Mount Mabu is famous for its old-growth rainforest © Julian Bayliss
10 Jan 2018

Five years' success for African mountain hotspot - bring on phase two!

Five years ago, Birdlife International was granted the funding to manage the rich but highly threatened biodiversity of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot. As the first five-year phase comes to a close, we reflect on the successes, lessons learned, and how to make this work last long into the future.
Leda and the Swan, Paul Cézanne
10 Jan 2018

Flight of Fancy: Leda and the Swan

Over the centuries, the ancient Greek myth of Leda and the Swan has inspired art both beautiful and bizarre. We present some of the most striking interpretations of the impossible love between woman and bird-God.
Farmer Itey Phar harvests IBIS rice at Khey Svay village © BirdLife International Cambodia Programme
08 Jan 2018

IBIS Rice: the bird-friendly rice scheme boosting livelihoods in Cambodia

On 27 December, BirdLife Cambodia hosted a Farmer’s Day at Khet Svay village in Siem Pang, to celebrate the area’s first harvest of IBIS Rice. This award-winning project is helping to conserve Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, and its crucial wildlife sanctuary home.
Climate change may be affecting the availability of the Snowy Owl's prey © Francais Cadien
04 Jan 2018

Snowy Owl faces frosty future: classed as Vulnerable for the first time

One of the more eye-catching updates in the 2017 IUCN Red List paints a worrying picture for one of the world’s most familiar species. The Snowy Owl, an Arctic-nesting species with a range that spans the northern hemisphere, has been classed as Vulnerable for the first time.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker
22 Dec 2017

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis

Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
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.

21 Dec 2017

Coming home: the kulan of Central Kazakhstan

Danara Zharbolova from ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan recounts the promising first steps in an exciting project to establish a new population of Turkmenian kulan in Central Kazakhstan.
This year, Spring Alive brought out their first children's story book © Spring Alive
21 Dec 2017

Thinking outside the box: engaging tomorrow's conservationists

Throughout 2017, conservationists have been visiting schools and communities across Eurasia and Africa as part of BirdLife's Spring Alive project. At the end of the year, Spring Alive reflects on some of the most exciting ways of inspiring both children and adults about migratory birds and nature.
Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith (centre) in the field © Te Ipukarea Society
20 Dec 2017

How to highlight bird conservation and plastic waste? Enter Miss World

Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith, aka “Miss Cook Islands”, talks about her passion for conserving her country’s bird species, and how she’s more likely to be found making compost with local kids than wearing heels.
The Indian Vulture is one of three vulture species reassessed in a new paper released today © Sudipto Roy
19 Dec 2017

New study: India may have even fewer vultures than we thought

India’s Critically Endangered vulture populations seemed to be stabilising, but a new study reveals that numbers may be fewer than we thought. Although vulture-killing livestock drug diclofenac has been banned, other drugs, equally fatal to vultures, have not. This is thought to be the main cause.
Peter Magosvongwe , BirdLife Nature's Hero 2017
15 Dec 2017

Local guide looks after his stars

A lot of young people who live in and around Zimbabwe’s Bvumba Highlands IBA know a lot more about birds, because of local guide and BirdLife Nature's Hero Peter Magosvongwe

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"Spoonie" Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a Critically Endangered migratory bird species © Pavel Tomkovich
15 Dec 2017

How Small Actions Can Make A Big Difference

2018 will be “Year of the Bird”, thanks to an exciting new campaign with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We’re calling on you to “bird your world”, starting with discovering why your backyard is a jigsaw piece for an entire continent…
Found only on Christmas Island, the Abbott's Booby is now Endangered due to mining activity  © Sarah Summers
15 Dec 2017

Don't Ruin Christmas: mining threatens wildlife haven Christmas Island

Home to five unique bird species found nowhere else, charmingly-named Christmas Island is one of nature’s most amazing gifts to Australia and the world. But new phosphate mining proposals threaten devastation. The Australian Government must choose to conserve this incredible biodiversity hotspot.
The Black-legged Kittiwake is a symptom of a greater problem for all Atlantic birds © Colum Clarke
14 Dec 2017

Cliffs lying barren: why we can't afford to ignore the Kittiwake crash

“Out of sight, out of mind” - the alarming decline of the Black-legged Kittiwake provides a painful lesson that The High Seas – open ocean outside national jurisdiction – need urgent protection. But hope is at hand with the proposal of a new Marine Protected Area.
The protection of threatened Mediterranean plants will be one particular focus of the new investment © CEPF Med
14 Dec 2017

Conservation fund launches new investment to protect Mediterranean nature

From the huge Dalmatian Pelican in the Balkans, to vulnerable trees in the Middle East and nesting turtles in North Africa, the wildlife in developing countries in the Mediterranean Basin has been given a renewed hope through a second phase of investment by CEPF
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.
Kea © Pavlina Trauskeova/ Shutterstock

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