external omni-directional microphones. Placement location: 100 ft north of Base Camp.  Recorder is positioned approx. 5 ft. high in a sapling tree. Two external microphones are clamped to tree branches approx. 3 ft. to south of recorder and approx. 3 ft. to north of recorder. The Left mic is pointed slightly SW. The Right mic pointed slightly NW. Recorder set to long play, manual internal pre-amp volume at 23. This is the unit that recorded the vocals used on this page.

HI-MD Sony Walkman MZ-RH910 portable minidisc recorder with pre-amp in an insulated camouflage pelican case, two external omni-directional microphones.
Placement location: 370 ft. north of Base Camp at The Point.  Recorder is positioned approx. 6 ft. high in a sapling tree. Two external microphones are clamped to tree branches approx. 3 ft. to south of recorder and approx. 3 ft. to north of recorder. The Left mic is pointed slightly SW. The Right mic pointed slightly NW. Recorder set to long play, manual internal volume at 8, pre-amp setting at +30.

HI-MD Sony Walkman MZ-RH910 portable minidisc recorder, two external omni-directional microphones. Placement location: 150 ft. southwest of Base Camp.  Recorder is positioned on a tree stump, approximately 2.5 ft. from the ground. Left microphone was pointed towards the south, right microphone pointed to the north.

Video/Photographic Equipment:
2 Game Cameras. Placement Location: North Woods
Digital Game camera. Placement Location: 3/4 of the way down the Game Trail

Night Vision Equipment:
Bushnell 2.5 x 42 Monocular

Spotlighting Equipment: 
Available in camp.

Strategies and Planning: Team members will use inactive direct observation methods.

The plan is to set out 3 audio recorders, two to the north and one southwest from Base Camp, and to remain within the area near Base Camp during the night. If activity or vocalizations occur, the team will observe and/or record the event(s).

Description of Incident: This event happened on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 12:05 am, and again at 1:05 to 1:07:20 am

Precursor to Incident: Two screams, ten seconds apart, at 12:05 am, from location on far side of river.
Time of Incident: 1:05 to 1:07:20 am, lasting approx. 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Saturday, July 5, 2008
8:30 pm – Paul hangs his recorder in sapling tree 100 ft. north of Base Camp on high bank above river.
9:35 pm – Pat sets out recorder 370 ft. north of Base Camp in sapling tree at The Point overlooking the river.
9:40 pm – Sunset, 62 F
10 pm – DWP sets out his recorder at far end of SW Clearing, approx. 150 ft. southwest of Base Camp, in tree line.
Crescent moon rises in Northwest. Milky Way, lots of stars, many fireflies.
Some fireworks heard for an hour after dark (between 9:40 pm and 10:40 pm).
10:30 – 11 pm – Jeff and Luke go to bed, also Sean to bed.
11 pm – Temp. 58 F Joe goes to bed
11 to 11:30 pm - Jim to bed
12 midnight – Pat to bed.

Sunday, July 6, 2008
12:05 am – A scream is heard coming from across river, from the NW in the Meadow, just as the landowner is backing out.

12:05:10 am – A second scream is heard as the landowner is driving out, but still within sight of Base Camp. Landowner did not hear screams as he was inside his vehicle.

Stacy, Bo, Paul and DWP are still up. Pat decides to stay in bed, since there is usually no other activity after a typical call series. Jeff gets up and the calls are discussed for a while.

12:55 am - Bo goes to bed in the Aztek.

1:00 am - Stacy and Jeff both head for bed. DWP and Paul are up quietly talking by the fire pit. They move next to the shelter area and continue talking quietly.

1:05 to 1:07:20 am – A series of constant vocalizations originating from far bank of river. The majority of the sounds are whoops. There are also several huffs, snorts, and blowing. Coyotes begin to respond from across the river to the south. The whooping noise overpowers the coyote calls. The subject then does a series of grumbles and whoops. A final long whoop ends the very loud display which lasts over 2 minutes.

Stacy is awake in her tent and wakes Jim up. Jeff is awake in his tent. Bo is awake in the Aztek, hears the whoops but not the grumble or snorts. Everyone else is asleep. By the time Jeff, Jim, and Stacy can get back outside of their tents, the vocalizations have almost ended.

The grumbles are less like talking (as in the Ohio talker) but more of a general grumble.

The vocalizations are believed to originate from across the river in the general area where the Bluff Display/Tree Stand incident happened in 2007. The recordings are captured on 3 recorders. Pat had her recorder at The Point which overlooks the river on the extreme north end of camp. Paul set his recorder out slightly north of camp. DWP set his recorder southwest of camp where the path enters the cedars. Location of vocals is obscured by trees if viewed from location of Base Camp.

2 – 3 am – Everyone goes back to bed. As always, recorders remain running until following morning. No further activity is apparent.

- End of Report -

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