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Field Investigator Corner

 
 

4 Steps to Becoming a MUFON Field Investigator


Step 1:

If you have not already done so, please join MUFON at www.mufon.com/joinnow or renew your membership at www.mufon.com/renewnow. Only current members in good standing (current membership dues paid) can be promoted to MUFON Field Investigator status.

Step 2:

Purchase a copy of the MUFON Field Investigator’s manual at the MUFON Store. To ensure that only competent investigators conduct witness interviews, on-site investigations, and collateral contacts with public agencies and others, formal Field Investigator training is essential. The MUFON Field Investigator’s Manual is the basic reference for training. All trainees must possess an original copy of the Manual and become completely familiar with its contents.

Step 3:

Self study the MUFON Field Investigator Manual or attend a training class conducted by your local area state director (if available). To find your local contact visit: www.mufon.com/statedir by clicking on your state. Then complete the open book MUFON Field Investigator’s exam, a copy of which is included in the Field Investigator’s manual. Send your completed exam for grading to the address listed on the exam. Also, please make sure you either email a professional portrait photo of yourself (.jpg format 448H X 336W pixels at 300dpi) to hq@mufon.com or by mail to MUFON, PO Box 279, Bellevue, CO 80512. Please include your name and MUFON ID #.

In order to be promoted to the position of Field Investigator, every member must achieve a favorable score on the MUFON Field Investigator’s Exam (passing overall score of at least 80%). The purpose of administering the exam is to evaluate the individual’s practical knowledge in respect to both potential UFO and IFO (identifiable flying object) reports from the public. The exam consists of one-hundred questions in twelve specific areas: light and optics; sound; electromagnetic properties; measurements; physical traces; photography; radio and radar; celestial objects; atmosphere and weather; conventional vehicles; witness reactions; and the recent history of UFO experiences.

Before engaging in actual investigation stemming from a UFO report, the Field Investigator Trainee needs a thorough grounding in the following areas:

  1. Investigative Ethics. Most importantly, the Trainee must understand and adhere    to the tenet of anonymity (withholding witness identifiers from persons who are not part of the UFO report investigation or its evaluation within MUFON).

  2. Interviewing Methods. Preparation, controlling the setting, the sequence of obtaining a complete account, recognizing sensory perceptions, analyzing witness body language, active listening, interpreting the oral account, and drawing conclusions are all vitally important.

  3. Collateral Contacts. In a given circumstance, the Trainee must be aware of which public officials and/or others to contact in order to potentially resolve the report as a misperception, determine the person’s reliability as a witness, or identify others who may have witnessed and reported the same event.

  4. Technical Background. A working knowledge should be conveyed to the Trainee on the subjects of weather anomalies, astronomy, conventional aircraft (especially lighting configurations), space satellites, photographic equipment and methods, and the soil sciences.

Step 4:

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that once you pass your exam and achieve Field Investigator status that you accompany a current experienced MUFON Field Investigator on one or more live investigations before attempting an investigation on your own. Please contact your MUFON State Director to coordinate mentoring opportunities.


You can find your State Director’s contact information at www.mufon.com/statedir (click on your state).

For Pennsylvania please Contact :

Chief Investigator for Pennsylvania

Bill Weber , Overseeing PA MUFON Field Investigators in Pennsylvania.

Contact Bill


The first step to learning is having a great book list.

Below list provide by Main Line Mufon Participant Paul Schubert

A Wide Ranging List of Topics in Developing Planetary, Climate Change, Personal Development Matters & Ancient Civilizations:

 

 

1/ Precursor Materials: Cosmological & Investigation Areas on the Story of Man:

 

Edgar Cayce's "Story of the Origin and Destiny of Man," 1972.

 

"AmerIndian Myths & Mysteries," Vincent Gaddis. 1977.

 

"Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian" - Ray A. Williamson. 1984.

 

"1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" - Charles C. Mann. 2005, 2006.

 

"American Indian Prophecies: Conversations with Chasing Deer" - Kurt Kaltreider, PhD. 1998.

 

"The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos," Joel Primack & Nancy E. Abrams. 2006.

 

"The Sacred Balance: Discovering Our Place in Nature" - David Suzuki with Amanda McConnell & Adrience Mason. (Updated & Expanded). 1997, 2002, & 2007.

 

"The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time & the Texture of Reality," Brian Greene. 2004.

 

"The Web of Life: A Scientific Understanding of Living Systems" - Fritjof Capra. 1996.

 

"Symmetry: A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature" - Marcus du Sautoy. 2008.

 

"The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal" - Jared Diamond. 1992.

 

"Coming of Age in the Milky Way," Timothy Ferris. 1998.

 

"The Day We Found the Universe: The 1925 discovery that the actual universe is far larger than our Milky Way galaxy, inclusive of the multiple scientific processes that produced this discovery" - Marcia Bartusiak. 2009.

 

"Gallileo's Mistake," Wade Rowland. 2001.

 

"Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery & the Genius of the Royal Society," Bill Bryson. 2010.

  

 "Life Everywhere" (The Maverick Science of Astrobiology) - David Darling. 2001.

 

"The Illustrated History of Time (Updated & Expanded Edition)/The Universe in a Nutshell" - Stephen Hawking. 2001.

 

"Einstein: His Life & Universe" - Walter Isaacson. 2007.

 

"The Making of the Atomic Bomb" - Richard Rhodes. 1986.

 

"Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb" - Richard Rhodes. 1995.

 

"Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" - Jared Diamond. 2005.

 

"Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" - Nassim Nicholas Taleb. 2007.

 

"Complexity:The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order & Chaos" - M. Michael Waldrop. 1992.

 

"At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization & Complexity" - Stuart Kauffman. 1995.

 

"Contact" - Carl Sagan. 1985.

 

"Cosmos" - Carl Sagan. 1980.

 

"The Illustrated Atlas of the Universe" - Mark A Garlick & (Star Maps - Wil Tirion) 2006.

 

"The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet" - Edmond A. Mathez &  James D. Webster. 2004.

 

"The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth" - Steven Harrod Buhner. 2002.

 

"Smithsonian Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Planet" - Editor in Chief James F. Luhr. 2005.

 

"Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago" - Douglas H. Erwin. 2006.

 

"The Search for Solutions: How We Know What We Know About the Universe & How We Know It's True" - Horace Freeland Judson. 1980.

 

"Stephen Hawking:Unfettered Mind" - Kitty Ferguson. 2012.

  

 

1A/ Ancient Egyptian, Middle American & Related Ancient Civilizations Sub-Section

 

"Egypt: Child of Atlantis: A Radical Interpretation of the Origins of Civilization" - John Gordon. 1997, 2004.

 

"The Egyptian Miracle: An Introduction to the Wisdom of the Temple" - R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz. 1963.

 

"The Keys of Egypt:The Race to Crack the Hieroglyph Code" - Lesley & Roy Adkins. 2000.

 

"Pyramid Quest: Secrets of the Great Pyramid & the Dawn of Civilization," Robert Schoch. 2005.

 

"Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt," John Anthony West. 1979.

 

"Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids (Dimensional Analysis of Original Drawings by Hugh Harleston & Historic Illustrations From Many Sources)" - Peter Tompkins. 1976.

 

"Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharoahs" - Christopher Dunn. 2010.  

 

"The Egypt Code: Unveiling a Sacred Landscape/Developing the Pyramind/Star Correlation" - Robert Bauval. 2008.

 

"Forgotten Civilizations: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past & Future" - Robert Schoch, PhD. 2012.

 

 

2/ Personal Growth Areas:

 

"Journey Into the Light," Isha Schwaller de Lubicz. 1960. A modern Hermetic Philosophy approach.

 

"The Politics of Experience," - R.D. Laing. 1967. Laing's work is one of the most exploratory pyschological series of essays of his time. Please mainly look into his chapter on "The Ten Day Voyage," pages 102-117/Chapter 7.

 

"The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond the Self," Michael Singer. 2007.

 

"The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom," Angeles Arrien. 2007.

 

"With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work & Life" - Ken Dychtwald PhD & Daniel J. Kadlec. 2009.

 

"Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich" - Duane Elgin. 1981, 2010.

 

"The Seven Habits of Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change" - Stephen R. Covey. 1989 & 2004. Note: Covey has since come out with a new book on what he considers to be a beneficial 8th habit of personal change.

 

"The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Middle Age" - Marianne Williamson. 2008.

 

"Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work & the Business of Life" - David Allen. 2008.

 

"Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood" - Marsha Sinetar. 1987.

 

"In Pursuit of Elegance:Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing" - Matthew E. May. 2009.

 

"Supermind/Ultimate Energy: How to Awaken Your Supermentality for a More Productive Future" - Barbara B. Brown. 1980.

 

"The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older" - Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD. 2005.

 

"New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time" - Gail Sheehy. 1995.

 

"Deep Survival/Who Lives, Who Dies & Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance & Sudden Death" - Laurence Gonzales. 2003.

 

"Callings: Finding & Following An Authentic Life" - Gregg Levoy. 1997.

 

"The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance & Dreams" - Debbie Ford. 1998.

 

"Working Smart: How to Accomplish More in Half the Time" - Michael Leboeuf. 1979.

 

"Your Greatest Strength" - Grant Lewi. (An intensive look at personal zodiac signs. These individual chapters describe the central strength of each sign together with its opposite, but closely related weakness.) 1946, 1973.

 

"Focusing: A guide/technique for personal transformation" - Eugene J. Gendlin, PhD. 1978, 1981.

 

"The Storm Before the Calm: A New Human Manifesto (Book #1 in the New Conversations With Humanity Series)" - Neale Donald Walsch. 2011.

 

"The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing" - Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham). 2006.

 

"The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life & World" - Lynne McTaggart. 2007/2008.

 

 

3/ Areas of Current Scienitfic/Technological Advances:

 

"The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World" - Zach Lynch with Bryan Laursen. 2009, 2010.

 

"Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid Conversations on Science & Nature" - Ira Flatow (Host of National, Public Radio's Science Friday). 2007.

 

"Steve Jobs" - Walter Isaacson. 2011.

 

"World Changing: A User's Guide for the 21st Century," Edited by Alex Steffen. 2011.

 

 

4/Climate Change & Sustainability Materials (Some Examples):

 

"The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth" - Diane Dumanoski. 2009.

 

"Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth" - Curt Stager. 2011.

 

"Climate Change: Picturing the Science" - Gavin Schmidt & Joshua Wolfe. 2009.

 

"Dire Predictions/Understanding Global Warming: The Illustrated Guide to the Findings of the (United Nations) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)" - Michael E. Mann & Lee R. Kump. 2004.

 

"The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World & What We Can Do About It" - Thom Hartmann. 1998, 1999, & 2004.

 

"Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet & Threatens Our Lives" - Michael Specter. 2009, 2010.

 

"Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism" - Sharon Beder. 1997, 2002.

 

"Hot, Flat & Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution & How It Can Renew America" - Thomas L. Friedman. 2008, 2009.

 

"The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, & Our Health & How We Can Make It Better" - Annie Leonard. 2010.

 

"Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil & Coal" - Michael Brune (A Sierra Club book). 2008, 2010.  

 

"Eating the Sun: Plants Power the Planet" - Oliver Morton. 2008.

 

"Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-friendly Life" - Ed Begley Jr. 2008.

 

"The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift" - Andres R. Edwards. 2005.

 

"Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture" - John R. Ehrenfeld. 2008.

 

"The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities & Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices" - Sarah James & Torbjorn Lahti. 2004.

 

"The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive & Social Dimensions of Life Into a Science of Sustainability" - Fritof Capra. 2002.

 

"Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution" - Heather Rogers. 2010.

 

"Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" - Lester R. Brown. 2009.

 

Note: I also belong to a Chester County grass roots group on climat change - Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection. I have other books on this topic too.

 

 

5/ Extraterrestrial & Related Current Large Scale Universal lssues

 

"Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Coverup," Thomas Carey & Donald Schmitt. 2011.

 

"UFOs: Generals, Pilots & Goverment Officials Going on the Record," Leslie Kean. 2010.

 

"The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration & Awakening of the World Mind," Barbara Hand Clow. 2007.

 

"Supernatural: Meeting With the Ancient Teachers of Mankind," Graham Hancock. 2007.

 

"Extra Planetary Experiences: Alien-Human Contact & the Expansion of Consciousness," Thomas J. Streicher, PhD. 2012.

 

"Cosmic Voyages: A Scientific Discovery of Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth," Courtney Brown, PhD. 1996.

 

"2012 & the Galactic Center: The Return of the Great Mother," Christine R. Page, MD. 2008.

 

"The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman: Health, Creativity & Fertility of the Soul" - Christine R. Page, M.D. 2013.

 

"The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science & Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies." - David Wilcox. 2011.

 

 

 


A Starter Book List

Flying Saucers and Science: A Scientist Investigates the Mysteries of UFOs: Interstellar Travel, Crashes, and Government Cover-Ups - Paperback (Jun 1, 2008) by Stanton T. Friedman, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and Dr. Bruce Maccabee


UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973

by Richard M. Dolan


Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction by Stanton T. Friedman and Kathleen Marden


The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects: By The Former Head Of Project Blue Book by Edward J. Ruppelt


Other authors to research

Dr. J. Allen Hynek

Dr. Jacques Vallee

Dr. James McDonald

Major Donald E. Keyhoe

John Keel

Tom Carey & Don Schmidt

Kathleen Marden

Peter Robbins

 

Jennifer Stein and colleagues investigating crop circles near Avebury England in 2010.

MUFON PA DIRECTORS


MAIN LINE PHILA Area

Jennifer W. Stein

State Section Director

Phila. western suburbs

Main Line MUFON Coordinator

Contact Jennifer

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John Ventre

PA State Director PA MUFON

S. W. PA  Pittsburgh area

www.johnventre.com


Chief Investigator

Bill Weber , Overseeing PA MUFON Field Investigators in Pennsylvania.

Contact Bill


Fred Saluga

State regional Director

Western PA, & West Virginia

Donna Luther

MUFON State Section Director,

Section One

Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, Bucks, Lehigh, Carbon & Northhampton


Julia Weiss: State Section Director,  Section Two: Chester, Lancaster, York, Adams, Perry and Dauphin


Dan Medleycott

State Section Director, Section Three

Berks Lebanon, Schuylkill, Norhtumberland,


Mark Zmigrodski State Section Director, Section Four.

Monroe, Pike, Luzerne, Wyoming


John Weaver

State Section Director, Cumberland County


Bob Behanna

State Section Director, Section Five, Blair, Cambria, Somerset


George Medich

State section Director, Section Six, Fayette, Green, Washington, Allegheny,


Sam Colosimo

State Section Director, Section Seven

Westmoreland, Indiana, Clarion


Terri Seech

State Section Director, Section Eight,

Beaver, Lawrence, Butler, Center


Juan Carlos Tercero

State Section Director,

Section Nine, Erie, Crawford, Warren, Forest, McKean, Elk, Potter,