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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Thursday, August 20, 2009

REDFERN WRITES: Chase Caprimulgiformes


It was great to see u again at the WW!

Back in Dallas now.

Thought this from the Cannock Chase might interest you:




MUIRHEAD'S MYSTERIES: Two broods for Duke

Richard Muirhead is an old friend of the CFZ. I have been friends with him for 40 years now, since we were kids together in Hong Kong. He is undoubtedly one of the two best researchers I have ever met; he and Nigel Wright both have what Charlie Fort would have no doubt called a wild talent; a talent for going into a library, unearthing a stack of old newspapers, and coming back with some hitherto overlooked gem of arcane knowledge.
Dear folks,

There has been good news in today`s media about the Duke of Burgundy butterfly.
In today`s (August 19th) Guardian, headlined `Butterfly lovers hail Duke of Burgundy`s second coming` the following story appeared:
"One of the most endangered butterflies in Britain has reappeared for a second generation this summer for only the third time in more than a century. The short-lived Duke of Burgundy usually appears only in spring but a second brood is now flying at Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire, the furthest north a second generation has ever been recorded...." This is a really significant moment for one of the Duke of Burgundy strongholds. Second broods for this splendid butterfly are fairly common in southern Europe but extremely rare in the U.K.." Oates said [Matthew Oates, conservation adviser for the National Trust]...

Originally called Mr Vernon`s Small Fritillary, the Duke of Burgundy was driven to extinction in most of Britain`s native woodlands; the loss of traditional grazing accelerated its decline...Its suprise appearance demonstrated its adaptability, which is encouraging, he [Oates] added.


Once again, another young person in the CFZ has been a grave disappointment to me. There was I thinking that Max, upon leaving school, would sign on the dole, and spend a profitable career hanging around on street corners and wearing a hoodie. But no. His A Level results came through this morning:


And he is going to Bristol University to study zoology.

What a loss to the world of dole scum.

Well done, dear boy, I am ridiculously proud of you.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Cryptozoology news and bad pun coming right up:

Giant panda fans retrace steps of first Westerner to encounter the animals

Unique species of Galápagos Islands threatened by mosquitoes

Smaller birds tied to global warming

Study says global warming shrinks Australian birds

Butterfly swarms trigger quake scare

White tiger dies at Rajiv Gandhi zoological park

Snow leopards, meerkats part of new Binghamton Zoo exhibit

Algae 'carpet' swamps harbour

Brittany's battle against algae

This ‘algal-mesh’ is killing me… No sorry, that’s as far as I’m willing to go with that song, who do you think I am, Darius?