The Pine Barrens Institute

MIdwest Cryptozoology

About us

The Pine Barrens Institute is an online cryptozoology/cryptid reference site that is based out of Janesville, Wisconsin. The focus of the site is to document and help spread information pertaining to the folklore, legends, stories, and true accounts involving both the well-known and lesser known cryptid creatures found throughout the world.

Our history


The “PBI” was created by Adam Benedict in December of 2015 after spending countless years reading, watching, and learning everything he could about the fascinating world of Cryptozoology.

Originally started as a small side blog, the PBI has grown into a fully functioning website that has attracted the interest of thousands of unique site visitors from around the world. 

our name

The first part of our name - The Pine Barrens - was chosen as a tribute to one of the most recognized and famous creatures within the realm of cryptozoology, the Jersey Devil, whom is said to reside within the famous Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Much like those who have gathered on countless occasions within the Pine Barrens themselves in order to search for proof of the Jersey Devils existence, the PBI prides itself in being a gathering point online for those in search of “monsters”.

The second part of our name - Institute - was chosen based on the official definition of the word itself. The definition is as follows: Institute: noun - a society or organization having a particular object or common factor, especially a scientific, educational, or social one. A body of people with a particular purpose.

Because of our desire (and purpose) to spread true information behind famous creatures, as well as document the official legends and stories which made them famous in the first place, we felt this word was fitting and a vital part in our namesake.

*Note: The Pine Barrens Institute is not a school nor does it falsely represent itself as one.

our logo


Currently, the main logo of the PBI features a hairy unknown sasquatch-like creature set above the state of Wisconsin. This logo was created by Adam Benedict and is used exclusively online as well as having been printed on custom t-shirts, magnets, and stickers to promote the website.