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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Friday, April 29, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From CFZ Australia:

Search for Tassie Tiger bears no fruit
Orphaned albino echidna gets lucky
Kakapo's priceless genes may help save species
Interactive koala map may help save species
Meet the Cryptozoologist: Matt Bille
Birds taking over Sydney
Are there big cats in Australia?

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods..."
Smokey Crabtree RIP
Supernatural Big Cats


Dear all,

Just a reminder about the herpetofauna monitoring course organized by the SEH-conservation committee. The course will be on September 24-25 at the National Museum of Natural History Luxembourg before the 16th European Congress of Herpetology.

The course is aimed at European herpetologists, conservation professionals and people working in environmental policy who design and run monitoring programs. The aim of the course is to highlight key issues when designing and running monitoring programs. This includes the conceptual and political background for monitoring programs, an overview of field methods and an introduction to methods for data analysis. Furthermore, one part of the course (topic #3 below) will specifically focus on the Article 7 of the Habitat Directive. One of the goals of this course is to set a framework for developing and improving herpetofauna monitoring programs in Europe.

The target audience of the course is beginner as well as experienced herpetologists. Additionally, on-going projects will be presented. Final date for sending application documents to attend the course is 31 May 2011. Topics of the course will be:

1) General principles of monitoring: why? what? how?
2) Monitoring and biosecurity
3) European Habitat Directive: monitoring and reporting
4) Survey methods for amphibians (field methods)
5) Survey methods for reptiles (field methods)
6) Analysis of monitoring data: abundance at one site
7) Analysis of monitoring data: abundance at multiple sites
8) Analysis of monitoring data: distribution (presence/absence)
9) Presentation of a few on-going monitoring projects in different countries
10) General discussion on the topics of the course

Other additional information, including registration cost, and documents to send to register to the course can be found can be found on the blog of the SEH-CC


and on our website under "news" (http://seh-cc.org/news.shtm).

For additional information, please contact herpcourse@yahoo.com

Only requests sent to the indicated email address will be taken into consideration. Deadline for registration: May 2011

On behalf of the SEH-Conservation Committee,
Ylenia Chiari

NEIL ARNOLD: The Mothman of Hertfordshire


CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 45

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world.

This episode brings you:

CFZ in spring
Burrowing owls
Turkey vultures
Giant raptor
Great bustards
Monster of Llangorse lake
Roman pond crocodile revisited
Pike experiment
Woolsery butterfly experiment
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New nudibranch
New and Rediscovered: New fish
New and Rediscovered: Singalese elephants

HAUNTED SKIES: There ain't no such thing as UFOs said the Daily Telegraph in 1955


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1812 the mysterious Kaspar Hauser was born. Would you like to know more?