Cape Gannet populations have fallen by more than half in the past 50 years © Mark Anderson
12 Dec 2017

The ultimate irony: Cape Gannets, famed for their greed, are now starving

The word “gannet” is synonymous with gluttony - but lack of food is becoming a serious problem for the Cape Gannet. This year it has been uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered due to population declines driven by depleted fish stocks.
New Zealand's Bird of the Year, the Kea, has been uplisted to Endangered © Mark Hurrell
12 Dec 2017

Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds trapped, hope for pelican and

PRESS RELEASE: overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
Wandering Albatross populations have halved in 35 years due to human activity © Steph Winnard
11 Dec 2017

Plastic killed albatross chick on nest, bycatch a huge threat at sea

BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2 prompts Marine Conservationist and Photographer to explain why the tales of human impact are the scenes she won’t be forgetting, what else threatens the seabirds she's closest to, and what you can do in response to help
Drones from local company Matarai were used to combat invasive ants © Alice Bousseyroux
08 Dec 2017

Clones vs drones: Tahiti battles nine invasive species to save iconic bird

Pounced on by rats, attacked by Myna birds and devoured by killer clone ants: it sounds like a horror film, but this year the Tahiti Monarch of French Polynesia has reached record numbers thanks to the herculean efforts of conservationists and volunteers, supported by new technology.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton
05 Dec 2017

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no longer Endangered

Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.
White Tailed Eagle © Jaroslav Pap courtesy of Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia

Shot and left for dead: help us put an end to this persecution.

An Endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin found dead in the net of a fishing trawler © Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand
30 Nov 2017

Tangled and drowned: new study links penguin declines with fishing activity

Every year, an estimated 400,000 seabirds worldwide are killed after getting unintentionally snared in gillnets while diving for food. A new review highlights that even penguins – the master swimmers of the avian world – aren’t safe from their clutches, and pinpoints where the threat is most acute.
One to watch: the Guam Rail (local name: ko'ko') © Greg Neise
29 Nov 2017

Is this Guam bird coming back from extinction in the wild?

It suffered deadly declines due to an environmental blunder by the military, then was rescued from the jaws of extinction by conservationists. This year it endured the threat of a missile strike, but what does the future hold for the Guam Rail?
Wayne "doc" Burke (center) with biology students from the University of West Indies on a field trip to the Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge © Andre Williams
27 Nov 2017

Winner of the Pablo Canevari Award 2017: Wayne Burke of Barbados

Wayne is a Bajan shorebird conservationist and founder of the Barbados Shorebird Conservation Trust. He was selected from among several highly qualified candidates as this year's winner, thanks to his drive and dedication.
Although Critically Endangered, the Northern Bald Ibis could be in recovery © Vincent Legrand/Agami
24 Nov 2017

Important new breeding sites of mythical ibis discovered

It has had a dramatic history and was almost lost to extinction. Now this Critically Endangered bird is bouncing back with a record breeding success in Morocco in 2017.
Vatuvara's terrain makes access difficult, let alone agriculture © Steve Cranwell
22 Nov 2017

Exploring the untouched island of Vatuvara

This is the first time a full biological survey has ever been performed on this remote, almost untouched island in the South Pacific. The intriguing and fascinating results have redoubled the Vatuvara Foundation’s efforts to safeguard this lush wildlife haven.

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A captive-reared White-rumped Vulture takes its first unrestricted flight © Jyotendra Thakuri
20 Nov 2017

The big moment: Nepal releases its first ever captive-reared vultures

Watch as conservation history is made: six captive-reared Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures venture out into the wild. This comes at a time when the world is finally waking up to the plight of vultures.
The Toco Toucan is one of numerous bird species benefiting from Guyra Paraguay's conservation © Shutterstock
17 Nov 2017

Guyra Paraguay celebrates 20 years of science and conservation

This Monday November 20th, BirdLife’s Partner in Paraguay celebrates 20 years working for biodiversity with a great concert by Maestro Luis Szarán and the Asunción Philharmonic in the auditorium of the Central Bank of Paraguay.
17 Nov 2017

The Bird Bulletin: Europe & Central Asia

Today’s news round-up from Europe & Central Asia takes us to Greece, Kazakhstan, Portugal and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The Western Area still holds a significant forest cover © Jude Fuhnwi
16 Nov 2017

Did Sierra Leone's mudslide uncover a forgotten conservation promise?

The Western Area National Park is a forest reserve in Sierra Leone that still holds one of the last strongholds of pristine forest in the country and represents a significant portion of the remaining forest cover in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot.
Local communities champion production of fuel efficient stoves © ARECO
15 Nov 2017

Fuel efficient stoves reduce tree cutting in Rwanda forest

Association Rwandaise des Ecologistes (ARECO) are providing the local communities with improved fuel efficient stoves that reduce firewood consumption in households as part of efforts to save the Cyamudongo forest.
flying geese

Migration special: why the long trip south gets longer every year

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