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Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent Honeyeater in Court Decision

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 03:54

In a desperately needed win for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater, the New South Wales Land and Environment Court has found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was recognised that the Regent Honeyeater is in “grave peril” and that Cessnock City Council acted improperly in approving a Development Application for a steel fabrication facility in Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW.

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Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia’s rarest bird

Critically Endangered parrots killed by rats at breeding facility

Thu, 07/01/2016 - 15:01

Captive breeding efforts to save Australia’s rarest bird, the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, have suffered a setback.

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There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific battle for birds and nature

Wed, 30/12/2015 - 22:58

2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.

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Bar-tailed Godwits and other shorebirds helped by new sanctaury

Shorebirds gain new sanctuary in South Australia

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 21:14

A key South Australian shorebird habitat, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, is to be proclaimed a national park and the South Australian Government will also seek for it to be acknowledged as a site of significance in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. Migratory shorebirds are in trouble across the world and the creation of this new sanctuary and the recognition of its importance is a role model for other Australian State Governments

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Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos threatened by urban sprawl

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo threatened by urban sprawl

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 20:31

Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is one of the popular and iconic birds of Western Australia. But the spread of Perth and habitat loss means they are in trouble. Updated research from BirdLife Australia shows that flocks are getting smaller as the population of these large, white-tailed, black-cockatoos declines each year. Over 600 volunteers taking part in the Great Cocky Count have confirmed the trend in numbers dropping each year. A causality of urban sprawl, If the current trend continues, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo population of the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain will continue to decline at a rate of roughly 15 per cent each year.

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Australian regent honeyeater eggs under attack

Regent Honeyeaters’ eggs under attack

Sun, 29/11/2015 - 19:08

Australia's critically endangered regent honey eater is facing more threats than originally recognised. Video monitoring is showing that the bird, their nests and eggs are being preyed on by Sugar Gliders and the larger Squirrel Gliders as well as house sparrows and magpies. Knowledge of these new threats will allow BirdLife Australia to look at ways of mitigating the problem such as collars or barriers to prevent access to nesting birds.

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NatureWatch App Launched! Watch nature, share moments, conserve sites

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:10

NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International which allows you to plan your wildlife adventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in the world.

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Superb Fairywren has been named Australia's favourite bird

Superb result: True blue Aussie named Australia’s favourite bird

Tue, 12/11/2013 - 10:04

Superb Fairywren has been named Australia's favourite bird after a national poll by BirdLife Australia saw more than 8,000 people vote throughout October.

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Little Penguin

Penguin parade at risk

Mon, 02/09/2013 - 12:54

Australia's famous penguin parades on Philip and French Islands - which are nationally significant shorebird feeding and roosting sites - face the growing risk of a devastating oil spill, if Victoria’s controversial Western Port development is approved, new research shows. “Oil and birds don’t mix,” said BirdLife Australia’s Shorebirds Program Manager Dr Golo Maurer.

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Shooters let loose in Aussie parks

Tue, 30/07/2013 - 14:18

BirdLife Australia condemns the New South Wales (NSW) government’s decision to allow recreational hunting in the state’s national parks and reserves.

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Regent Honeyeaters on the loose

Thu, 23/05/2013 - 07:55

The captive-breeding-and-release program formulated to boost the population of Regent Honeyeaters in Australia has just set 38 more birds into the wild, where they have become reacquainted with an old friend...

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Plight of wetland bird recognised in Australia

Tue, 21/05/2013 - 07:51

Why is the Australian Painted Snipe being placed on the national Endangered List good news? It means that the beleaguered shorebird can finally receive the level of protection that it needs to survive...

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Regent flight to recovery

Thu, 18/04/2013 - 07:00

Around 40 captive bred Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater will be released in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in Victoria’s North-east tomorrow according to BirdLife Australia...

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Hooded Plover rescue in Oz

Tue, 26/02/2013 - 04:48

Monitoring threatened species takes on many forms — not only keeping an eye on populations or nesting attempts, but also looking after the individual birds themselves.

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Don’t Fence Them In

Thu, 03/01/2013 - 21:16

BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) has joined an alliance of conservation groups calling on the West Australian government to halt its plans to extend the State Barrier Fence...

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Bitten by the Bittern bug down-under

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 23:42

Rice growers in Australia are being urged to keep their eyes and ears peeled for Endangered Australasian Bittern. The Rice Growers Association, BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) and other organisations have teamed up to learn more about this secretive bird that is thought to have given rise to the bunyip legends...

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Funding for birds in woodlands and beaches down-under

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 03:14

It is with great pride that BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) can announce that the efforts of our successful and highly regarded ‘Woodland Birds for Biodoiversity’ and ‘Beach-nesting Birds’ projects have both been recognised as outstanding by the Australian Government, which has agreed to fund them for another year through the Caring For Our Country program...

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Places You Love - Campaign launched in Australia

Wed, 29/08/2012 - 02:40

BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) and an alliance of environmental organisations from across the country have launched a national campaign today to protect our nation's environmental laws. "These laws protect the things we love: the places we love, the wildlife we love", said Dr Graeme Hamilton - CEO of BirdLife Australia...

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