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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Friday, July 08, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Car-Trouble & Cryptids

From CFZ Australia:
Jack gets his hands on a Thylacine
Plea to save Spotted-Tailed Quoll's home
New from CFZ Press: When Bigfoot Attacks!
Big cat sighting at Halls Gap, Victoria
Weird Weekend 2011 - be there or be square!
UNSW to study foraging behaviour of extinct Thylacine
Monster wombat bones discovered in Australia
Mainland release mooted for Tasmanian Devils

From CFZ New Zealand:
OOPA: Was Emperor Penguin colonising NZ?
Endangered swamp bird Boris gets a second chance



This image was sent to me by a Yugoslavian man who claims he captured it while viewing the Loch Ness surveillance website. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated...

HAUNTED SKIES: Prince Philip, a little spaniel, The Popes, and the Village Magazine


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Oliver is away for a few days, but he asked me to remind you all that on this day in 1911 Mervyn Peake, writer of the Gormenghast books, was born.

And now the news:
Rhinoceros head stolen from Brussels museum
Thailand’s booming illegal exotic pet trade is trashing Madagascar's wildlife
Researchers find plastic in more than 9% of fish in northern Pacific Ocean
More than 4,500 fossils found as dig wraps up
Sea urchins see with their whole body
New butterfly reserve in East Sussex to conserve Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Kruger rhino massacre continues
The 14 foot wombat: First complete skeleton of prehistoric monster found in Australia
Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker Who Disturbed Cubs
Get Kraken: Why Scientists Should Study Sea Monsters
Rhesus Monkeys Appear to Have a Form of Self-Awareness
Dolphins 'carried body of drowned victim to shore' in July Fourth tragedy
Chimp recognises synthetic speech
Turtles-at-risk study to be conducted by South Nation


....unique project to save the lives of as many penguins as possible has drawn to a close with a total of 381 of the original 3718 birds safely returned so sea. So the survival rate was about 10%.Scroll down.


Emergency Action for Dartmoor’s ring ouzels

Issued by RSPB in partnership with SITA Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority


Emergency Action for Dartmoor’s ring ouzels

The RSPB has teamed up with environmental funder SITA Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority in an attempt to stem the decline of the ring ouzel in Dartmoor.

Related to, and closely resembling blackbirds ring ouzels are birds of upland areas. Male ring ouzels are particularly distinctive with their black plumage with a pale wing panel and striking white breast band.

This project is the vital first stage in stemming the decline and potential extinction of ring ouzel in southern England. This red listed species has declined by 63% since 1979 on Dartmoor, a former stronghold for this beautiful bird.. Here this project will focus on a remnant population that is hanging on.

Thanks to a grant of over £30,000 conservationists and volunteers will survey the fragile Dartmoor population over two years during the breeding season to research reasons for decline and determine what will be required to sustain future populations.

Jools Granville of SITA Trust said 'The rate of decline has been so steep that it was vital that the RSPB undertakes this work immediately on Dartmoor whilst there is still a breeding population of ring ouzels so that they may implement emergency measures to protect the population. The loss of breeding birds over the past decade on Exmoor and the Long Mynd in Shropshire is testament to the urgency of this work. Naturally we were only too happy to be able to provide the necessary capital for this project to go ahead'

The survey work is being co-ordinated for the RSPB by Dartmoor resident and TV naturalist Nick Baker.

Nick, who has long had a passion for ring ouzels said: ‘For me this bird has a special place, it’s a wild, rugged and windswept place and there is nothing more poignant than its plaintive tri-syllabic song, it is the soundtrack of the remote and secret spaces. Listening to those notes being snatched by the wind on a blustery tor or rugged and rocky valley in spring time encapsulates for me the essence of what is so special about Dartmoor National Park.

‘If the decline continues and this population goes the way of the birds on Exmoor (that have not bred there since 2002) then for me we’ve lost one of the fundamental elements of the moors, without the ring ouzel we lose the beating heart of the Dartmoor.‘

The work is also being supported by the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Norman Baldock, Senior Ecologist at the National Park said ‘The reasons for the decline in ring ouzel numbers nationally are poorly understood, so it is vital that every effort is made to learn what measures can be taken on Dartmoor to help maintain the small breeding population of this special upland bird’.

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.