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, March 10, 2016

Next New York Turtle & Tortoise Society Meeting

Next New York Turtle & Tortoise Society Meeting

“Wood and Box Turtle Study in the Patterson Great Swamp” 
by Michael Musnick and John Foley 

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m.
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
West 86th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan
(Please use side entrance on 86th Street).

Long-time NYTTS member and citizen scientist Michael Musnick has spent the last 14 years studying wood and box turtles, and this is his 11th season following them with radio tracking equipment. His main interest has been to determine where they hibernate, estivate and nest. He has monitored their yearly survival, and nesting site fidelity, reproductive fitness of females, with special focus on juveniles as indicators of recruitment. He has examined reasons for mortality and has made efforts to stem that loss.

Co-presenting this talk will be John Foley, also a member of NYTTS, who has worked closely with Michael on this study for the last seven years and has shared responsibility for collecting the data on wood, box, and bog turtles. John is cur­rently head naturalist at Great Hollow Nature Preserve, an 825 acre wildlife sanctuary in Fairfield County, Connect­icut. He has also worked with the Con­necticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

NYTTS has found a new meeting place. The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is an open and affirming congregation that hosts a number of social service and performing arts programs. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is just steps from the 86th Street subway station on the No. 1 train (Broadway line). Please use side entrance on the 86th Street.


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.


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.


After Hours With Special Bigfoot Guest Dr. John Bindernagel Part 2
There are very few living legends in the world of Bigfooting and Dr. John Bindernagel is one of them. On this episode of After Hours we ask, is Bigfoot's ...

Bigfoot And Marijuana Does Sas Like Grass?
The Crypto Blast takes a look at an unusual situation when bigfoot was to blame for the escape of illegal pot growers in the state of Texas.

Witness Talks About Multiple Encounters In Western Pennsylvania
From Bigfoot Eyewitness Radio: Jeff Szemecki. Tonight's guest, Jeffrey Szemecki, is a life-long outdoorsman who has spent a lot of time in the woods ...

North Alabama Bigfoot Researcher Offers Advice On How To Find Bigfoot
The North Alabama Bigfoot Society, or NABS, offered up this sage advice for newcomers to bigfooting. A popular opinion is that bigfoot communicate ...

Bigfoot Expedition Near Kalispell Montana
Bigfoot Expedition Near Kalispell Montana posted by Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization ... Expedition to a Montana Bigfoot sighting hot spot.

Bigfoot Researcher Goes missing after recording REAL Sasquatch Footage.
Bigfoot Researcher Goes missing after recording REAL Sasquatch Footage. Eat-Drink-Man-Woman.


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
I have said before in these pages that computers are the work of the devil! Today this assersion is more true than ever. Graham tried manfully to upgrade the CPU of my new machine and then to upgrade the RAM (by which I mean something to do with computers and not a male sheep) but to no avail. After all this buggering about (and I want to stress that none of this was Graham's fault and that he tried manfully under difficult circumstances I thought things were going to get easier. Enter my part time secretary - the lovely Marianne. Every Wednesday she comes to help me with my weekly letters. But it's Thursday, you say, but that's another story!
The third computer in my office is even worse than the other two, dear Marianne bought along her laptop only the laptop spell checker was doing all sorts of particular things and now it is not working at all. Sometimes I think that CFZ computers truly are the work of the devil!
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rachmaninoff: Symphony...
Legendary John Mayall bringing the blues to the Na...
Eric Burdon of the Animals hopes to see a buyer at...
Yes, “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” from Fra...
Gonzo Magazine #172
4th Eden, Stargrace, American Football, Chaos Chaos, Smoosh, David Crosby, Matt Miller, aka Matisyahu, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
4th Eden and Stargrace are on the front cover, together with an interview with 4th Eden inside. Doug writes about American Football, Richard writes about Matt Miller, aka Matisyahu, while Jon gets all concerned about Chaos Chaos, and grumpy about Words with Friends. We review a book by David Crosby. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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!!!
This issue features:
Smoosh, Chaos Chaos, Bob Dylan, David Lee Roth, Izzy Stradlin, Elton John, Ginger Baker, Rolling Stones, Rick Wakeman, David Bowie, Pedal Giant Animals, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Keith Leven, Lennie Baker, Frank Kelly, Gordon Ranney, James Atkins, Gregg Kofi Brown, Billy Cobham, Kevin Ayres featuring Ollie Halsall, Country Queens, Robert Calvert, Greg Harris, The Kentucky Colonels, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes and Susie Honeyman, Martin Eve, 4th Eden, Marianne Holland, American Football, John Keeling, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Richard Stellar, Matt Miller (Matisyahu), Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Tim Blake, xtul, David Crosby, John Lennon, Joy Division, The Beatles, Sandy Shaw, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, David Bowie, Radogost
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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.co.uk
* 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. 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, and the adventurous kittens?

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

A Loch Ness cruise trip company has invested £1.4million in a new catamaran aimed at monster hunters. Family run business Cruise Loch Ness ...


ON THIS DAY IN 0241 BC - The Roman fleet sank 50 Carthaginian ships in the Battle of Aegusa. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Tiny dragonfly destroys records for insect migrati...
  • Why do chimpanzees throw stones at trees?
  • Video: Sea Shepherd Launches Viral Video of Whale ...
  • Nature Improvement Areas: Thousands more hectares ...
  • 99-million year old lizards trapped in amber give ...

  • Decision to end funding of local environmental rec...
  • 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)