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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, April 30, 2013

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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.



DALE DRINNON: Florida sea monster, Zuni water monster, Zuni ape, North American lion, Benny's blogs


THE PAPER BY MAX BLAKE, DARREN NAISH et al



And whilst on the subject of Max and the lynx, look what I found:

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ New Zealand:

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOUBLES AS A RHINOCEROS

Richard Freeman arrived yesterday tea time, and will be here for the next few weeks. I always enjoy his visits. There was, apparently, a crisis involving the kitchen taps late last night, so we have no water at the moment. Hopefully this will be rectified sooner rather than later. In the meantime we have various bloggybits for you.
*  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:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
* 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?

LARS THOMAS IS A BEETLE FAN


Hi all,

A little something for the website - this has absolutely nothing to do with cryptozoology, although it is a quite rare and rather strange beetle. Platyrhinus resinosus is a broad nosed weevil, and like so many other interesting critters it is starting to awaken from its hibernation. This is only the second one I have ever found during my 40 odd years of interest in natural history. Weird looking - innit?

Lars


WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

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.

Why did the rhino cross the road?

To get to the haberdasher

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




  • European Commission places a temporary suspension ...
  • Pima County will pay $284,000 to protect lizards a...
  • Gulf Of Mexico Dolphin, Sea Turtle Deaths Point To...
  • Bionic dog can walk again after being fitted with ...
  • Baboons invade home, guys videotape the chaos
  • Longer Days Bring 'Winter Blues' -- For Rats, Not ...
  • Draft rule ends protections for gray wolves
  • Scientists find ancient fossils in Panama
  • Endangered gopher frogs found at new breeding spot...



  • And now for a lovely tune to whistle while you work; a song about a Duchess: