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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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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CARL MARSHALL: Waste Not Want Not!

We’re always hearing how we as humans are ruining the planet with our waste products. Whether it be plastic pollution or resource depletion, we are undoubtably destroying our planets viability to the extent that thousands of species of plants and animals are in serious and unprecedented danger of extinction.

So why then don’t we try to use some of our waste to benefit these unfortunate species?

Well, here is a fantastic example of how we can, rather than simply throwing out our unwanted products, actually use them to help make a difference – to actually benefit species! This fantastic environmental recycling idea was brought to my attention by my good friend Chloe Marie Bell. It’s so simple, rather than throwing out an unwanted teapot, with a little imagination, this unwanted item would make a fantastic birdbox for smaller bird species such as songbirds; the spout even making an effective drainage system.

An old boot would also work.

If we all take the time to think of alternate uses for our unwanted household items such as Chloe’s ‘teapot birdboxes’, we would effectively be helping wild animals, which in turn, would benefit the planet that we all call our home.

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