The 2021 Conference Speakers

 Shelly Covington-Montana:

A native Texas who Is known as a wilderness and wildlife enthusiast with a passion for conservation and preservation. Her search for the truth has committed her to constantly improving her education thru the Citizen Sciences. “Consistently pushing ones self to learn in the field of Wildlife Behavior and Conservation. These commitments can only increase my ability to bring forth solid evidence, by separating factual research from emotional/biased research. Facts are truth, and I am hopeful with proper Wildlife DNA collection and analysis it could be a benefit and a standard in the search of the enigma we call Sasquatch. “ Shelly is a Level II Certified Wildlife Tracker. She is also in constant work on Citizen Science Wildlife DNA kits. As of late She doing the term Sasquatch Alba Vernix,  also created the Sasquatch Alba Vernix DNA and Latent Print Kit.

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Ken Gerhard:

   a widely recognized cryptozoologist and author who, frequently appears on television.


Ken has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman and even werewolves. 


In addition, he’s written five books on the subject of unknown animals and his research has been featured on numerous TV shows including Missing in Alaska, Monster Quest, Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, Legend Hunters and Unexplained Files.


Appearing on major networks including – History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, Syfy, National Geographic and the Science Channel.



Lyle Blackburn:

is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, “The Beast of Boggy Creek” and “Lizard Man,” reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas.


Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs, including Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, and the CBS Sunday Morning Show.  Most recently, Lyle served as a consulting producer and special episode host for the tv show Monsters and Mysteries in America.


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John Vanderventer

Hometown: Plano, Texas

16 year US Air Force Veteran

2014 became a novice Bigfoot Researcher

2017 published Bigfoot Novel “Relics”

2018 moved to Honobia, Oklahoma


Marvin Leeper

Marvin is a former Folklore and Language/Arts Professor at Murray State College, in Tishomingo, OK.  Prof. Leeper has contributed several articles on the subject such as, "Bigfoot in Your Own Backyard", "Bigfoot; Man or Monster (published in the Oklahoma Humanities Council Journal), & "Oklahoma's Boggy Creek," the last chapter in Wood Knocks vol. 3.  Prof. Leeper has given presentations at the Fouke Monster conference and Honobia Bigfoot Festival.