“Flying Dinosaurs”

Two new publications have appeared on the little-discussed subject of what is popularly referred to as "flying dinosaurs." These two works, however, are at separate ends of the cryptozoology continuum. One is a non-fiction review of the sightings over North America of pterodactyl-like creatures, and the other is a comic graphic novel. Intriguingly, their promotional imagery is reminiscent of each other. In Volume 10, Number 2 of the journal Wonders, cryptozoologist and the journal’s editor Mark A. Hall tackles living dinosaurs, first in an article about ones that soar. The flying variety over his home continent are detailed. Also Hall [...]

Editors and Thunderbirds

Editors: Expand Your Thunderbird Awareness An Illinois newspaper’s answer columnist Ms. Brenda Story attempts to tackle a cryptozoological question in her "Hotline" column on November 28th, with the standard terrible results. Peoria, Illinois Journal-Star’s Ms. Story was asked by a reader if she remembers the "story circulating around the Peoria area about a ‘giant bird’ that was spotted by several people around the area" in the 1970s. "My co-workers all think that I have lost my mind as they don’t recall anything like that," complained the reader. It is amazing how short memories can be. Ms. Story notes she "checked [...]

Birdwatchers Events Fall 2005

In cryptozoology, we often here the refrain: "Why do birdwatchers never report Thunderbird sightings?" Well, of course, they do. But most of the pressure is to run to the sightings of rare birds seen in your neighborhood, to add to one’s list of birds seen in the observer’s life – the life list. Three such events are occurring right now in the USA. Saturday, November 12, 2005, while I was there, flocks of birdwatchers gathered at Perkin’s Cove, Ogunquit, Maine, which was being visited by a cave swallow (Petrochelidon fulva). I saw it skimming the water, only a few yards [...]