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Stick Structure Quadrant Changes

December 7, 2018

SquatchHERS Heidi, Katie, and Stephanie visited the stick structure quadrant during their time in the field shortly after Thanksgiving.  This incredible grouping of stick structures is as intriguing as it is rare; we discovered it some time ago as we searched a location north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area. 

What is the Stick Structure Quadrant?  Well first, I think a little history is needed.  A year ago, we were considering areas in which we could search for bigfoot within 100 miles of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and we came across reports online of bigfoot sightings in a 23,000+ acre location; state-owned, accessible at all hours, it is managed by the DNR. 

This location is beautiful and amazing, and during our searches there we have found animal prints and scat from deer, bear, coyote, wolf, and big cats; we have seen scores of deer and many kinds of water fowl in this natural area.  The terrain has wetland and wooded area combined.  The portion of the location where we discovered the stick structures is a very small range within the greater location; on a ridge surrounded by wetlands.  It is a long hike to get there, and the terrain is difficult to maneuver.

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Many stick structures adorn the area we have dubbed the Stick Structure Quadrant, including two massive structures shown above along with the map of the area we created.  One of the structures has a rounded top resembling the shape of what a wigwam looks like, and one that resembles a tipi.   Within this small area, we found about 15 structures; some very small, some larger, and some we like to call starter structures, very minute yet visibly the same as the larger structures.  We have found no other stick structures in the areas we have searched in this expansive state-owned property. We have visited the quadrant many, many times over this year, and we have found changes to the structures almost every time.  In August, SquatchHER Cindy had an idea that we should build our own structure to see what might happen, and so we built two (pictured below) in the same way as the large structures already there, one was rounded, one was more triangular/tipi-shaped.
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We returned in October and noted no changes to our structures, and so we added more to each of our SquatchHERS made structures.   Because of the firearm deer hunting season, it wasn’t safe for us to be anywhere near that area for most of the month of November.  The end of firearm season was the day before Thanksgiving, and so we planned to search that weekend and we were very anxious to return.   In addition to visiting the quadrant, it was our intention to cross the marshland just beyond the quadrant to get to the forested area on the other side.  When we were there in October we heard knocks and unknown sounds that we thought resembled the sounds a gorilla makes coming from that area.

As we hiked through the area, we noticed subtle changes in the larger structures; they were lower somehow, but the biggest and most fascinating change we found?  Some of the smaller structures have been removed or taken down.  Some branches that had been arranged to form the structure could be seen in some of the places, and in others?  NOTHING.  They have simply vanished without a trace of the sticks that were apart of them.  The first photo below shows the brush and sticks that have appeared in between the two SquatchHERS structures; the second shows the trees where there were structures last time we visited.  What happened to them?  It is puzzling, did we offend with our structures?  We also noticed that in the area in between the two SquatchHERS stick structures, there were many branches and brush that were not there the last time we were there.  It seemed to us as if it had been brought there.  For what?  To perhaps build another structure in between ours? 
 
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This change is fascinating and remarkable.  We plan to return to the area in a few weeks’ time, with our map in hand and will mark off the structures that are no longer there and draw a new map.  Will there be a new structure in between the two we made?  Lots of questions, no answers as of yet.  But it is amazing and exciting.  Until next time,


--Stephanie