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The Bower Sequence
spring 2012
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Bird, Satin Bowerbird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, male


These notes will document the unfolding of what I have come to call 'the Bower Sequence'. The players are Reo (Nathan Reo), SnowWalkerPrime (Michael Merchant) and myself (Bill Rogers).

August 14, 2016 ~ Reo mentions plastic tarps and bottles used in stick structures.

February 19, 2017 ~ Reo mentions bottles, especially blue ones. Also tarps are blue. Blue things. Shiny things. Glass, plastic.

February 21, 2017 ~ SnowWalkerPrime mentions Reo's (and Christopher Noël's) discussions of stick structures.

March 5, 2017 ~ SnowWalkerPrime has been interested in Reo's structures and examines structure by a roadside. Finds blue tarp.

March 5, 2017 ~ Recalling Reo's previous videos and the blue tarp in this video I leave this response* on SnowWalker's page:

"I've heard [from Reo] they like putting blue things around their area. I know that bower birds will do this. I think they do it to attract a mate. Some bower birds use blue items, some red, some grey. But similar does not always equal the same as. They might have a totally different reason for doing this...."

NOTE: Similar is not the same as. I am not suggesting that the hut-makers use the human-made objects for creating a bower or attracting a mate. All we know is that they incorporate such objects and that they scatter them throughout. Tarps for instance, which SnowWalker will say in one of the next videos are not used to block rain, but are merely shoved into the structures.

March 7, 2017 ~ more discussion from SnowWalker on huts, with specific comments on blue tarps, bottles, etc. Here he is pointing out inclusion of such items, but not used in human ways. He coins a term 'bower bird effect'. Bower bird photos used in video.

March 8, 2017 Further specific discussion on 'bower bird effect' with emphasis on human-created items scattered around randomly. Again, photos of bowers used.

March 8, 2017 ~ Finally, SnowWalkerPrime releases a video featuring his theory: Bower Bird Theory ~ Does Bigfoot act like a Bird?

Though I don't have any reason to believe that they are using the huts like bowers to attract mates. I do agree that they might serve some communicative function and that their inclusion of human-made objects might have decorative or other purposes. My original suggestion of the bower bird was merely to point out a similarity of behaviour, but not to over-equate intentions between two different creatures. I don't think SnowWalker is over-equating anything by expressing his theory. He is doing what he does best. Observing and speculating. I think SnowWalkerPrime and Reo excel in both observation and speculation.

*solovief

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This video from Sasquatch Omega contains more on tarps not being used for cover, but just laid around in or on a structure.

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