How to Help
The world's birds are facing an unprecedented crisis in which 1,226 bird species, one species in eight, could become extinct in the next 100 years. Of most concern, 190 species are considered to have only a 50:50 chance of surviving even the next 10 years. They're Critically Endangered.
If we act now there is still time to save these bird species.
The main threat to birds is the destruction of habitats they depend on such as forests, grasslands and wetlands. Many are destroyed for logging, plantations, agriculture, livestock grazing and industry.
Birds also face other problems, such as capture for caged bird trade, pollution, disturbance by humans, and introduction of non-native predators like rats, cats and mongooses, which often eat young birds and eggs.
We can and must do something to help
BirdLife International strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. The BirdLife Partnership works to safeguard birds and the environment, and to develop ways of managing natural resources sustainably.
We also work with governments and decision-makers worldwide to secure the future of as many of these species as possible. BirdLife aims to reduce the threatened list by 10% in four years - an ambitious target but one which we must strive to meet.
Together for birds and people
By focusing on birds, and the sites and habitats on which they depend, the BirdLife Partnership works to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife, and for people too. Our projects in some of the world's most important areas for biological diversity help local people to achieve sustainable livelihoods through the managed use of natural resources, so increasing economic growth and reducing social inequalities.
We urgently need your help for this work.
How you can help BirdLife:
- Preventing extinctions: Saving the world's most threatened birds. Find out more about how you can support BirdLife's Species Champions initiative.
- Donate - your donations are very valuable to us.
- Consider pledging a legacy to BirdLife in your will.
- Join the BirdLife Partner in your country.
- Join World Bird Club.
- Join Rare Bird Club.
- Visit BirdLife's Globally Threatened Bird Forums to view and contribute to discussions on the evaluation of the IUCN Red List status of endangered species.
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