Where do I report my UFO sighting?

Where do I report my UFO sighting?


 

Where do I report my UFO sighting?

 

So, you think you’ve seen a UFO! Congratulations!

Now what?

Well, you’ve joined a somewhat exclusive club. Surveys
and statistical studies have suggested that one out of every ten North
Americans has seen a UFO. There are reports on record from a very broad
spectrum of people, from pilots to farmers, and from children to seniors, all
genders, from coast to coast to coast (to coast).

The difference is that this data comes from UFO reports,
and you haven’t reported your sighting yet.

Other surveys have shown that only one in ten of all UFO
witnesses will ever bother to make a formal report of a sighting, so that means
you have to decide if you want to file one or not.

But how? And to whom, or which organization?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one central location to report
a UFO. This, despite the apparent huge amount of interest and publicity and
media attention to the subject. But the fundamental basis for ufology is the
UFO report itself, and there’s not much being done to gather this actual data,
upon which is built all the speculation concerning UAP propulsion, physical
composition, and (by ET believers) the aliens themselves.

I found that Googling “How do I report a UFO” generates
five answers.

The first is “UFO Daddy”, which directs you to the Mutual
UFO Network (MUFON), a private organization of UFO fans that trains teams of
Field Investigators (FIs) to investigate your UFO sighting.

The second hit is a UFO FAQ on HubPages, which first
notes: “According to NASA’s web page,
you should report UFO sightings to 911, or your local emergency number.
However, there is no official government agency that is responsible for
investigating sightings.” However, the web page in question has nothing to do
with UFOs and the original must have been deleted long ago. Curiously, if you
search for “UFO” on that NASA web page, you get one link
that is to an explanation about how an unusual object photographed during
Apollo 16 was actually a long boom and floodlight attached to the spacecraft.
But with no relevance to a typical UFO sighting.

The other three answers are garbage UFO sites with
general comments from readers.

It seems like the first option is the best: MUFON. If you
go to its website, you can find a
link to a page
for reporting a UFO to them.

Done!

Oh, wait, what about the suggestion to reporting UFO
sightings to 911? That’s a very reasonable possibility. After all, that way you
can lodge a formal complaint and you know that police do have investigators
that will do something about it. Maybe you should do that first.

Or not. Because calling 911 about a UFO sighting may take
an emergency responder away from a call about a medical emergency or a heinous
crime in progress. No, don’t do that.

That site also noted that “there is no official
government agency that is responsible for investigating sightings.”

But haven’t we heard in the media and news recently that
there is such an agency? Wouldn’t it be better to report a UFO sighting to an
official body?

I guess so, but how, exactly? NASA seems uninterested,
despite what we found. What about the air force?

The USAF website
says the following: “Persons wishing to report UFO sightings should be advised
to contact local law enforcement agencies.”

That’s funny. I thought the USAF had a task force to
investigate UFOs (or UAPs, as they are called now, apparently).

Oh, it’s the US Navy is going
to be investigating UFOs
. But there’s no indication of how they will
collecting UFO or UAP data, nor how an average citizen can report a sighting.
In fact, Pentagon’s Task Force on UAPs issued its first report and noted that
only a
relative handful of military UAP sightings
were studied. (Only 144, to be
exact.) Its report noted that its investigation: “…remains limited to USG
reporting.”

So although the Department of Defense is going to be
studying UFO/UAP reports to see if any are a threat to national security, they
aren’t interested in your personal sighting. But you might try anyway, by emailing the USAF with
your sighting details. Otherwise, maybe do what the USAF suggests, and report
your sighting to your local police.

Good luck with that.

Okay, what about other UFO groups and organizations?

Absolutely. Many are very eager to get your sighting
reports. Many have websites with online forms to fill out.

A significant one is the National UFO Reporting Center
(NUFORC),
based in Washington State. They get many hundreds of cases each
year reported to them, and their info is open to the public, unlike MUFON,
whose case reports are private. So if you want others to know what you saw,
NUFORC is a good option.

Another is UFOs Northwest,
originally devoted to the American Northwest, but now accepting reports from
all around the world. They also post details of everyone’s UFO sightings and allow
for comments and letters.

A group with a good website is UFO Hunters. They are
exactly what they say they are, a group of people dedicated to searching for
UFOs, and readily acknowledge the work of NUFORC and MUFON. UFO Hunters has an
added bonus of providing an interactive map that shows UFO activity around the
world, and has a searchable index.

The group with historically the best record is the Center for UFO Studies
(CUFOS). It was the creation of the “Grandfather of Ufology,” Dr. J. Allen
Hynek, who worked with the USAF and then went rogue, saying that the USAF
ignored all the good cases.

Of course, other countries have their own UFO groups and
organizations, all of which accept UFO sighting reports. The largest of these
is the British UFO
Research Association
(BUFORA). In Italy, there’s the Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici (CISU), and
they have an online UFO report form you can email to them. A French group, Groupe
d’Études et d’Informations sur les Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non-identifiés
(GEIPAN), is very active and has an interactive website where you can not only report your UFO sighting,
but also triage it, so you might be able to yourself identify what you saw.
There are other groups around the world, and you can search for them online. (Here’s what
Wikipedia says.)

In North America, both Canada and Mexico also have groups
that investigate UFOs. Canada is particularly of interest, because not only are
there civilian UFO groups, but its government also has taken an interest in
UFOs.

The Canadian
UFO Survey
has been cataloguing UFO sightings there for more than 30 years.
An online
web form
can send them your report if you see one in Canada. There’s a
second form to reach them on a
podcast website
.

The Canadian UFO Survey includes sightings reported to a
host of other groups in Canada, such as UFOBC,
Quebec based groups such as Groupe
d’assistance et de recherche sur les phénomènes aérospatiaux non-identifiés

(GARPAN) and Association
Québécoise d’Ufologie (AQU
), plus Canadian cases reported to MUFON and
NUFORC.

The Canadian UFO Survey also includes reports of UFOs
made to the Canadian government. This includes Transport Canada, the Canadian
equivalent of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Pilots are required to
report UFOs as per “AIP CANADA Part 2 – Enroute (ENR)”:

“Communication Instructions for Reporting Vital
Intelligence Sightings (CIRVIS) reports should be made immediately upon a vital
intelligence sighting of any airborne and ground objects or activities that
appear to be hostile, suspicious, unidentified or engaged in possible illegal
smuggling activity. Examples of events requiring CIRVIS reports are:
unidentified flying objects…” (https://www.navcanada.ca/en/2enreng27january2022.pdf)
(Retrieved 29 January 2022)

In addition to pilots, civilians have been known to file
UFO reports as “Aviation
Incidents,”
and there is separate form for drone
incidents
. (Drones have been blamed for many UFO sightings.) These incident
reports usually are available as Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting
System (CADORS). The justification for reporting UFOs is broadly interpreted
as: “Any
occurrence which may generate a high degree of public interest or concern or
could be of direct interest to specific foreign air authorities.”

In regard to the FAA in the USA, all its website says
regarding reports of UFOs
is that: “Persons wanting to report
UFO/unexplained phenomena activity should contact a UFO/ unexplained phenomena
reporting data collection center, such as the National UFO Reporting Center,
etc.” and “If concern is expressed that life or property might be endangered,
report the activity to the local law enforcement department.” The FAA
equivalent to the Transport Canada incident report seems to be
FAA 8020-23
. (You can report a drone
to the FAA
too.)

It is interesting to note that the FAA
Order 8020.11D
has a section on “Spacecraft incidents,” which can be
investigated under Chapter 7(8)e, noting that: “the Associate Administrator for
Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has the authority to conduct independent
investigations parallel to an NTSB investigation, including, but not limited to
the following: (1) Accidents not investigated by the NTSB. (2) Incidents or
other identified mishaps.” So I suppose technically, the FAA could investigate
UFO reports under this Order.

But I digress.

Finally, one has to acknowledge that social media is
possibly the best way to share your UFO sighting with others. In theory, it’s
the most efficient; if all states and provinces had their own separate Facebook
groups for reporting UFOs, it would be a tremendous boost to UFO/UAP
investigations. Unfortunately, UFO information on social media is in a state
akin to the Wild West, with disparate groups that have conflicting agendas
controlling the discourse.

Yet, one can find pockets of interactions that have
useful information.

In Canada, for example, there are Facebook groups where
witnesses in specific provinces report their sightings and others are able to
comment (and criticize and flame, unfortunately). The same is true of most US
States.

You can find many, many UFO videos posted on YouTube
(just search for them), but beware of misinformation and sensational channels
that exploit believers.

Possible one of the better sources of UFO info on social
media is Reddit, where subreddits
on specific UFO topics can provide good insight. In fact, the subreddit lists
some way to report your UFO sighting, including: the National Aviation
Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) (which has info for pilots to report their UFO sightings);
MUFON; The Black Vault; and Aerial Phenomena Investigations (API), which also accepts UFO sighting reports.
(In fact, API notes that:
“It’s fine to report your sighting to NUFORC, but raw, uninvestigated sightings
have very little weight on their own.”)

The other organization mentioned, The Black Vault, is a
site created by UFO researcher John Greenewald, whose primary interest is
retrieving government documents on various topics, many of which are
UFO-related. Nevertheless, his site has a link for
reporting UFO sightings
, conducted by TBV Investigations (operated by Tiffany Hahn, a licenced private investigator
with an interest in the paranormal.)

In other social media, there are some UFO groups and
researchers on Twitter, such as the aforementioned UFO Hunters, among many others. Also, many
people post Tweets with the hashtag #ufotwitter, which has dozens and dozens of
Tweets posted every day.

One thing to consider is that despite the many groups
mentioned so far that have links to UFO reporting forms and mechanisms, some
may not have the resources or capabilities to investigate UFO reports. You may
live hundreds or thousands of miles away from where a group’s investigators
live, and how would they visit you and examine where the UFO was seen or
landed?

Finally, it’s worth noting that if you see a UFO and
report it, your observation may not be considered as useful data for “solving
the UFO mystery” at all. The UAPTF doesn’t seem to be interested in civilian
UFO reports, just those experienced by military personnel and perhaps recorded
by radar and video. The recently formed Galileo Project, which includes a lot
of scientists who are interested in the UFO phenomenon, is not interested in
the average UFO report. Its
founder has been quoted as saying
that: “…the best sightings would be
those that did not involve humans. He wanted instruments to collect the data
without human interaction. He wanted to remove errors that were often generated
by human perception and human bias.”

So there you have it. It’s not that there are no ways to
report your UFO sighting – it’s that there are so many options. Do you want
your report to go the government for its UFO/UAP study? Do you want your report
to go to a private UFO group? Do you want to share your UFO/UAP experience with
others? MUFON has recently made its database completely closed to
non-subscribers, so it’s not open for public viewing, but maybe it’s worth it
for you to open your wallet or purse and join them in their quest to understand
UFOs. NUFORC might be a good bet for sharing your UFO experience and allowing
others to read about what you’ve seen, if that’s your goal.

Maybe you should take care in observing the UFO, noting
all relevant details such as those listed on UFO reporting forms, and hang onto
your information. Perhaps start a “UFO diary” to record your sighting(s).

Regardless of what you decide, you’re not alone. (No, I’m
not necessarily talking about aliens visiting Earth.) Polls and studies have
suggested there are at least 35 million people in the United States alone who
believe they have seen a UFO.

It’s now up to you.

[NB: All URLs were live as of January 29, 2022. Special thanks for Curt Collins and Ralph Howard for their comments and insight. Thanks also to Mark Rodeghier and Isaac Koi.]

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