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Americas
20 Apr 2017

Welcome to the Americas Newsletter

Every quarter we will feature trials, triumphs, and stories of promise from the world of nature conservation.

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (Near Threatened), native to Colombia and Ecuador © Martin Mecnarowski/Shutterstock
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (Near Threatened), native to Colombia and Ecuador © Martin Mecnarowski/Shutterstock
By Esteban Lasso, Regional Director for BirdLife in the Americas

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new BirdLife Americas eNewsletter! 

Every quarter we will feature trials, triumphs, and stories of promise from the world of nature conservation.

If you’re new to our work, this is BirdLife summarized in a single sentence: we strive to protect birds, biodiversity and to improve people’s livelihoods.

The 60 countries and territories in the Americas are extraordinary for an infinite number of historical, cultural, economic and environmental reasons.

Plus one: there are more bird species in North, Central, and South America than any other region of the world. We can count on 19 Partners in the Americas, from the Arctic forests of Canada to the southern glaciers of Argentina, all of whom are committed to the preservation of these bird species and their habitats.

The Brazilian social activist Chico Mendes once said: “At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity.”

That’s what happened to us with birds: they are precious messengers that give us the first warnings on the health of our ecosystems, and are inspiring ambassadors of peace at a time of walls and rampant xenophobia.

It’s the birds that led us to work with gauchos in grasslands, local communities in tackling climate change, indigenous peoples in protecting forests, citizen scientists in monitoring flyways and IBAs (Important Bird Areas) and engaging fishing fleets to protect the health of our oceans and coastlines.

Along with a focus on the Americas, this eNewsletter will also bring you stories and good news from our Partners around the world. Our first issue includes articles from Asia, the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

From the Galapagos Penguin to the Iraqi marshes, from the Philippines to New Zealand, we think you will be inspired by the critical work being done by our Partners in every corner of the world.

We hope you will take time to enjoy these motivating stories from around the world, and that you will share this free newsletter with your friends and supporters.

Best wishes, and happy reading.

Esteban Lasso

Regional Director, BirdLife Americas

 

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