Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bigfoot at Salt Fork

Salt Fork State Park has hired a new naturalist, John Hickenbottom.

A recent graduate from Hocking College, John majored in Natural Historical Interpretation. He felt like he needed to beef up his degree with more science so he took every "ology" course he could! Geology, biology, you name it, he took it!

John was first affiliated with Salt Fork in 2007 when he was hired as the assistant to naturalist and former Miss Southeastern Ohio, Ashleigh Lemon.
Together, they managed the Salt Fork Nature Center, located at the main beach.

He had the advantage of growing up with Salt Fork State Park as his playground, hunting, trapping, hiking and exploring. And now has the good fortune to be able to share his enthusiasm and educate others about the many facets of the wilderness.

Now John is putting together a Three part series on Bigfoot at Salt Fork.

His main goal is to educate people on understanding nature and recognizing the nighttime wildlife by having several nighttime hikes.

Along with the public education, which is going to focus on the historical and cultural events surrounding Bigfoot and the local wildlife, John is going to utilize his training as a wildlife naturalist to conduct actual research to determine what is going on in the forests of Salt Fork.

He is going to set up a controlled study site from a wildlife management perspective.
He is an admitted skeptic and will approach the subject by studying the natural environment and how and why things occur.

I will report more on this in the weeks to come, but for now I encourage you to join us for the series which will begin the first weekend in July.

More details will be provided as they become available! You know where to find me!

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