Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials Extraordinary stories of documented sightings and encounters

ByJoan Bird


Montana UFOs receives top score—five saucers—from Open Minds Magazine!

In 1950, two spinning disks flew over Great Falls, Montana, and were filmed on a hand-held camera. Today, those “flying saucers” in the now-famous “Montana Movie” still defy conventional explanation.

In the 1960s, UFOs were reported at Minuteman missile silos in Montana. In separate incidents while a UFO was overhead, armed and ready nuclear missiles were suddenly deactivated as missile launch officers watched helplessly. The U.S. Air Force ordered these men never to tell anyone what happened.

This book critically examines these and other UFO events in Montana, including reported contact with extraterrestrials. Drawing on recently declassified government documents, historic reports, and first-hand interviews, Ph.D. zoologist and author Joan Bird presents compelling evidence that UFOs are real, have frequented Montana’s Big Sky, and have landed in the state.

This book also introduces readers to significant UFO incidents in the U.S., to official government investigations such as Project Blue Book, and to major figures in the study of UFOs.


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60639-057-3
Author: Joan Bird
Pages: 232



1. Nick Mariana’s “Montana Movie

2. UFOs and the Minuteman missiles

3. Cereal Mystery: Crop Circles in Montana

4. The Canyon Ferry Sighting — or Socorro Copycat?

5. The Leo Dworshak Contact Case

6. The Udo Wartena Contact Case




Excerpted from the “Introduction” to Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials

I have a critical mind with a great respect for knowledge and scientific method. And I am comfortable with the fact that there are some things that science just can’t explain, at least not yet. Perhaps that is why I have always had an interest in those pieces of information that don’t quite fit into the dominant worldview. This is how I ended up studying what we in the trade call “ufology.”

Like many Americans living in the mainstream scientific materialist world, the subject of UFOs was out-of-bounds for me for the first forty-nine years of my life. I worked predominantly in the science-based fields of ecology and conservation. As I moved into writing, a series of circumstances led me through a door I had not previously opened. In fact, I did not even know the door was there.

Although curious about the topic of extraterrestrial life, I was basically convinced it was highly unlikely that extraterrestrial spacecraft were visiting Earth. For the most part, I accepted the dominant viewpoint that people who had these sightings or spoke of contact were deluded and even laughable. However, once I walked through that wall of prevailing opinion, I was astonished to find a vast literature and a mass of evidence I had had no idea existed. Because this is such a huge field of study, I chose to begin right here in my own backyard. It has been an amazing journey of discovery. In this book, I invite you to accompany me as I retrace those first footsteps and introduce you to some of that evidence.

I was surprised to learn that some of the most famous UFO cases happened in Montana. Those of us who live in Montana share a certain amount of regional pride and like to think we know something about the history of this place. I submit that here you will find some missing chapters. Some of these cases are so significant everyone in Montana ought to know about them. Yet their importance extends beyond the state’s boundaries. They are key parts of the whole hidden history of unexplained flying objects on planet Earth.

It is my goal to use these well-documented events as a “UFOs 101” course with regional roots. By putting these local events into a larger context, whoever reads this book will have a good introduction to the study of UFOs and some of its most significant players.

Montana is known for its vast open spaces, sparsely populated landscapes, and legendary “Big Sky.” Much of its original wild spirit remains. Maybe it’s not only the humans who have been drawn here to imbibe it.

"Joan Bird has recast Montana history with Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials, and in so doing has recast our personal and planetary history. Joan is a master weaver of copious narrative, sources, and facts—a scientific historian called to a high quest of illuminating reality beyond, and in some cases underneath our mundane perceptions and beliefs. Joan writes with clarity and ease as the reader is gently pulled into the nexus of her research, only to discover that her velvet hammer has shattered what they once believed could not possibly be true, yet her history verifies its truth. Joan refutes the superficial messages of fear and trauma that ET is on the attack, currently voiced by some of our world’s leading scientists. Fear grows in darkness; Joan turns on the light. She coaxes us, ever so calmly, into an organized, deeply researched array of history, until we let go, to experience and appreciate the fingerprint of UFO, extraterrestrial presence that marks our history, our culture, and our consciousness. Please, read this book."
—Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, PhD, author, Exoconsciousness: Your 21st Century Mind

"Joan Bird’s Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials is a well-researched, meticulously documented, and well written history that highlights UFO activity in Big Sky Country. UFO skeptics and supporters alike will find a wealth of information about a variety of incidents that are clearly described and discussed, and credible witnesses who are brought alive as ordinary people with extraordinary experiences: farmers, missile silo officers, and a baseball team manager. Montana UFOs also documents U.S. government efforts—including by coercion and use of ridicule—to debunk witnesses’ stories and dismiss scientific data. Highly recommended—for Montana and beyond."
—John Hart, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Ethics, Boston University School of Theology; author of Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space

"Joan Bird has written a book that will certainly be of high interest to anyone living in the land of the Big Skies. But, as Montana has hosted some of the most dramatic and revealing events in UFOlogy, it will also be of unusual interest to UFO researchers and to the wider community. The cases it presents are compelling evidence that we share our beautiful planet with the people of other worlds, people who are concerned with our future no less than we."
—Warren Aston, UFO Researcher and Author

Montana author Joan Bird wants to make it okay for people to talk about UFOs—because she believes they are real.

"The topic is getting less taboo as more people encounter the evidence,” Bird said. “Some day, as more and more people who have had sightings and experiences feel free to share them, the lid will come off."

Bird hopes her new book will help pry off that lid. "Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials" is the fascinating result of Bird’s long road to becoming a believer, and her years of research and interviews with UFO witnesses.

"Some of the most famous UFO cases have happened here in Montana," Bird said. Those cases include the extraordinary “Montana Movie” of two spinning disks that flew over Great Falls in 1950 (and still remain unexplained), and the shutdown of Minuteman nuclear missiles by UFOs in the 1960s.

 "The missile events seeded my first thoughts of the need for this book," Bird said. "The extensive documentation of UFO activity around nuclear weapons sites—and the convincing evidence that UFOs have deactivated nuclear missiles—is something people need to know."

The book also examines encounters with extraterrestrials in Montana, including a series of encounters by one man that stretched over decades. A chapter on Montana crop circles includes a wealth of current scientific analysis of the worldwide phenomena.

Bird said that like most people, she spent years denying the existence of UFOs. A trained scientist with a doctorate in zoology from the University of Montana, she said, "For the most part, I accepted the dominant viewpoint that people who had these sightings or spoke of contact were deluded and even laughable. However, once I walked through that wall of prevailing opinion, I was astonished to find a vast literature and a mass of evidence I had no idea existed."

In fact, Bird makes a point of placing the Montana events into the larger context of UFO history, including key government investigations. "Whoever reads this book will have a good introduction to the study of UFOs and some of its most significant players," she said.

Bird hopes the book will help people break through the "ridicule barrier" about UFOs. "I have been astounded at how often, when I introduce the subject, people tell of their sightings or those of close friends and family," Bird said. "I have heard some amazing stories from highly credible people, and it’s not unusual for them to end their accounts by confessing, ‘I’ve never told this to anyone before.' "

"Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials" sells for $14.95 and is available at bookstores or from Riverbend Publishing, 1-866-787-2363.

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