Ropen in Long Beach, California

The other day, somebody asked me, on Facebook, if I plan on returning to Papua New Guinea. (Many of my friends know of my ropen expedition in 2004.) I have no plans for visiting that far-away country for a simple reason: sightings are reported within fifty miles of my home in Southern California, even a sighting in my own city…

Possum Upstages Ropen in Lakewood, California

I was recently surprised while examining photos taken by my game camera. It looks somewhat like the tail of a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur: The camera is set up near where an apparent ropen was observed this past June, in Southern California, so I cannot be blamed for thinking this might have been a small ropen, so close to…

The Ropen of Columbia River Gorge

The following come from some emails that I received, over two years, from an eyewitness who lives in Oregon: My wife and I were coming back from a job at Skamania Lodge on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  At the time we lived in the Portland Oregon area, and we were driving back…