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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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History.

            Press Release 1/31/14---Amber Publishing (Ft. Myers, FL) and Ralph Curtis Publishing (Sanibel, FL) have joined resources to publish the new four-color book,Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History.
            This beautifully illustrated book was written by retired Sanibel sea turtle biologist Charles LeBuff and herpetologist Chris Lechowicz of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Their book summarizes more than a 50-year study on the herpetofauna of Southwest Florida and in particular the two famous barrier islands. All amphibians and reptiles that have been documented on Sanibel and Captiva islands are included, and a four-species supplemental list is appended for historical purposes.
Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands Florida: A Natural History is totally unlike contemporary books on the subject in that it is not an ordinary “field guide,” but a readable reference book that brings history and biology into perspective. The book is a crowning achievement for the authors and a major contribution to the herpetology of Florida.
The authors called on Bill Love and Daniel Parker, both well-known herpetological photographers, to photograph animals for their book. Both men contributed their finest work, and the result is remarkable.
In total, this book contains 118 color plates, 20 color range maps, seven color and black and white maps, and five black and white historical illustrations. The book is published in the flexi-bound cover style and contains 304 pages (including Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, a Cited Literature section, and two indexes. The book measures 7.75 by 10.25 inches overall. C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr. Ph.D. a prominent scientist affiliated with the University of Florida writes the Foreword.
The publishers encourage direct sales and will ship only autographed copies. This book is priced at a reasonable $29.95. U.S. purchasers should include $4.00 for shipping costs—a total of $33.95. Online purchasers who wish to use credit cards via PayPal will find an order link at:

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