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…

California Pterosaur in a Newspaper

An 1891 issue of the Los Angeles Herald newspaper had an article from an earlier California news publication, about reports of “dragons” flying over an area south of Fresno, around Selma. The main headline of the article read “pterodactyls.” (“stewn with feathers” refers to the place where “dragons” attacked birds) According to the Los Angeles Herald…