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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Monday, April 29, 2013

DOUG SHOOP: North Carolina Goldfinches

Thought I’d share a couple shots of a Goldfinch visiting our thistle feeder here in North Carolina.
I used my high speed –multiple shot ( 8 frames per second) shutter mode and captured some interesting shots.

BISH BOSH: I so want them

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In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

Fields project is just right to save the twite


I spent most of yesterday asleep. I woke up to do the blogs, and do a brief bit of computer fiddling about for my mate the Tory town councillor (although, with my well known views on the subject it goes against the grain to admit that I actually HAVE a mate who is a Tory town councillor). After going back to sleep again I got up to interview the lovely Liz Lenten about her forthcoming album (I have heard the demos and they are stunning) and then drank brandy with Graham, and listened to the new album by 'Days between Stations', which features various 'Yes', 'King Crimson' and 'XTC' alumni, and is really rather good. A big thank you to Billy James for sending it to me. I then went back to sleep. A good day!

Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Helen McCookerybook
And whilst on the subject of Helen, check out one of her next projects
John Shuttleworth goes amphibious, and as I believe that we are the only people in Britain to have succesfully bred Typhlonectes natans I cannot help but applaud him

*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:

* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats?

DALE DRINNON: More Loch Ness plesiosaurs, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

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Oll is having computer problems, so for the next few days Yesterday's News Today will be done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

How many rhinos does it take to change a light bulb? Nine!

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha! Now for the news...

  • Giant skate: Powys angler David Griffiths' 107kg f...
  • Genetic study finds Ice Age salmon refuge
  • New training and accreditation for UK whale watch ...
  • Rescue Me: New Study Finds Animals Do Recover from...
  • Camel Burgers Go On Sale in the Netherlands
  • Surprise – Beavers fell trees near the water’s edg...
  • Lions released into Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Whales Are Able to Learn from Others: Humpbacks Pa...

  • And now for a lovely tune to whistle while you work; an avant garde epic about skin disease: