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 Post subject: 2018 Thumperville Expedition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:24 am 
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2018 Thumperville Expedition Summary

This was the first time I had been to this location. With the historical sightings by the public and results of the past expeditions, it appears to have fairly consistent activity. The MABRC Western Team has some unique challenges compared to the areas that I am used to researching as there is a whole lot more open and relatively flat land. I suspect that the territories of the troops are a lot larger than the ones here in the Ozarks so being in the right place at the right time is a lot harder to figure out.

However, this area seems to be a hotspot. I was briefed by Biggjimm of his idea of this troop as others in these types of regions seem to be a lot quieter. After doing the audio review of 150+ hours of collected audio I have to agree to an extent. We did have some louder possible vocals that were in the distance in the more wooded area of the region. With the apparent activity we had at camp with eyeshine and rock throwing I was amazed that the Zoom H2n camp recorder didn’t have more recordings of possible movement and the softer audio that is usually associated with it. There were a few times where there did appear to be possible walking in the water, but with my limited experience of recording in close proximity to a lake and with natural wave action, I wasn’t comfortable with adding that to the possible sounds associated with suspected movement.

With that being said, just because the camp recorder didn’t produce much more than knocks and the rocks that hit the metal canopy that was on the property, the 3 drop boxes were more fruitful. After getting a good lay of the land of the area available for research I place one in an area of a lot of game trails and a possible tall boy trail. The other two were places at natural choke points in the area. Most of the susceptive audio was collected on the drop boxes. Here is what I think was the most telling audio collected:




One thing that I feel is important to point out from the audio review of the drop boxes is that a possible travel route was recorded. The first night they were deployed there was recorded knocks on each of the recorders one after the other in order from closest to the camp to the most distant one. There were 2 possibly 3 different toned knocks on each recorder. The 2 tones for sure were the same on each recorder and took about 45 minutes to an hour apart as they appeared to leave the area. The distance between the recorders were approximately ½ to ¾ of a mile apart. This type of thing in my area shows what I think it typical foraging behavior. I do have the GPS coordinates that I will get to Biggjimm and anyone else that wants them in the Western Team. The second night the pattern appeared to repeat itself. Recorder 2 had a battery failure on the second night but 1 and 3 both picked up the knocks again. However, recorder 3 was fainter which I suspect was do to a minor course change do to the water level raising during the day. When I went to collect recorder 3 I had to walk in COLD knee deep water to retrieve it! With the data collected it appears that they have a loop of some sort as they didn’t appear to come from the same direction that left like happens in one area in my research site. Another thing I found interesting was the aggressive grunts that were recorded on recorder 1 during our knock experiment. It seemed to draw them in midday and it was the only time that weekend that there were any possible daytime vocals. It makes me wonder even more if the tree fall that was experience during the original Project Silent Hills experiment in Arkansas was a result of the experiment we were conducting. I was very suspicious of it being related at the time. I suggest that anytime experiments like this are done in the future we line the experiment area with audio recorders to see if there are patterns that can be established.

On future expeditions in this location I would suggest trying to focus more on the possible travel route they use in this area. By the data collected it would appear that they are coming into the area from a separate direction and basically foraging through the area. I suspect it is from the wooded area located behind the shack by the road as we entered the research site. The wooded areas up there seem to be thicker, denser, and on higher ground. Overall, I think it was a great expedition and sharing a campfire with the Western Team and Laughsquatch made it even more worth it. Sometimes different perspectives and unfamiliar locations help get us refocused and out of routines that may not be as helpful to research. Thanks Guys!

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