93% of the Black-breasted Puffleg's habitat has been altered or degraded © Murray Cooper
27 Jan 2020

Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered hummingbird

In Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration programme offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favourite flowers.
Echo Parakeet female © Jacques de Speville
24 Jan 2020

No longer Endangered: the Echo Parakeet’s 100-year recovery plan

In this year’s Red List update, the Echo Parakeet moved from Endangered to Vulnerable – an impressive recovery for a species that once numbered just a dozen birds. But successes like this aren’t built in a day, or even a decade. Find out how Mauritius’ conservationists made it happen.
Suzanne Medina and son release a Guam Rail into the wild © Guam Department of Agriculture
20 Jan 2020

How did the Guam Rail come back from extinction in the wild?

After more than 30 years, the Guam Rail is back: breeding naturally beyond the confines of captive breeding enclosures – making it only the second bird species ever to recover from extinction in the wild. How did conservationists do it, and what can we learn about the threat of introduced predators?
Little Spiderhunter © Bjorn Olesen
17 Jan 2020

Revealed: the proposed global plan for nature that could save the planet

This October, world leaders will meet in China to discuss a new set of biodiversity targets that will decide the fate of nature on this planet. A first draft of the targets was released this week: here's everything you need to know about this critical turning point for conservation.
Lake Kivu, Rwanda is a KBA © Tetyana Dotsenko / Shutterstock
13 Jan 2020

How our network of vital bird habitats is expanding to include all wildlife

The rock-solid criteria we use to identify Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) is now being used as the foundation for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) – a new standard in site-based conservation which expands the concept beyond birds to all life on our planet.
Echo Parakeet © Jacques de Speville

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Echo Parakeet © Jacques de Speville
The Marsh Antwren weighs around ten grams © Marco Silva
10 Jan 2020

Critically Endangered antwren receives its first protected area in Brazil

In October 2019, the Marsh Antwren was given its first ever protected area in the town of Guararema, Brazil. This tiny, Critically Endangered antbird lives in isolated populations on marshland just 50km from São Paulo, the largest city in South America.
Bushfires of unprecedented scale and intensity have raged across Australia since December © bertknot / Flickr
08 Jan 2020

Bushfires update: a message from BirdLife Australia

The recent news of devastating wildfires sweeping across Australia has been hard to ignore. Samantha Vine, Head of Conservation for BirdLife Australia, provides an update of the situation so far, and the urgent actions needed to help Australia’s birds and habitats to survive.
The Blue-throated Macaw is bouncing back from the brink of extinction thanks to a special reserve in Bolivia © Asociacion Armonia
07 Jan 2020

New study: conservation action has reduced bird extinction rates by 40%

We’ve all heard of species brought back from the brink of extinction, but have you ever wondered how impactful conservation actually is? A new study shows that global conservation action has reduced the effective extinction rate of birds by an astonishing 40%. But is it all good news?
During the breeding season, the Madagascar Pond-heron has white plumage and a vivid blue beak     © Gilles ADT
03 Jan 2020

A world first: Six Madagascar Pond-herons fitted with GPS trackers

In late 2019, a team of scientists and conservationists undertook a mission to capture and fit tracking equipment to Madagascar Pond-herons. This ongoing study is building upon the knowledge of the species and will aid its conservation.
© HeidelbergCement
19 Dec 2019

Children’s education programme finds inventive solutions to protect birds

Anyone who’s ever doubted the point of children’s nature education only has to look at Spring Alive. This year, we haven’t just helped to run fun activities – we’ve helped our community to restore habitats and share innovative new ideas to make the world safer for nature and people.
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo

Taking the pulse of the planet

Autumn is both rice harvesting season and migration season for Yellow-breasted Bunting © oLDcaR
18 Dec 2019

Bringing the ‘rice bird’ back to Hong Kong

The Yellow-breasted Bunting used to flock in its thousands across Asia’s paddy fields. Now, due to hunting and changes in farming practices, it is Critically Endangered. A new project is bringing rice paddies back to Hong Kong, along with the birds that depend on them.
© Richard Whitcombe
18 Dec 2019

Explore the latest threatened bird habitats we can’t afford to lose

Our list of Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas in Danger is so much more than a number. Each year we update this list and produce a Story Map, enabling you to immerse yourself in the unique tales of some of these areas. Find out what has happened to last year’s spotlight IBAs in Danger and discover new incredible but imperilled habitats in our latest instalment.
Albatross researcher on Bird Island
18 Dec 2019

Living with albatrosses: Bird Island human stars- Part one

If you have been following along with #AlbatrossStories and watching the nest cams of Greta, you will have seen the extreme changeability of sub-Antarctic weather. We spoke with Alex Dodds, of British Antarctic Survey, living and working on Bird Island, to get her story about living with albatross.
© zilkovec / Shutterstock
18 Dec 2019

Making Japan’s expanding renewable energy sector bird-safe

Like many countries, Japan is making great strides in renewable energy – but at what cost? BirdLife supports sustainable energy sources – but it’s important to locate structures like wind farms out of harm’s way. Read how our Japanese Partner is using science and advocacy to change national decisions.
Indian Skimmers © Dhairya Jhaveri
17 Dec 2019

Meet the river guardians watching over Indian Skimmers’ besieged nests

In India, an innovative community conservation experiment is helping to safeguard the globally threatened Indian Skimmer’s nesting colonies from free-ranging dogs and trampling cattle.

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