Greater Adjutants on a rubbish dump in Guwahati, India © AJT Johnsingh, WWF India / NCF
19 Jan 2018

Six unusual habitats that are birding hotspots

2018 is “Year of the Bird”, a year-long celebration in partnership with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab on Ornithology. This month we’re encouraging you to “Bird Your World” by getting out there and spending time with the birds you love – no matter where you are.
19 Jan 2018

HOS/BirdLife Greece navigates political shoals to deliver critical marine

An epic playground for seabirds, Mediterranean Monk Seals, marine turtles and cetaceans – and humans for time immemorial – just received a major boost from the Greek government.
Masterclass participants at the end of training © Jude Fuhnwi
17 Jan 2018

How to design a conservation project: masterclass turns ideas into reality

In November 2017, conservationists from four East African countries attended a masterclass in designing effective conservation projects. This has enabled them to create projects that can influence private companies, public policies, and secure the long-term future of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot
The Dalmatian Pelican is no longer globally threatened due to population increases ©  Bence Mate/Agami
17 Jan 2018

Do not disturb: the life rafts keeping pelicans afloat

A huge conservation effort is successfully reversing the fortune of the world’s largest freshwater bird. But caught in the crossfire on a troubled lake, the Dalmatian Pelican’s new Red List category “Near Threatened” couldn’t be more appropriate
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.
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.

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.
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.

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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
"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…
Kea © Pavlina Trauskeova/ Shutterstock

Red List special: 2017's most important ups and downs in the bird world

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