11 Sep 2019

Critical decisions made for vultures, songbirds & other birds

At a crucial meeting in Switzerland last month, governments of more than 180 countries made critical decisions to manage the escalating international trade in wildlife including vultures, songbirds, hornbills, parrots and a number of other bird species. Here are some of the highlights.
© Felicien Karekezi Uwizeye
09 Sep 2019

Using science and community approaches to fight climate change

Climate change is affecting the livelihoods of the population around the world. Challenging situations require innovative interventions and BirdLife is working hand in hand with local communities, who have unique knowledge of their landscapes, to build alternatives in Rwanda and Burundi.
Collared Sand Martin © Frank Vassen
09 Sep 2019

Discover the Collared Sand Martin's unique relationship with quarries

Migratory birds are arriving in Africa, and now there’s a new Spring Alive species to look out for - the Collared Sand Martin. Discover its unique relationship with quarries, and find out how one particular extraction company is making sure this species is safe at their sites.
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW
03 Sep 2019

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed extinct

The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
Far Eastern Curlew © Duade Paton
29 Aug 2019

Marina plan threatens to destroy final stronghold of Endangered curlew

Moreton Bay, Australia is one of the last and biggest wintering grounds for the Far Eastern Curlew. Now, plans for a marina and high-rise residential complex threaten to destroy it forever. BirdLife Australia has taken action – and you can too.
Seven-coloured Tanager © Ciro Albano

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Seven-coloured Tanager © Ciro Albano
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27 Aug 2019

"Our forests are dying" - here's our manifesto

You have probably heard the devastating news about the fires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest – the result of forest protection laws being rapidly dismantled. BirdLife has joined 48 other NGOs demanding immediate and lasting action from the governments of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Common Quail caught in a 'mist net' © Watter AlBahry
27 Aug 2019

Scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East revealed for first time

A study out today, for the first time, estimates the scale and extent of the illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. Using a diverse range of data sources and incorporating expert knowledge, we estimate that at least 1.7–4.6 million birds of at least 413 species may be killed or taken illegally each year in this region, many of them on migration. Worryingly, this is likely to be an underestimate as data were unavailable for parts of the region.
22 Aug 2019

How can eating chocolate protect birds?

A driver of deforestation, chocolate may be even more of a guilty pleasure than you thought. But in Indonesia, one cocoa collective is protecting forests while lifting local people out of poverty.
14 Aug 2019

Tracking down threats

Albatrosses are iconic voyagers, well-known for their ability to glide on ocean winds with barely a flap of their wings.
14 Aug 2019

7 best things about Birdfair

It’s that time of year again! Birdfair — a.k.a Glastonbury for birders, the pride of Rutland Water, the biggest birding blowout in the UK — is just around the corner. We at BirdLife could not be more excited. Just check out some of the great things Birdfair 2019 has on offer!
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo
An artist's impression of the new marmoset species, 'Mico munduruku' © Stephen Nash
09 Aug 2019

New monkey species discovered in rapidly-deforested area of Amazon

The marmoset was discovered in the south-west of Pará State in Brazil, Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’. The researcher who lead the study warns that we already need to be concerned about its survival.
Climate change is affecting 88% of penguin species © Stephanie Prince
07 Aug 2019

Top threats to seabirds identified

Scientists reviewed more than 900 studies and found that seabirds face big threats both on land and at sea. This helps explain why they are one of the most threatened group of vertebrates.
White-rumped Vulture © Vickey Chauhan / Shutterstock
06 Aug 2019

Local people protect Nepal lake by welcoming visitors into their homes

How are the Tharu community helping to protect their lake and the rare birds that live there? Why not visit them and find out! Thanks to an innovative homestay programme, wildlife lovers the world over are flocking to the area, helping wildlife and people as they do.
Rufous-headed Hornbill © Haribon Foundation
06 Aug 2019

Critically Endangered hornbill becomes community flagship for forest

In the Philippines, the Rufous-headed Hornbill has been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and deforestation. But thanks to a new project, it is celebrated among local people, and has kicked off a movement to restore the area’s forests.
Knobbed Hornbill © Onrej Prosicky / Shutterstock
06 Aug 2019

Using education to build a grassroots hornbill conservation movement

Not long ago, communities living around Indonesia's Poayato Paguat forests hunted hornbills for food and used their casques as talismans and decorations in their homes. Today, these communities are on the frontline in the fight to protect these magnificent birds.

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