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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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

FAUNA FOREVER: Now recruiting

Recruiting Now for 2011: Fauna Forever needs you to join its teams of researchers, ecologists and conservationists in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru! You can choose your team: insect, herpetofauna, mammal or bird team, or mix it up

The Madre de Dios region in Peru holds an area of the Amazon Rainforest with incomparable biological diversity. Paradoxically, it is also an epicenter of destructive illegal gold mining, rapidly widening deforestation along the newly paved Trans-Amazonica highway, oil & gas exploration, as well as hunting & illegal logging. Join us in the midst of this dynamic part of the world to experience these effects first-hand & be a part of the huge achievements being made every day by leading conservation organizations working together to discover and protect the exceptional diversity and unforgettable beauty of this part of the rainforest.

Since 1997 Fauna Forever's flagship project, Fauna Forever Tambopata (FFT), & its experienced team have trained over 200 volunteers in wildlife monitoring techniques such as mist-netting, unbounded line transects, quadrat surveys, remote camera trapping, species identification, footprint traps & much more; leading towards a better understanding of the natural dynamics of wildlife populations & the impacts they encounter through human activities. While being guaranteed to have many close encounters with a huge variety of Amazonian species & working alongside scientists at the forefront of research & conservation work in Peru, participation on the FFT project will significantly enhance your abilities to (i) undertake field research in a tropical environment, (ii) identify Amazon rainforest species, (iii) understand the biodiversity conservation challenges affecting the Peruvian Amazon today, & (iv) appreciate what it really takes to do quality research in a humid tropical lowl!
and rainforest ecosystem.

Choose your team: Choose to work on the insect, herpetofauna, mammal or bird team, or mix it up
Join us as a volunteer or an intern, & not only will you aid in the ongoing study and protection of the rainforest through your dedicated time & active participation, but also by giving a donation by means of a placement fee. The placement fee not only covers all your food, lodging, boat & taxi transport, training & certification, but also helps keep our charity running into the future!

Phase 11.1 : 24 Jan - 13 Feb 2011 (US$1,300)
Phase 11.2 : 13 Feb - 04 Mar 2011 (US$1,300)
Phase 11.1+2 Combo : 24 Jan - 04 Mar 2011 (US$2,150)
Phase 11.3 : 10 Mar - 30 Mar 2011 (US$1,300)
Phase 11.4 : 30 Mar - 18 Apr 2011 (US$1,300)
Phase 11.3+4 Combo : 10 Mar - 18 Apr 2011 (US$2,150)

Internships: Tell us where your strengths and interests lie. Choose your own study. Come and live with us for a while! Email us for fees and more information.

Fee *does not* include flights nor travel insurance (compulsory).

For more information please visit http://www.faunaforever.org/ or email info@faunaforever.org

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

They gotta be freakin outta their minds. What do they think, we're MADE out of money or something???