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News Overview

BirdLife and Lynx publish first ever illustrated world bird checklist

Fri, 22/08/2014 - 10:00

Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World . The checklist classification...

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Birdfair big weekend helping to protect our oceans

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 05:00

This year’s British Birdwatching Fair, the world’s largest event for nature, is raising funds to help BirdLife International to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Worldwide United Kingdom Marine

New population of Critically Endangered Parakeet Found in north-east Brazil

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 09:29

A team of young conservationists in Ceará state, north-east Brazil, has discovered a small population of five Grey-breasted Parakeet.

Americas Brazil Preventing Extinctions - Americas

BirdLife International announces new Chief Executive

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 09:53

BirdLife has announced the appointment of Patricia Zurita as the new Chief Executive of the BirdLife International Partnership. Currently Executive Director of...

Worldwide

Helping Nepal to deliver on its conservation targets

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 14:31

Policy makers are paying increasing attention to ecosystem services (the benefits that nature provides, such as clean water and crop pollination), given the importance to peoples’ lives.

Worldwide Capacity Development - Asia

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 00:10

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time, with more than 25% being classed as threatened with extinction

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Great step forward for seabirds in Spain

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:17

Spain has officially established 39 new marine protection areas. The new sites are ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs), designated under the European Birds Directive. The SPAs will offer protection to seabirds whilst they are at sea, complementing the existing network of sites on land.

Europe and Central Asia Spain Seabirds and Marine - Europe and Central Asia

Saving seabirds, empowering women: the Albatross Task Force gains momentum

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:53

In Namibia, a huge positive shift in momentum for seabird conservation - which also means great news for local Namibian women - all due to the Albatross Task Force.

Worldwide Namibia Local Empowerment

New maps change the conservation landscape

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 11:26

Maps not only give BirdLife the bird’s eye overview it needs to plan action for nature, but they allow us to lobby and influence businesses and governments across the world. BirdLife celebrates a decade-long partnership with ESRI, the leading GIS software provider, by attending the ESRI User Conference and looking at the crucial value of mapping for our conservation work.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

High-seas heroes recognised for their success!

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 08:28

Our Albatross Task Force (ATF) in South Africa has reduced the death of albatrosses in local fisheries by more than 90% and is receiving well-deserved attention.

Worldwide South Africa Marine

Scientists confirm worst fears: new EU Policy on Agriculture is bad for nature

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 10:38

“The EU failed to stand to the promises of greening the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)”: these are the conclusions of the academic...

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 10:48

The IUCN Red List, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, now includes 73,686 assessed species, of which 22,103 are threatened with extinction.

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Support saves forgotten Monarch

Wed, 11/06/2014 - 10:39

The fire ants and devastating rains hit as the funding dried up, but thanks to your huge support Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch is having its best ever breeding season.

Worldwide French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species - Pacific

SAVE Brasil recognised for over a decade of work to save Atlantic forest

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:20

The Atlantic forest of South America could merit an award for many reasons. An award for being an outstanding biological centre of...

Americas Brazil Forests of Hope - Americas

Industry must act now to safeguard biodiversity threatened by limestone quarrying, NGOs say

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 17:18

Limestone is needed for industry; limestone habitats are essential for the survival of vulnerable and irreplaceable species. A new paper targets the extraction industry to give these species a conservation boost.

Worldwide

Sudan 'killer line' disconnected

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 13:57

The notorious 'killer' power line from Port Sudan to the Red Sea coast has been switched off.

Africa Sudan Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Controversial wind farm in Lesotho gets the go-ahead

Wed, 29/01/2014 - 12:13

The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government.

Africa Lesotho Preventing Extinctions - Africa

Concern over migrant birds prompts international response

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 14:48

In recent months, the indiscriminate and unsustainable killing of migrant birds in North Africa has become an issue of public concern in...

Africa Egypt Migratory Birds and Flyways

State of Africa's Birds

Tue, 20/08/2013 - 12:53

The BirdLife Africa Partnership has produced the first regional State of Africa's Birds (SOAB) report, launched at the BirdLife World Congress in...

Africa Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Formal protection reduces loss of natural land-cover at IBAs across Africa

Thu, 30/05/2013 - 08:26

A new study by BirdLife scientists has provided the most robust evidence yet available that legal protection protected status is effective at reducing the loss of natural land-cover within sites of high conservation importance.

Africa Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

New agreements for bird sensitive energy development in Egypt!

Mon, 11/03/2013 - 09:43

The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), the Migratory Soaring Birds project’s national partner in Egypt, and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) crystallising their collaboration for bird sensitive energy development in Egypt

Africa Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Soda ash mining at Lake Natron is not economically viable

Wed, 29/08/2012 - 09:37

A new Cost Benefit Analysis report shows that the mining of soda ash at Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania is not economically viable.

Africa Tanzania Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Using nature to help people adapt to climate change in East Africa

Tue, 14/08/2012 - 12:17

With support from the UK government’s Darwin Initiative, BirdLife International is working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources, is raising awareness and building capacity on the role of ecosystems in adaptation amongst government and civil society in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

Africa Burundi Climate Change

Saving nature, saving people in Seychelles

Thu, 28/06/2012 - 11:15

Nature Seychelles is to work with vulnerable people, such as those addicted to drugs and alcohol, to improve their mental and physical wellbeing through contact with nature, and gaining practical skills to allow them to rejoin mainstream society.

Africa Seychelles Local Empowerment - Africa

New population of Critically Endangered Parakeet Found in north-east Brazil

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 09:29

A team of young conservationists in Ceará state, north-east Brazil, has discovered a small population of five Grey-breasted Parakeet.

Americas Brazil Preventing Extinctions - Americas

SAVE Brasil recognised for over a decade of work to save Atlantic forest

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:20

The Atlantic forest of South America could merit an award for many reasons. An award for being an outstanding biological centre of...

Americas Brazil Forests of Hope - Americas

Canadian BirdLife Partners launch new IBA caretaker video

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 10:55

It’s Canadian Environment Week , held in the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day...

Americas Canada Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

First exports of Southern Cone Grassland Beef to Europe

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 11:51

The Southern Cone Grassland Alliance is set to achieve one of its greatest ambitions: to sell certified Grassland Beef on the European...

Americas Migratory Birds and Flyways - Americas

Panama Bay saved from destruction

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 09:26

There’s been a great start to 2014 for one of the most important sites for migratory waterbirds in the Americas.

Americas Panama

Canadian scientists publish human-related bird mortality estimates

Tue, 01/10/2013 - 13:46

Scientists with Environment Canada, the federal government ministry responsible for protecting the environment and conserving Canada’s natural heritage, have found that human-related activities destroy roughly 269 million birds and 2 million bird nests in Canada each year.

Americas Canada Migratory Birds and Flyways - Americas

Pollutants threaten iconic Canadian bird

Tue, 09/07/2013 - 13:23

The Common Loon is becoming increasingly less common, most likely due to pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. Not only a symbol of the Canadian wilderness, this bird species is an excellent indicator of the health of the wilderness.

Americas Canada Preventing Extinctions - Americas

Guyra’s Yanosky recognised as a leader of conservation in Latin America

Fri, 14/06/2013 - 08:43

Dr Alberto Yanosky, Executive Director of BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay, has won the 2013 National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation.

Americas Paraguay Capacity Development - Americas

San Francisco Bay recognised as ‘Wetland of International Importance’

Thu, 21/02/2013 - 12:02

San Francisco Bay/Estuary in California, USA has been designated a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Convention on Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention.

Americas United States of America Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

Panama Bay developers threaten to break the chain of shorebird stopover sites

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 10:33

One of the most important coastal wetlands in the Americas is under threat. We need your help/

Americas Panama Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

Outrage at extreme act of vandalism in San Rafael

Tue, 16/10/2012 - 14:47

Guyra Paraguay staff in Asunción, Paraguay, have received the disturbing news that three people have burnt down the visitors’ house at the Kanguery administrative center in Guyra Paraguay’s “Guyra Reta” reserve in San Rafael.

Americas Paraguay Forests of Hope

State of Paraguay’s birds is published

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 12:07

Guyra Paraguay has launched the first major report on the status of bird populations in Paraguay. The report, entitled State of Paraguay’s birds, outlines in detail the current status of the country’s birds, the threats they face and the urgent actions needed to secure their future.

Americas Paraguay Preventing Extinctions - Americas

First-Ever "State of Canada’s Birds" Report Released

Wed, 27/06/2012 - 20:06

The report draws on 40 years of data to present an overview of how Canada’s birds are faring, inluding eight regional summaries.

Americas Canada Preventing Extinctions - Americas

Hooded Grebe Appeal - Action on breeding grounds already delivering results

Tue, 26/06/2012 - 12:37

In January this year we launched an international online appeal to save the Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi. We are delighted to report today that conservation actions undertaken earlier this year are already delivering results.

Americas Argentina Preventing Extinctions - Americas

New report published on the State of Bolivia’s Birds

Tue, 17/04/2012 - 09:54

Asociación Armonía (BirdLife in Bolivia) has just published a major report on the status of the country’s avifauna

Americas Bolivia Preventing Extinctions - Americas

A big comeback for Chinese Crested Terns in the Jiushan Islands, China

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 10:27

Chinese Crested Terns on the Jiushan Islands have had a second and even more successful year: at least 43 Chinese Crested Terns...

Asia China Preventing Extinctions - Asia

Cambodian vulture census data reveals worrying trend

Thu, 07/08/2014 - 16:00

An annual vulture census has been carried out at seven sites across Cambodia, Recording the second lowest population estimate since records began...

Asia Cambodia Preventing Extinctions - Asia

BirdLife participates in mainland China’s first international bird fair

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 20:59

BirdLife International was recently invited to participate in the first International Bird Fair held in Fuzhou, in Fujian Province in south-east China. The event was a great success and was attended by an amazing 20,000 people from all walks of life.

Asia China China Programme

Threatened ‘biodiversity hotspot’ in Indonesian forest sparks action from NABU and Burung Indonesia

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 10:09

BirdLife Partners in Germany (NABU) and Indonesia (Burung Indonesia), have initiated a new project to protect tropical forests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The project will take place in Gorontalo where 68.5 percent of the province is still covered with forests characterised by a very high and unique biodiversity. For this reason, Gorontalo is listed among the world’s 34 ‘biodiversity hotspots.’

Asia Indonesia Forests of Hope - Asia

Indian Partner to establish Vulture Safe Zone in Madhya Pradesh

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 10:32

BNHS (BirdLife in India), in association with Rio Tinto and BirdLife International, is establishing a 30,000 square km Vulture Safe Zone in Madhya Pradesh.

Asia India Preventing Extinctions - Asia

Amur Falcons tracked to Africa

Thu, 19/12/2013 - 12:24

Three Amur Falcons have been tracked by satellite from Nagaland in India to Africa, showing what an amazing journey these birds take.

Asia India Preventing Extinctions

New breeding sites found for Asia’s rarest bunting

Thu, 05/12/2013 - 11:11

Three previously unknown breeding sites of Asia’s rarest bunting have been discovered by a team from the Beijing Bird Watching Society working with BirdLife’s China Programme.

Asia China China Programme

Myanmar loses leading conservationist

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 12:06

Dr Htin Hla, known to his many friends and colleagues simply as Tony, a leading figure in Burmese conservation has passed away...

Asia

Rattan planting for livelihoods and conservation in central Vietnam

Fri, 18/10/2013 - 11:43

Over the last two years, under a BirdLife International Local Empowerment Programme project funded by Toyota Motor Corporation and Nando Peretti Foundation,...

Asia Vietnam Local Empowerment

Rare sighting of marked Spoon-billed Sandpiper on migration

Fri, 06/09/2013 - 09:43

A rare sighting of a marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration was reported last weekend from Rudong mudflats north of Shanghai.

Asia China Migratory Birds and Flyways - Asia

Burung Indonesia leads Wallacea profile team for CEPF

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 23:40

The profile will identify priority areas for conservation action, and guide the disbursement of up to US $5 million

Asia Indonesia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Asia

Hiding in plain sight: New species of bird discovered in capital city

Tue, 25/06/2013 - 21:08

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call, living not in some remote jungle, but in a capital city of 1.5 million people.

Asia Cambodia Preventing Extinctions - Asia

Giant Ibis Transport become first BirdLife Species Champion in Cambodia

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 13:02

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Today Giant Ibis Transport company become the first BirdLife Species Champion in Cambodia after providing financial support to...

Asia

Taiwanese support for BirdLife's Forest Programme

Mon, 22/04/2013 - 10:08

At a meeting in London, Taiwanese UK Representative, Dr Shen has handed over to BirdLife Chief Executive Dr Marco Lambertini the 2012...

Asia

Spoon-billed Sandpiper wintering site becomes Bangladesh’s 20th IBA

Mon, 22/04/2013 - 09:17

Sonadia Island in Bangladesh, where 10% of the known population of the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper spends the winter, has been recognised by BirdLife as Bangladesh’s 20th Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

Asia Bangladesh Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Asia

Great step forward for seabirds in Spain

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:17

Spain has officially established 39 new marine protection areas. The new sites are ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs), designated under the European Birds Directive. The SPAs will offer protection to seabirds whilst they are at sea, complementing the existing network of sites on land.

Europe and Central Asia Spain Seabirds and Marine - Europe and Central Asia

Scientists confirm worst fears: new EU Policy on Agriculture is bad for nature

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 10:38

“The EU failed to stand to the promises of greening the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)”: these are the conclusions of the academic...

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Pioneering wildlife audit reveals 1500 exclusively 'British' species overseas

Tue, 20/05/2014 - 10:45

One of the world’s smallest lizards, a ‘spiky’ yellow woodlouse, a blue iguana, a flightless moth, a seabird thought to be extinct...

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions

A simple gesture to preserve Europe’s richest nature sites – contribute now!

Mon, 12/05/2014 - 09:37

On 21 May, the EU will celebrate the Natura 2000 Day for the 2 nd year. Natura 2000 is the network of...

Europe and Central Asia

Diclofenac: a Vulture killer – watch this new video

Tue, 29/04/2014 - 08:25

Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory drug whose veterinary use has been the main cause of the catastrophic 99% decline of several species of...

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

Flyways race is raising vital funds for migrant birds

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:33

Fourteen teams of adrenalin charged birders will step boldly into the Israeli night at midnight on 31 March, as they cross the...

Europe and Central Asia Georgia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Vulture killing drug now available on EU market

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 10:09

Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this...

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions

The science of saving nature

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 14:30

BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation.

Europe and Central Asia United Kingdom

State of Jordan’s Birds report launched

Mon, 16/12/2013 - 16:41

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)—BirdLife in Jordan—has just launched a major report on the status of the country’s...

Middle East Jordan

Prominent hunters from Middle East and Africa sign declaration on responsible hunting

Thu, 05/12/2013 - 11:21

Hunters have signed a Regional Declaration on Responsible Hunting under the Patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Environment, H.E. Mr. Nazem El Khoury

Middle East Egypt Migratory Birds and Flyways

Freshwater biodiversity workshops pave the way for further research in the Mediterranean Basin

Wed, 05/06/2013 - 10:25

BirdLife’s Mediterranean Basin Regional Implementation Team (RIT) has an update from their very first grantee within the hotspot.

Middle East

Nature Iraq helps UK wildlife

Tue, 18/09/2012 - 08:05

Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner), the leading wildlife conservation NGO in Iraq, is very pleased to make a donation of $1000 to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's appeal to purchase 58 ha of land next to Cley Marshes, Norfolk, England.

Middle East Iraq

Strange looking bird makes welcome reappearance

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:55

One of the world’s least known (and frankly, strangest looking) birds has been photographed on the Samoan island of Savai’i by researchers.

Pacific Samoa Capacity Development

BirdLife’s action through insight

Fri, 27/12/2013 - 13:44

The BirdLife Partnership's combination of conservation science and practical experience at the local level has delivered innovative solutions to conservation challenges in 2013.

Pacific Invasive Alien Species

British Government launches BirdLife project in Fiji

Wed, 24/07/2013 - 12:15

The British Government have launched a new BirdLife project to conserve Fiji’s forest. “It is a great pleasure for us at the High Commission, together with our partners at BirdLife International, to the launch a new three-year project here in Fiji,” said Mr Dan Salter - Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Fiji.

Pacific Fiji Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

BirdLife launches invasive species video - Saving Suwarrow's Seabirds

Tue, 16/07/2013 - 11:00

At BirdLife’s World Congress last month we launched our newest global conservation programme. The BirdLife Invasive Alien Species Programme will work around the globe to tackle one of the greatest of threats to our natural world. Today we’re launching a new video by award-winning filmmaker Nick Hayward showcasing just what it takes to eliminate rats in restoring a remote atoll in the South Pacific…

Pacific Cook Islands Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

State of Fiji's birds report launched

Fri, 31/05/2013 - 07:00

Fiji’s first ever State of Birds report ‘Fiji: State of Birds 2013’ has been launched by NatureFiji-MareqetiViti with the assistance of BirdLife...

Pacific Fiji Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

New Zealand Storm-petrel discovered breeding 50 km from Auckland City

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 17:13

Researchers are elated to find the sparrow-sized New Zealand Storm-petrel, thought extinct until 2003, is breeding on Little Barrier Island Hauturu in...

Pacific New Zealand

Cook Islands PM urges Pacific-wide action to tackle invasive species

Sun, 23/09/2012 - 22:36

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Hon. Henry Puna and his Pacific Islands Forum colleagues have backed an initiative to recognise the widespread economic, social and environmental impacts of invasive species.

Pacific Cook Islands Invasive Alien Species

Cook Islands unveils world's largest marine park

Thu, 13/09/2012 - 04:37

The world’s largest marine park has been launched in the Cook Islands located in the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Cook Islands Invasive Alien Species - Pacific