Europe and Central Asia
31 Mar 2017

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 2

By Gui-Xi Young

Welcome to the second edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ - our new weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we’ll bring you bite-sized updates from all across Europe & Central Asia - now you can kick start every weekend with ‘what a little bird told me!’

EAGLE TRAGEDY - Sad news from our Georgian partner SABUKO. The state energy company JSC has destroyed an active nest of the red listed Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila helica). There were previously only 9 breeding pairs in the country - and now this falls to 8. As the great Ray Charles sang ‘oh Georgia, No peace I find’. Read more...

BREATH IN DEEPLY - Sea air is good for you right? Unfortunately, exhaust gases from cruise ships in the Mediterranean are harming human health and the environment. This week, a wide alliance of e-NGOs - including our partners BirdLife Malta, NABU (Germany) and HOS (Greece) - adopted the ‘Rome Declaration’ to designate the Mediterranean Sea as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Read more…

Picture Perfect - A picture tells a thousand words, so many thanks to Greek photographer Anastasios Sakoulis for kindly donating a collection of stunning bird photos to BirdLife. See more....

ACT NOW - have your say in the future of EU food and farming! Only 4 weeks until the European Commission's Public Consultation on the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) closes. Next Monday, BirdLife’s LIVING LAND campaign is launching a public E-Action to help citizens voice their support for nature-friendly farms. Keep updated and follow #LivingLand.

Stamp of approval for birds of Belarus: Belpochta, the Post Office of Belarus, has just issued a postage stamp celebrating the ‘Bird of the Year, 2017’ - an APB-BirdLife Belarus initiative that saw the Crested lark soar to glory. Start writing your love letters now...See more…

And the winner is….THE BIRDS! Finland’s ‘Arctic Redpolls’ team has won the Champions of the Flyways 2017 - and annual real-time bird spotting ‘race’ organised by SPNI (BirdLife Israel) at the migration hotspot of Eilat. £50,000 raised by the all the teams goes to Doğa Derneği (Birdlife Turkey) to fund their fantastic work to make Turkey safer for migrating birds - the real ‘champions of flyways’. Read more... 

The Lark Ascending….As the triggering of Article 50 makes Brexit a reality, we listen to Vaughan Williams’s orchestral masterpiece ‘The Lark Ascending’ - an ode to the skylark and its song -  in the knowledge that we shall continue working side-by-side with RSPB (BirdLife UK) to protect the birds of our shared continent.

 

 

 

Gui-Xi Young - News Editor, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia 


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