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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, February 17, 2011

YESTERDAY I DID A POSTING WITH THE TITLE `BEWARE OF THE FLOWERS 'COS YOU KNOW THEY'RE GONNA GET YOU YEAH`

I was mildly surprised that some folk in the CFZ had not heard of this. But who cares? It gives me an excuse to play something by the Godlike Mr Otway...

WELCOME TO THE BLOGGO

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/02/dale-drinnon-amphiteresanhingas-in-new.html

It is with great pleasure, and mild embarrassment that I welcome a new blog to the CFZ blog network. I first offered Dale Drinnon his own CFZ blog two years ago, and then promptly forgot all about it. I did the same thing a year later, but now I have finally got around to it....

The first post is another Drinnon tour de force:

I had an early blog that spoke of a "Quetzalcoatl" reported by James Churchward in his Lost Continent of Mu books and that I thought was an Anhinga or Snakebird. And the blog posting includes the line: 'This version of the Flying serpent is actually also demonstrable in Mexican folklore and said to raid livestock. That tradition would also be based on sightings of anhingas.'Read on...

Also

Dale on the latest photos of "Bownessie" on Windermere

CORINNA FINDS OWLMAN IN `LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE`

http://cryptochick.blogspot.com/2011/02/there-may-be-something-in-woods-but.html

HERPETOFAUNA MONITORING COURSE

Dear all,

As SEH-conservation committee we are pleased to announce a two-days course (September 24-25) on herpetofauna monitoring.The course will be held at the National Museum of Natural History Luxembourg prior the 16th European Congress of Herpetology.

The course is aimed at European herpetologists, conservation professionals, and people working in environmental policy who design and run monitoring programs. The aim of the course is to highlight key issues when designing and running monitoring programs. This includes the conceptual and political background for monitoring programs, an overview of field methods and an introduction to methods for data analysis. Additionally, on-going projects will be presented.

Information on the course (topics of the course and speakers), on the registration cost, and on the registration documents needed can be found on the blog of the SEH-CC (http://www.seh-cc.org/blogs/blog2.php/2011/02/14/herpetofauna-monitoring-course-organized-by-the-seh-conservation-committee) and soon on our website under "news"(http://seh-cc.org/news.shtml).

For additional information, please contact herpcourse@yahoo.com. Only requests sent to the indicated email address will be taken into consideration.On behalf of the SEH-Conservation Committee,

Ylenia Chiari

OWL ATTACK

This story is only of minor interest. However, anyone who has read my 2006 book Strength through Koi, which, despite being largely nonsense, has the best title I have ever come up with, will know that one of the few true episodes recounted therein was when I was called in to investigate missing koi carp in Mawnan Smith near Falmouth in 1999. Hmmmm. So owls do take koi....

NEWQUAY ZOO 1979

As readers of my inky-fingered scribblings will know, I have always been interested in an incident at Newquay Zoo in the late 1970s, when a number of animals including geese and wallabies, were attacked. I cover the matter in some depth in my book The Owlman and Others. During my recent bout of flu someone was kind enough to send me this press cutting. However, being less than functional because of the flu, I lost the covering letter. If you are reading, please get in contact....




OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1930 Elm Farm Ollie became the first flying cow. She also became the first cow to be milked in the air. Her milk was put into cartons and parachuted to the spectators below.
And now the news:

Cudmore Fisheries fears catfish will seize unwary ...
Wildwood gets wild horses ready for move to Scotla...
BOW-NESSIE Mystery photo of 'English Loch Ness Mon...

What happened when the CFZ and Jon Ronson went to look for Bow-Nessie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk656VyO1vA