Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Earth Hour

I just received this email from Don, the founder of the Tortoise First forum
The World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions. Go to http://www.earthhourus.org/main.php to learn more.
While I seriously doubt that this action is likely to have any tangible effect on fuel consumption, it will, hopefully have a symbolic effect. We do need to use the resources of our planet with much greater care and concern for the implications. I'm all for it.


Syd said...

If everyone who possibly can, takes part world wide, it may well have a tangible effect.
Recently, on the night of February 18th, BBC Radio Nottingham organised a power switch off in the Nottinghamshire area between 9pm to 6am. All they asked was for folks (including businesses, local authority and government departments) to actually switch off lights and things they were not using (rather than leaving thigs in stand by mode and the electricity suppliers metered the results. These results can be found at
It seems we saved 14,150 kilowatt hours of electricity. With results like that from one small county, if it was done all over the world, even for just one hour, think what the saving might be.

CareforNature said...

Thanks for promoting Earth Hour! Another way you can recruit people to the cause is by creating a Earth Hour group on Commit21.com. Simply create a group about one action that you will commit to do for Earth Hour and recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to get involved in that action as well. When it comes to climate change, simple actions can make huge differences and Commit21 leverages social media to influence networks of friends, family, and co-workers. Check it out at http://www.commit21.com/