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, January 28, 2013

CRYPTOLINKS: The recent stories about bigfoot vocalisations in Oregon has vertainly captured the public imagination

A word about cryptolinks: We are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Evidence Of Bigfoot In Oregon? Shrieks, Moans Recorded But Scientists Doubtful
International Business Times
There's a swamp in the Umatilla Indian reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, that makes people who live near it nervous. At the end of November residents nearby started hearing shrieks and moans at night, but they were too scared to investigate or even ...
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International Business Times
People Report Hearing & Seeing Bigfoot In Oregon
People Report Hearing & Seeing Bigfoot In Oregon. Posted on: 12:51 pm, January 26, 2013, by Staff Writer. (KTVI) – Late night howls from a swamp in the Umatilla Indian Reservation are the latest “evidence” some are claiming belong to the elusive Bigfoot.
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Bigfoot in Oregon? Strange swamp sounds blamed on Sasquatch (Video)
Bigfoot in Oregon? Strange sounds emanating from a swamp seem to point to the existence of Sasquatch, according to some locals. In a report updated on Jan. 25, 2013, The Oregonian claims the "eerie late-night serenades" can be heard at the Umatilla ...
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Bigfoot in Oregon? Bloodcurdling sounds heard from swamp on Indian reservation
According to an article from Dailymail Online on Jan. 26, 2013, people living in a remote Indian reservation in Oregon are waking up in fear to the sounds of roars and screeches have raised speculations about a Bigfoot in the area. Click to listen to ...
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Bigfoot in Oregon? Residents Terrified of the Cryptid (Video)
Is Bigfoot in Oregon? Some residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton believe that the world's most famous cryptid is roaming a nearby swamp, and they have audio evidence to prove it. According to the Daily Mail, some residents of the ...

Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Eco-Comedy Video Competition
Spring 2013
** $1,000 Prize **
The contest is open to anyone who prepares a short, funny video for YouTube, which communicates a clear message about climate change.
Submissions must:
  • Be humorous!
  • Address the issue of climate change. We are interpreting the topic very broadly, so it includes topics like disasters, fossil fuels, clean energy, wildlife (like polar bears), politics, deniers, and so on.
  • Reach a broad audience.
  • Be an original production.
  • Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
  • Posted to Eco-Comedy Video Competition 2013 YouTube Channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/ecocomedy2013.
  • Submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Friday, March 1, 2013.
There will be six judges representing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Sierra Club, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mill Reef Productions, and EcoSense. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites.
Submissions that are not received by Friday, March 1, 2013 will not be accepted. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 19 at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00pm in the Wechsler Theater.
For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: http://www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm
Questions may be addressed to me at palmer@american.edu.
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Graham's first day of manning the shiny Blog Scheduling desks here at Mission Control, as Jon and Corinna have now headed out on their travels. They left a couple of hours ago, and probably are away for a week. I celebrated my Freedom of the Kitchen by making an egg sandwich, and then turned my attention to the Blog updates. And they are: 

Stephen Stills returned to his Sunset Strip roots to sign a Gibson GuitarTown art guitar celebrating the music and influence of Buffalo Springfield...

CLOSE TO THE SLEDGE - The Ayling Boys...

COLLECTOR'S CORNER: BBC Transcription Disc on eBay

Eric Burdon song premiere - video preview of a new track:

Today's Gonzo Track of the Day - back in time with Herman's Hermits

Another of our daily visits to the incomparable Thom the World Poet

*  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 puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

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:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1887 the worlds largest snowflakes were reported to have fallen in Fort Keogh, Montana, USA. The “flakes” measured 38cm wide by 20cm thick.

And now the news:

Here's a youtube vid that someone claims is the worlds biggest snowflakes, not even close... Epic fail:

CFZ CANADA: Amazing Sasquatch report

Archie Motkaluk is a Canadian born to Ukrainian parents, although much of their immigration paperwork says “Austria Galicia”.  His father immigrated in 1903 and was already married.  Archie is one of 11 children in this family.  The family farmed near Renwer, Manitoba, which is about 20 miles from the nearest “larger” town, Swan River.  Swan River had about 3000 people in 1960.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 65

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 64 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in winter
Killer crocodilians
Animal rescue - rats
Animal rescue - puppy
The saga of the Huddisford frogs
Unseasonal weather
The Crypto Community
Mutant moles
The orange cat
Tales oif Japanese horror
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New monkey
New and Rediscovered: New lizard
New and Rediscovered: New frog