ET is real, and a Ph.D. explains why in a Vail Symposium program

Dr. Joan Bird presents “Military Witness Accounts, Nuclear Missile Shutdowns and Other Evidence of ET Visitation,” Thursday evening in a Vail Symposium program. She's hosting a workshop Friday morning.
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What: Vail Symposium presents “Consciousness” with Dr. Joan Bird, “Military Witness Accounts, Nuclear Missile Shutdowns and Other Evidence of ET Visitation”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Vail Public Library

Tickets: $25

Information: Buy tickets at the door, or at

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What: Consciousness Workshop with Dr. Joan Bird: Abductees and Contactees: Are they making it up?

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Vail Public Library

Cost: $40

Information: UFO workshop explores some of the most credible literature regarding people who claim they have been abducted by ETs or had ET contact.

VAIL — We live on a pretty interesting planet — at least that’s what beings from others worlds tell people when they visit.

“Contactees are told earth is a treasure trove of life,” said UFO expert Dr. Joan Bird.

Bird is presenting “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” tonight at 6 p.m. at the Vail Public Library. That will be followed Friday morning by a workshop that will delve deeper into the subject.

Many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, Bird says, but a few reports cannot, by neither government nor private investigations.

Bird uses Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Extraterrestrials seem to like more remote places, such as Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.

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She said she is constantly asked, “Why not New York City, where the people are?”

“There has been a lot of activity in New York City, they just don’t tend to land,” she explained.

An interaction exists and is well documented between UFOs and nuclear weapons. “They are more frequently sighted around nuclear missile bases in Montana and Wyoming,” Bird said.

According to military witnesses, nuclear missiles were deactivated while UFOs hovered over launch control facilities on several occasions in Montana in the 1960’s. Movie footage taken from a ball-field in Great Falls, Montana, in 1950 is still considered some of the best UFO evidence ever analyzed by the Air Force, Bird said.

Kalispell Crop circles

Her book, “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials,” is an introduction to people who are new to the subject. She earned her Ph.D. in zoology and is a tireless researcher. Among other things, she has learned that people seem to think there is just one kind of alien. There are lots of different kinds, from lots of places, she said.

“There are some kinds of visitors who prefer not to be seen. One of the contactees was told that they did not want to be seen, and they were sorry he was there,” Bird said.

Crop circles near Kalispell, Montana first caught her attention.

The first one was probably man-made. The following year, about five miles away, there was another, created by some energy source, instead of being mashed down by boards.

You can test for this sort of thing, Bird said. The nodes and joints in the grasses are bent, rather than broken, and continue to live. There are also changes in the soil structure.

“The clay particles within the soil in the crop circles become crystallized — like they do in pottery. Left to itself, that would take millions of years,” Bird said.

She was in the Boulder, Montana, hot springs, relaxing in the water while waiting for her husband when Bird caught her first glimpse of a UFO.

She was wearing her glasses because she didn’t want to miss anything. She saw stars and airplanes. Suddenly there was an oblong light, as long as the belt stars in Orion’s belt.

She has seen lights in the sky that she says she’s 95 percent certain were UFOs, pretty certain for a scientist, she said.

Friday’s workshop considers information coming from contactees, and reflections on what that might mean for our understanding of reality and the future of this planet.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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