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Fires have destroyed 12,000 square kilometres of the South American wetland so far © Alamy

World’s largest tropical wetland ablaze: our...

Tue, 15/09/2020
This year, the Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetland – has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.
Strategy videogames involve making decisions and often exploiting natural resources. Screenshot: BirdLife International / The Like Minded

How your decisions can impact tropical forest...

Thu, 06/08/2020
Our new animation, launched at the Global Landscapes Forum, turns to an unlikely inspiration to help explain landscape conservation and our innovative work to support communities in tropical forests: videogames.
White-rumped Vulture © Deepak Sankat

Latest research: vulture and ibis recovery,...

Tue, 16/06/2020
The world may have ground to a halt during the COVID-19 crisis, but researchers around the globe are still writing and publishing papers on key scientific discoveries. Here are three recent highlights from across the Birdlife Partnership.
Guam Kingfisher © Guam Department of Agriculture

Extinct in the Wild: can these 5 bird species...

Tue, 10/03/2020
In the light of the successful reintroduction of Guam Rail, we consider the prospects of the five remaining bird species categorised as Extinct in the Wild – all of which face unique barriers to re-entry.
 Nesting grounds are being run over by machinery or trampled by cattle © Inés Pereda

Can traditional ranching revival reverse Saffron-...

Tue, 25/02/2020
The pampas grasslands are one of South America’s most iconic landscapes – but less than half of them remain. Because of this, the Saffron-cowled Blackbird was moved to Endangered in the latest Red List update. Could a revival of centuries-old farming techniques be the solution?
Beaches, mangroves and reefs have all been contaminated © TV BrasilGov

Full impact of mysterious Brazil oil spill...

Thu, 20/02/2020
Last summer, an oil spill of unknown origin hit Brazil’s northeast coast – just as migrating shorebirds arrived in the area. Our Partner SAVE Brasil has been campaigning for action and striving to measure the impact on birds - but more support is urgently needed.
Aves Argentinas staff demonstrate bird-safe measures to fishermen © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force in the Americas: working...

Wed, 29/01/2020
BirdLife's Albatross Task Force works with fishing crews on board their ships to introduce seabird-saving measures in focal countries. Here's an update of the programme's successes in the Americas.
The Marsh Antwren weighs around ten grams © Marco Silva

Critically Endangered antwren receives its first...

Fri, 10/01/2020
In October 2019, the Marsh Antwren was given its first ever protected area in the town of Guararema, Brazil. This tiny, Critically Endangered antbird lives in isolated populations on marshland just 50km from São Paulo, the largest city in South America.

Formicivora paludicola, especie críticamente...

Thu, 19/12/2019
El año 2019 se declaró la primera área protegida del bicudinho do brejo paulista (Formicivora paludicola) en la ciudad de Guararema, ubicada en la región metropolitana de São Paulo, en Brasil.
Guam Rail © Andersen Air Force

Red List 2019: Guam Rail second bird to recover...

Tue, 10/12/2019
This year’s update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species brings with it some fantastic conservation successes, including an almost unheard of incidence of a bird species coming back from extinction in the wild. But for other species, human threats are making it harder to stage a comeback.
Tufted Capuchin © Emilio White

90% of this rainforest was destroyed. We’re...

Fri, 22/11/2019
The Amazon’s plight, while serious, pales in comparison to that wrought on South America’s other great rainforest, the Atlantic. Over 90% of its original coverage has disappeared over the last century – but BirdLife Partners are working to safeguard what remains.
An artist's impression of the Amazon fires this summer © OSORIOartist / Shutterstock

Amazon fires: what happens next?

Thu, 21/11/2019
Images of raging forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon sparked worldwide condemnation during August. Several Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have suffered – this in a country that had been lauded for its conversion from environmental villain to conservation hero. How has this happened?
The Seven-colored Tanager is Vulnerable to extinction due to forest loss © Ciro Albano

Brazil’s Atlantic forest: putting the pieces back...

Mon, 04/11/2019
Surrounded by a sea of cattle ranches and sugarcane plantations, a few ‘islands’ of Atlantic Forest remain. By establishing a private reserve and working with local people to connect forest fragments, SAVE Brasil is showing that it is possible to turn the tide on extinction.
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed...

Tue, 03/09/2019
The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
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"Our forests are dying" - here's...

Tue, 27/08/2019
You have probably heard the devastating news about the fires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest – the result of forest protection laws being rapidly dismantled. BirdLife has joined 48 other NGOs demanding immediate and lasting action from the governments of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
An artist's impression of the new marmoset species, 'Mico munduruku' © Stephen Nash

New monkey species discovered in rapidly-...

Fri, 09/08/2019
The marmoset was discovered in the south-west of Pará State in Brazil, Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’. The researcher who lead the study warns that we already need to be concerned about its survival.

First Blue-eyed Ground-dove chick recorded

Fri, 10/05/2019
In great news for the Critically Endangered species, a chick has been seen close to fledging.
This Colombian team will be using conservation to keep water clean © Jose Barros

Think millennials are apathetic about...

Fri, 12/04/2019
If you think millennials are too busy looking at their phones to care about conservation, you haven’t met these young people. Every year, we grant funding and support to young people whose new, fresh ideas are changing the way we protect the planet. Here are this year’s winners.