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, May 06, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Idaho Professor To Hunt Bigfoot With Drones

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Jeff Meldrum, an anthropologist at Idaho State University, is spending $200,000 to scan the Cascades with drones. The unmanned aircraft will use thermal imaging equipment to peer through thick forest in search of Sasquatch.
"We're simply asking a biological question: Is there a species of primate behind the legend of Sasquatch?" he said.
Other professors in the field have called any questions about Bigfoot a “waste of time.”


Yesterday my wife and I were sitting outside on our back porch here in North Carolina and saw the most peculiar bird we've ever seen. We see a wide variety of species that are new to us as Minnesota natives, but we've never seen anything like this. It was huge!

It looks exactly like a pigeon (and probably is) however it was 4 times the size of your run of the mill pest seen in cities around the world. It stood approx 14 to 16 inches in height, it's breast looked to be about
the size of a volley ball and it's wing span was approx 3 feet across. I managed to capture a few photos as they (there were two identical birds) were perching in a tree about 80 - 100 feet away.

You can see a photo here: http://www.shoopcreative.com/Giant%20Pigeon.jpg

I've scoured bird sites high and low and cannot find a match for this bird.

Any help would be appreciated.

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:


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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

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  • AUSTRALIAN SIGHTINGS: Does a panther prowl on Pine...
  • NEWSLINK: The Only Clouded Leopard Left in Taiwan ...
  • NEWSLINK: 11-year-old killed by leopard
  • NEWSLINK: Top Cats: How Pumas and Other Apex Preda...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Large Wild Feline Roaming Wooded Ar...
  • http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/panther-florida-2013.html#cr
  • http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/04/australian-big-cats-not-so-alien/


    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.


    And so it is the Bank Holiday Monday of which my parents so vehemently disapproved. It has been a slightly emotionally fraught few days with family stuff that I won't write about, and other stuff that I can't. One of Corinna's cane toads has also died, which is sad. However, on the upside, Graham is mowing the lawn and I have tagliatelle and meat balls for lunch, so its not all bad.
    Our daily visit to the world of Thom the World Poet
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Merrell Fankhauser
    A heartwarming story about Jefferson Starship and a lost bass guitar
    *  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?

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