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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Sunday, June 26, 2011

CRYPTOLINKS: The 'Place of Many Dead' - Devil's Lake, Wisconsin

Devil's Lake of Wisconsin has its share of geological oddities such as glacier scratches on unusual rock formations and petrified sand waves of an ancient sea, but it is the Amerindian mounds that are especially interesting. Three major effigy mounds are located in Devil's Lake State Park. One in the shape of a bear and another, which resembles a lynx, are at the north end of the lake. A bird-shaped mound is at the southern end. Did the moundbuilders wish to acknowledge real animals or phantom creature forms that haunted the shores of Devil's Lake?

Read on...

Breeding Panamanian Golden Frogs

Breeding Panamanian Golden Frogs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo http://amphibianrescue.org/2011/06/23/breeding-panamanian-golden-frogs-at-the-smithsonians-national-zoo/

Video of Smithsonian's National Zoo biologist Matt Evans talks about what it's like to care for Panama's national animal. June 23. Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project

LINDSAY SELBY: How easy is it to fake something?

After all this talk about fake stuff to do with bigfoot,I am not going to go into the debate about the face print, footprints etc, I decided to see how easy it is to fake a photo. I took a photo I had taken at Loch Ness in 2000 and added a couple of humps. I have deliberately posted the photo so you can see it has been scanned in so no one tries to use it.

By sticking the humps on a shadow in the water that was already in the photo,I was amazed how real it could have looked if scanned again and especially if turned into black and white. So It is that easy. But the question still remains -why would anyone deliberately mislead people by doing that? To a genuine researcher, this sort of fraud is just beyond comprehension , and means it makes the cryptid a joke, so that very few scientists will get involved in any attempt at serious study.

Modern technology makes it too easy, even a know nothing about photography like myself, can do it.

HAUNTED SKIES: A visit to Devon


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1898 Joshua Slocum completed the first solo navigation of the world.
And now the news:

Big Dinos Stayed Cool
55-Foot Beached Chinese 'Sea Monster' Identified
Tanzania Government ditches Serengeti Highway
$50,000 Reward For Locating Live Ivory-billed Wood...

Ah, Captain Beaky & his band (not forgetting hissing Sid!!!) time...
Fascinating fact: Evil dictator and all round nut-job His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, Uncrowned King of Scotland, Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular was so obsessed with Captain Beaky & his band (not forgetting hissing Sid!!!) that he had a special Captain Beaky & his band (not forgetting hissing Sid!!!) lunch box made to keep his haggis sandwiches in. Of course, because he was a wee bit round the twist he decided at the last minute that the lunch box should be the size of a bock of flats as only a red plastic Captain Beaky lunch box of that size would befit a man of his standing, he was furious when after it's construction the lunch box proved too heavy to move:



A very happy birthday to my little brother Richard - 48 today
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After an absence of nearly a year, Kaye has resumed posting about life at Walland Farm
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