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, September 27, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

No less than ten new posts from the Wild Frontier in the last 24 hours, so I thought I'd better clear the backlog:

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
From CFZ Australia:

27th Midwest Herpetological Symposium

27th Midwest Herpetological Symposium - October 21-23, 2011 -Sponsored By

The event will be held at: Best Western Kelly Inn-2705 Annapolis Ln N.
Plymouth, Minnesota, 55441-Phone: 763.553.1600

Friday Night Ice-breaker
Dav Kaufman (Minneapolis, Minnesota) - "The making of Herpers and Herpers II."
Keynote Presentation
Barney Oldfield, DVM (Hesperus, Colorado)
"Crotaphytid Odyssey

Saturday Speakers
Jeff LeClere (St. Paul, Minnesota) -
Minnesota DNR "Herps of Minnesota"
Jeff Ettling, Ph.D. Candidate (St. Louis,
Missouri)- Curator of Herpetology, St. Louis Zoo
"The Spatial Ecology and Habitat Usage of Armenian Vipers, Montivipera raddei, in Two Different Landscapes."
Tony Gamble, Ph.D. (Minneapolis, Minnesota) -
University of Minnesota
"Describing South America's Lizard Diversity: From
the Field to the Lab Bench"
Salvatore Santelli (Annville, Pennsylvania) -
Trustee, World Chelonian
" The North American Wood Turtle: Personal Experiences with Them in
the Wild and Captivity"
Chris Tabaka, DVM (Battle Creek, Michigan) -
Staff Veterinarian, Binder Park Zoo
"Role of the Veterinarian in Field Conservation Research


Prudence went to the vet yesterday, and was told (actually it was Corinna and Graham that were told) that she is now allowed to climb stairs (under supervision) and climb on and off furniture. It will still be some weeks before she can run about outside again but she can - at least - do most of the things that she enjoys, and which have been denied her ever since her operation...

HAUNTED SKIES: A collection of clippings from May 1968


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2008 Falcon 1, the first ever privately owned spaceship, was launched into orbit by SpaceX.
And now the news:

Shark takes kayak man for a ride
'Heat-Proof' Eggs Help Turtles Cope With Hot Beach...
Frog killer immune genes revealed
Wolf caught on camera trap in Belgium - Video
Not one – but two rare species found at Kent reser...
Lock of hair pins down early migration of Aborigin...
New study says birds learn how to build nests
Deadly bird disease trichomonosis 'spreads to Euro...
Endangered Species Act Protection (Via HerpDigest)...

Graham should like today's vid:

DALE DRINNON: Chupacabras solved!