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Black-browed Albatross © Stephanie Winnard

7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has...

Thu, 13/09/2018
For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife’s most successful programmes. Here’s what it has achieved in the past year alone.

Spix’s Macaw heads list of first bird extinctions...

Wed, 05/09/2018
Eight bird species, including two species of macaw, look set to have their extinctions confirmed following a robust new assessment of Critically Endangered species. The findings reveal a worrying new trend: for the first time, mainland extinctions are outpacing island extinctions

A recipe for a more sustainable world

Mon, 06/08/2018
Farming doesn’t have to be in conflict with nature. Around the world, we’re working with projects that prove it’s possible to grow food in a way that benefits both wildlife and livelihoods. Here's a tasty selection for starters...

Back from the Dead? The Story of the Blue-eyed...

Mon, 23/07/2018
Just three years ago, the Blue-eyed Ground-Dove was thought to be extinct. Then, after 75 years without a confirmed sighting, twelve individuals were found in the wild. But with such a small population, can the species be saved?
"East Indes Market Stall in Batavia", painted in the 17th century by an unknown artist

Flight of Fancy: early depictions of the parrot...

Fri, 20/07/2018
Parrots are such popular pets that their capture has driven many species to the brink of extinction in the wild. But this isn't a new phenomenon - their role in human culture has been ingrained for millennia. We explore what parrots in art can tell us about the history of world trade routes.
The rufa Red Knot is a sub-species of Red knot that migrates through the Americas © Hans Hillewaert

Red Knots plummet by 25% in a year in Tierra del...

Mon, 09/07/2018
For a while, it looked like they might actually be in recovery. But this year’s census of the American subspecies, the rufa Red Knot, found that numbers have plummeted to an all-time low. The likely cause? Food shortages in Delaware Bay, a crucial feeding stopover site on their migration.
The couple ran 6,504 miles (10,467km) in 15 months © Katharine & David Lowrie

Meet the couple who ran the length of South...

Mon, 11/06/2018
We interview Katharine Lowrie: part of a record-breaking couple who sailed the Atlantic to begin an ultra-marathon through South America, all to raise money and awareness for wildlife and wild places.
The Asian Crested Ibis recovered from a population of just 12 birds © Wang LiQiang / Shutterstock

The Comeback Kids: five birds brought back from...

Mon, 21/05/2018
Conservation is working: 25 bird species have been saved from the Critically Endangered category this century alone. Read five of the most inspiring stories of birds that have recovered thanks to the dedication of conservationists and communities.
In 2017, the Liberian Greenbul was reclassified as an invalid species © HBW

Solving the world’s great bird mysteries

Thu, 03/05/2018
Keen-eyed readers will note that we ‘lost’ a species in the 2017 Red List update – the Liberian Greenbul is no longer recognised as a valid species by BirdLife. But mourn not its loss: this is simply the latest in a long line of taxonomic avian mysteries to have been solved...
An Endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin found dead in the net of a fishing trawler © Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Tangled and drowned: new study links penguin...

Thu, 30/11/2017
Every year, an estimated 400,000 seabirds worldwide are killed after getting unintentionally snared in gillnets while diving for food. A new review highlights that even penguins – the master swimmers of the avian world – aren’t safe from their clutches, and pinpoints where the threat is most acute.
Captive Spix's Macaw © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation

The Spix Mystery: one year later

Mon, 19/06/2017
We interview 16 year old Damilys Oliveira, the girl who spotted and filmed a Spix's Macaw in the wild a year ago today.
Cherry-throated Tanager © Ciro Albano

Ravaged by deforestation - but a new refuge...

Wed, 17/05/2017
A newly-created nature reserve in Brazil's ravaged Atlantic Forest will protect one of the last strongholds of the highly-threatened Cherry-throated Tanager.
Ranchers take part in the Grasslands Alliance to conserve this unique ecosystem © David Wege

Conserving the natural grasslands of South America

Thu, 30/03/2017
As agriculture, forestry, roads & urbanization brought economic development to the vast grasslands of South America, the area of this important ecosystem was reduced by half. Luckily, ranchers and conservationists are joining forces to save these vital lands.
El Charlatán anida en pastizales © Brian E. Small/AGAMI

La importancia de los pastizales en Sudamérica

Mon, 06/03/2017
Cómo BirdLife está avanzando hacia una alianza hemisférica para el aprovechamiento sostenible de los pastizales naturales.

Bird-Friendly Beef – Tales from the Southern Cone

Fri, 03/02/2017
Nicolas Marchand takes us to the grasslands of South America where gauchos work with BirdLife to rear ‘bird-friendly beef’.
No photographs of a live Cryptic Treehunter have been made public. Above, the similar looking Alagoas Foliage-gleaner © Ciro Albano

Cryptic by name, cryptic by nature

Thu, 22/12/2016
The Cryptic Treehunter is so elusive, researchers are not even sure it still exists anymore. What other species are we losing before they can even be discovered?
Black-fronted Piping-guan © Marco Silva

Reintroducing the Black-fronted Piping-guan in...

Sun, 14/08/2016
A census in 2010 revealed that only one Black-fronted Piping-guan was left in the mountain range of Sierra do Mar, São Paulo. Wasting no time, the team of SAVE Brasil started a reintroduction programme. Six years later, the situation is being reverted.
Captive Spix's Macaw © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation

Spix’s Macaw reappears in Brazil

Fri, 24/06/2016
It was Grandpa’s dream: to see his favourite bird, Spix’s Macaw, fly again over the skies of Curaçá, small town of about 20,000, in the dry Caatinga area in Bahia, Brazil.