Researchers used drone technology, satellite imagery and good, old-fashioned counting © Christian Aslund
18 Jan 2021

How a new network of Marine Protected Areas would help penguins

Since explorers first set eyes on Antarctica over 200 years ago, human activity has been impacting its wildlife. A new study led by BirdLife pinpoints some of the most important sites for penguins in Antarctic waters, adding weight behind the proposal to instate a network of Marine Protected Areas.
Traslasierra National Park plays host to the Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Near Threatened) © Tony Morris / Flickr
13 Jan 2021

Major national park expansion for South America’s other big forest

Great news for the Gran Chaco, South America’s second largest forest and home to a host of rare and threatened species. This year, a major national park in Argentina will expand its size by almost 50% – benefiting both wildlife and local livelihoods.
Western Red Colobus © Peter Ichman
12 Jan 2021

Saving the Gola Forest: reimagining forest conservation in West Africa

In Sierra Leone and Liberia, a new forest conservation initiative is being implemented through a collaborative approach, to save one of West Africa’s few remaining tropical forests.
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Endangered) in courtship display © Ben Dilley
07 Jan 2021

Namibian fishery reduces seabird deaths by 98%

After over a decade of work with the country’s fishing industry, the Albatross Task Force in Namibia are celebrating a major conservation success. A new paper shows that seabird deaths in the Namibian demersal longline fishery have been reduced by 98%, which equates to 22,000 birds saved every year.
The Sarus Crane can reach six feet tall © Jonathan Eames
05 Jan 2021

Second chance for Cambodia’s big birds

For a suspenseful three years, Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary seemed doomed. But now, changed policies, changed hearts and a new organic rice scheme promises hope for the forest landscape’s villagers, businesses and giant birds.
Knobbed Hornbill, BirdLife International

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Madagascar pond-heron with internuptial plumage © Gilles ADT
22 Dec 2020

Restoring wet meadows to protect the Madagascar pond-heron in Mayotte

Wet meadows are critical reservoirs of biodiversity, but they have declined in Mayotte due to pollution, urbanization and invasive species, among others. Restoration efforts have been ongoing since August 2020 to protect critical breeding sites for the Madagascar Pond-heron.
© Nature Mauritanie
22 Dec 2020

6 ways we’ve kept the Spring Alive spirit strong in 2020

2020 has been a year like no other. Spring Alive, our children’s education programme, had to make a lot of changes – but thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of our Partners, teachers and volunteers, we’ve still succeeded in inspiring and educating young minds. Here, we showcase just a few examples.
The Secretarybird is now Endangered © Johan Swanepoel / Shutterstock
21 Dec 2020

Red List 2020: why are iconic African savannah raptors declining?

Some wildlife encounters are unforgettable. But this year’s Red List update brings news that three captivating African raptor species are declining alarmingly fast due to multiple threats. Urgent action is needed to ensure these icons of the savannah don’t only exist as memories.
© Laurentiuss / Shutterstock
18 Dec 2020

Crucial Steps towards Bird-safe Energy Infrastructure in Ethiopia

Under the National Electrification Program, Ethiopia will build thousands of new power lines in the next five years, which could have a terrible impact on birds. We are fighting hard to ensure the use of bird-safe poles design... and we can already celebrate several successes!
The Red-legged Partridge is now Near Threatened due to over-hunting and habitat loss © Pierre Dalous
18 Dec 2020

Red List 2020: seven things you might have missed

The carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may soon need to become one verse shorter as a European partridge is listed as Near Threatened. Meanwhile, paradise is restored for one flycatcher, proving that conservation can achieve great things. Explore these and more in our round-up of fascinating under-the-radar findings from this year’s Red List update…

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The American Wigeon's population is declining due to habitat loss © Andrew A Reding / Flickr
16 Dec 2020

Waterfowl winter refuge Fraser River Delta risks being lost forever

This winter, like every winter before it, thousands of ducks, geese and swans will gather to weather the cold at Fraser River Delta, Canada. But for how long? With a shipping terminal mega-expansion on the horizon, our Canadian Partners are campaigning to save this vital habitat – and you can help.
The Andean Condor is now classed as Vulnerable to extinction © reisegraf.ch / Shutterstock
14 Dec 2020

Red List 2020: Andean Condor heads list of raptors in steep decline

Poisoned, poached, persecuted – iconic raptors such as the Andean Condor, Secretarybird and Martial Eagle have moved to higher threat categories in this year’s update to the IUCN Red List, sparking fears that the crisis that brought many Asian and African vultures to the edge of extinction has spread to new continents and species.
The European Bison has moved from Vulnerable to Near Threatened © Rafał Kowalczyk
10 Dec 2020

Red List 2020: European Bison recovers amid 31 extinctions

In this year’s update to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, the recovery of the European Bison shows the true power of conservation. But with 31 extinctions announced and all of the world’s freshwater dolphin species now globally threatened, it’s never been more urgent to ramp up action.
San Cristóbal Mockingbird © Mike's Birds
08 Dec 2020

Latest research: hope for threatened island birds, vulture poison crisis

Join us for a bite-sized round-up of advances published in our journal Bird Conservation International. Highlights include a species that’s learning to live alongside humans, the positive impacts of protected areas, and the next urgent challenge…
The Golden White-eye pollinates many of the islands' plants © Peter / Flickr
03 Dec 2020

Golden White-eye dodges danger of invasive snake

For years, conservationists feared that this tiny songbird would fall prey to invasive tree snakes that had decimated bird populations on nearby islands. Thankfully, biosecurity measures seem to be holding back the invasion, bringing hope for this Critically Endangered species.
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo

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