By Jesse Flickinger
If the X-Files were real, Mulder and Scully would frequent the Treasure State. Although most people imagine Roswell, Area 51 and a certain claw machine in Toy Story whenever little green men come up in conversation, Montana has certainly earned its place in extraterrestrial culture.
Montana’s history with aliens dates back well into the ‘40s. Great Falls is home to one of the most revered UFO videos ever shot, while crop circles and contact experiences have frequented the state through the last decade.
Author Joan Bird said that with all the evidence she’s put together in her new book, Montana might just be one of the most authentic locations for extraterrestrial activity in the world.
“I feel like I’m lifting a lid,” Bird said, “to make it comfortable and safe for these people to come out and talk about their experiences.”
Her book, “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” details the history of some of the best unexplained happenings in the Big Sky. Bird presented a lecture to a packed conference room during last week’s Festival of the Book, sharing her findings and ruminations on humanity’s place in the universe. Bird has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Montana, but was drawn to UFOs after a rash of unexplainable crop circles appeared in the Flathead Valley in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. . . .
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