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, May 20, 2009


More gallinaceous jollity to keep me happy during the long summer evenings...

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

The sharp-tailed grouse is a relative of the prairie chickens. Indeed, all three species are in the genus Tympanuchus. The sharp-tailed grouse's species name is phasianellus, which refers to its similarity to the hen of the common pheasant species. In deed, Lewis and Clark claimed to have shot pheasants on their journey West.

However, they most obviously did not. Common pheasants are native to Asia and a little bit of Europe, although their native range includes a bit of Europe around the Caucasus. (Its scientific name, Phasianus colchicus, refers to its range in the Caucasus.)

The common pheasant was introduced in 1857 to North America. That was 51 years after Lewis and Clark. So the species they shot was the sharp-tailed grouse.