When I started my research in 2004 my first local contact was with a fellow who had been doing intensiveÂ investigations in an area close to my home.Â We soon became good friends and he unselfishly shared not only his area but also his knowledge and experience.Â Over the next two and half years we discussed many ideas about our research.Â He had had two daylight sightings and many footprint finds and recorded many vocalizations.Â When I started my website I encouraged him to let me set up a blog for him to share his findings. He was very enthusiastic about doing so and was a talented writer. He preferred to stay anonymous because his primary concern was always to safeguard the location of his research. He decided to use the name Argosy Project and so out of respect I will continue to do so.
It was with great sadness that in the Spring of 2007 he went to be with the Lord.Â I was at his bedside several days before he passed away.Â He spoke about the things he wished he had shared with me and of the articles that he still wanted to write.
I still maintain his blog atÂ The Argosy Project and his video and audio recordings at Argosy Project – Audio and Video. To highlight his eight blog posts I will be posting them over the next few months. – Stan Courtney
Project Goals by Argosy Project
The Argosy Project is a field research effort to collect as much photographic, audio, and physical evidence of the Midwest hominid, generally referred to as Bigfoot.
A concurrent emphasis of the Argosy Project is to educate the public about the behavior and traits of Bigfoot. Bigfoot is a unique species, and there are many inaccurate myths perpetuated by the media, and some Bigfoot researchers..
The ultimate goal of the Argosy Project is to get local ordinances passed, and laws enacted at the state, and federal level to protect Bigfoot as a treasured species.
A Matter of Trust by Argosy Project
I know many people will question why I don’t go charging into the woods when ever I hear a Bigfoot nearby. When I’m at my main research box I consider myself a mere visitor, and I respect the Bigfoot who frequent this locale.
After four years of studying them, I would say it’s been only the past two years that the Bigfoot family has come to accept me enough to acknowledge my presence. The Bigfoot will often pound on wood, or let out a whoop to signal me. So there is a certain comfort level of familiarity where the Bigfoot will let their guard down when I’m around. I’d like to think of it as a matter of trust.
I strongly feel that if I get too heavy-handed with my research techniques, the Bigfoot will think I’m being too intrusive, and simply have nothing to do with me. Another researcher recently called my work there “slow and methodical.” To me, that’s a compliment.
Our society is geared for big results- done quickly. My belief is the Bigfoot have been around a very long time, most likely longer than us. So they don’t really need us, but they are probably as curious about us, as we are about them. I’m dealing with three Bigfoot individuals, and two more possibly, and it’s my obligation to respect them.
Two years ago another researcher asked me if we could ever study these creatures in a Jane Goodall-fashion. I flatly said, “No.” I couldn’t envision that possibility then, but my experiences with the Bigfoot there these past two years has altered my view. In the meantime, I will still feed the Bigfoot family cookies and leftover pizza. The Argosy Project continues.