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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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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

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.




BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF:




9 year old native boy sneaks up on bigfoot, takes 3 pictures!
One of these creatures, now known as Bigfoot, passed beyond the realm of native lore and has become firmly entrenched in modern culture – for we ...
Bigfoot Group Photographed Near Arizona Highway?
Image was apparently captured from the ADOT Freeway Traffic Camera website. Source:: In Other News. Share this post: on Twitter on Facebook on 
Bigfoot Group Photographed Near Arizona Highway?
Image was apparently captured from the ADOT Freeway Traffic Camera website. Source:: In Other News. Share this post: on Twitter on Facebook on 
ABC News
Could this be Bigfoot's family?
The Arizona Department of Transportation captured a cluster of unusual creatures on one of their highway cameras and wondered if it could be a ...
ABC News
No, ADOT did not capture Bigfoot on its traffic cameras
The Arizona Department of Transportation posted the photo below, wondering if a traffic camera caught a family of Bigfoot (Bigfeet?) walking around ...
'Bigfoot' photographed in Tampa Bay swamp
66-year-old John Rodriguez claims that he had been fishing on Florida's Hillsborough River near northeast Tampa when he encountered the creature 
Was the Turner Bigfoot sighting a hoax? Researcher says he got new information
Bigfoot researcher A.J. Marston inspects a footprint — or boot print — in the woods of Turner in a screenshot from a video made by Marston and
The Bigfoot “Teepee” Controversy
On numerous occasions, Bigfoot seekers have reported finding curious creations in areas where Bigfoot has been seen. Essentially, they are 
Something In The Woods
The Ohio Bigfoot Conference May 16th, 2015 recently announced that they will be premiering the new Bigfoot film "Something In The Woods" at the ... 
Bigfoot peeking at game camera?
Our Facebook page has grown a lot over the years, and over the years, people have shared some strange photos on our wall. This latest one was 

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

  • NEWSLINK: Exotic Big Cat Meets its End in Canada
  • US SIGHTINGS: Mountain Lion Spotted Near Redwood C...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Is this the beast of The Roaches?

  • US SIGHTINGS: Using tranquilizer darts too risky f...
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS A NIECE WHO CLEANS OUT HIS OFFICE

    The Gonzo Daily - 7th January
     
    Wher does the time go? The year is already a week old. However, at the moment ennui has not set in and I am massively enthusiastic about everything that I am doing. I know it won't last, but I still have that freshly minted beginning of term feeling.
     
    About twenty five years ago I went to Southampton to interview a band called Pop Will Eat Itself, who were (and are) one of my perennial favourites. I interviewed lead singer Clint Mansell, and then sat back to watch a massively enjoyable gig, during which a half naked Mansell, writhed, rapped and chanted a wonderful collection of often scabrous but always witty pop songs about sex, drugs, rock and roll, and ummmmmmmm more sex, drugs and rock and roll. At the soundcheck, however, they played the old cowboy song 'Streets of Laredo' at the soundcheck which gave some sort of hint that their musical horizons were wider than grebo and hiphop. Dast forward to this morning. I am listening to Clint Mansells's soundtrack for the Cecil B de Mille-esque Biblical epic 'Noah'. It is suitably epic, but try as I may I cannot hear any of the voice of the man who sand 'Beaver Patrol' ("The only way I get my kicks, is go downtown and hustle chicks") inside the enormous Hollywood strings. It is a pity really.
     
    People made a fuss about one of the Sex Pistols advertising butter, and one of the Rolling Stones getting a knighthood. But one of the Poppies scoring a Biblical epic? The world truly has gone bonkers.
     
     
    The Gonzo Weekly #111
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Mice on Stilts, Kate Bush, Three Friends, PFM, Yusuf, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, King Crimson, Elbow, The National, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
     
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#111) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Mice on Stilts on the front cover, and an interview with the band, Doug's totally subjective top ten gigs of last year, we send Lee Pomeroy, prog bass player to the stars to a desert island, and there are shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are lost at sea, whilst Xtul are still causing havoc in the forest. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and anteaters wishing to snooze (OK, nothing to do with dozy edentates, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
     

    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
     
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
     

    * 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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
     
    * 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 infantile orange cat?

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  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)