One of Joe Wood’s assistants, Martin Prescot, in the captive breeding program © Joe Wood
05 Dec 2019

The race to save the Santa Cruz Ground-dove

When a hundred Endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild, conservationists rushed to liberate them. But where do you release a bird when its last wild refuge is a dangerous active volcano? BirdLife’s Nigel Collar recounts how the effort united the conservation world.
Pied Oystercatchers at Coorong IBA, Australia © Tom Brinkworth / Shutterstock
03 Dec 2019

The greatest threats facing Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas today

The threats facing the world’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are complex and varied. But thanks to improvements and innovations in monitoring over the past 40 years, we have a clearer picture than ever of the main issues – and the IBAs most at risk.
Northern Cardinals © Steven Russell Smith Ohio / Shutterstock
29 Nov 2019

How one man changed a Christmas tradition forever – to save birds

How did a continent go from shooting birds every Christmas to counting them? Discover the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – a holiday tradition that has transformed bird science.
Ski tourism threatened to slice through vital habitats in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria © Leondeleeuw
26 Nov 2019

10 vital bird habitats saved through conservation action

While it is impossible for us to protect every last bit of nature in existence, we can at least throw our energy and collective influence behind saving those that will have the greatest impact to the persistence of biodiversity on the planet. Here are just a few examples…
Tufted Capuchin © Emilio White
22 Nov 2019

90% of this rainforest was destroyed. We’re protecting the rest

The Amazon’s plight, while serious, pales in comparison to that wrought on South America’s other great rainforest, the Atlantic. Over 90% of its original coverage has disappeared over the last century – but BirdLife Partners are working to safeguard what remains.
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An artist's impression of the Amazon fires this summer © OSORIOartist / Shutterstock
21 Nov 2019

Amazon fires: what happens next?

Images of raging forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon sparked worldwide condemnation during August. Several Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have suffered – this in a country that had been lauded for its conversion from environmental villain to conservation hero. How has this happened?
15 Nov 2019

Is gaining over 1000 new bird species a problem for conservation?

Recent findings have shown that many birds formerly classified as one single species are actually separate species in their own right. But what do these >1,000 new species mean for bird conservation? BirdLife’s Ashley Simkins explains his new study.
Socotra’s Haggier Mountains and Dragon’s Blood Trees
13 Nov 2019

Magical Socotra stands at a crossroads of conflict and conservation

The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever.
Material from worn out t-shirts is recovered and turned into new products © Teemill
07 Nov 2019

The clothing cycle: how our sustainable clothing range is made

Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced, while a truck full of clothing is burned or buried in a landfill every second. Teemill, who produce BirdLife’s official clothing range, are leading the charge against wasteful ‘fast fashion’ with their innovative circular fashion business model. Co-founder Mart Drake-Knight explains how.
The Seven-colored Tanager is Vulnerable to extinction due to forest loss © Ciro Albano
04 Nov 2019

Brazil’s Atlantic forest: putting the pieces back together

Surrounded by a sea of cattle ranches and sugarcane plantations, a few ‘islands’ of Atlantic Forest remain. By establishing a private reserve and working with local people to connect forest fragments, SAVE Brasil is showing that it is possible to turn the tide on extinction.
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo
Just 7% of the original Atlantic forest remains. Pictured: San Rafael © Mily Corleone
01 Nov 2019

How a shade-grown traditional tea is protecting Paraguay’s forests

In San Rafael National Park, conservationists and local people are transforming a ‘paper park’ into community-owned forest surrounded by shade-grown yerba mate agroforestry. This new business venture is set to become self-sustaining, ensuring a bright future for forest and people alike.
Flores Island, Indonesia © Toni Wöhrl
30 Oct 2019

Indonesia’s sustainable candlenut farms: lighting the candle of innovation

Mbeiling forest in Flores, Indonesia is home to a wealth of wildlife including the Komodo Dragon. Our ‘mbelievable’ investment in micro-finance, community ownership and agroforestry is ensuring this unique landscape keeps blooming in the future.
Black-browed Albatrosses out at sea © Unsplash
24 Oct 2019

The High Seas Treaty: taking marine conservation beyond borders

How do we agree on conservation laws in areas outside national jurisdiction? Carolina Hazin, our Global Marine Policy Coordinator, recently spoke up for marine life at a global meeting that will decide the future of conservation in international waters. Here, she recalls the experience, and explains what needs to happen next.
22 Oct 2019

Shy by name, not by nature: Shy Albatross threatened by human interaction

For centuries, this albatross's slow and measured approach to breeding worked just fine. But now, facing new human threats, will this become the 16th out of all 22 albatross species to be listed as globally threatened?
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17 Oct 2019

Novel study identifies key foraging areas of Cambridge scientists

Our Marine science team came up with an innovative way of explaining the concept of marine Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas to BirdLife staff - by fitting them with GPS trackers on their lunch break.

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