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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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Why is the Robin’s breast red? Why are any of the parts of any birds colorful? To make it easier for birders to identify them, of course!

But seriously, Science has a more interesting set of answers, and some recently published research on European Robins helps to examine this question in some detail.

Read on...


The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure. Only four pairs bred this year - the lowest population since the 1960s, when they made a comeback after being exterminated. A report says that England could support 320 pairs!

What's happening to hen harriers - and what we're going to do


This may be a long shot, I don't know. Is there anyone out there who is conversant with Yabb bulletin board software? We have a large amount of data that we want to retrieve from our old forum, which died a death some years ago...

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 28.10.53

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1894 Alfred Dreyfus was wrongly convicted in France, beginning the Dreyfus Affair ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_affair ).

And now the news:

Butterflies Bamboozled by 2011's Weird Weather
190 plants face pirates’ threat
DNA in a Cup of Water Reveals Lake Denizens
Leopards reintroduced into Malawi's Majete reserve...
'Truce' benefits bird neighbours
String of smuggling attempts foiled in Jakarta
After Century's Absence, Seabirds' Return Surprise...
Pygmy hippo caught on camera in Liberia
Nitrogen from Humans Pollutes Remote Lakes for Mor...
Russia bans imports of Canadian seal products
Dingo baby case that divided a nation could be clo...
Titanosaur bone found in Antarctica

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