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Restoration of an important biodiversity area: La Montagne Saint-Pierre (Belgium)

Sun, 05/08/2012 - 15:06

Located at the bank of the River Meuse, at the frontier between Belgium and Holland, La Montagne-Saint-Pierre has provided the mining industry with raw materials for many years. The site nowadays testifies to the evolution of nature and landscapes subjected to intensive human influence. Over the centuries, extraordinary fauna and flora have developed here, thanks to the calcareous soils.

Europe and Central Asia Belgium

Win a prize by capturing the beauty of Nature!

Sun, 05/08/2012 - 14:41

Arts and media seem to be increasingly interested in the protection of the beautiful wildlife and environment that surrounds us. BirdLife promoted several biodiversity photo competitions last year. A photo competition opened to young conservationists, launched by the Future for Nature Foundation, offers to reward winners with €50,000. Film is also becoming a popular wildlife art form: the tve biomovies competition offers a prize of US$ 1500 to talented amateur film makers for short films about important environmental issues.

Europe and Central Asia

Don’t miss EuroBirdwatch!

Thu, 02/08/2012 - 15:01

EuroBirdwatch - BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia - works to raise awareness of issues relating to bird migration and promotes efforts to save threatened bird species and their habitats. This year’s EuroBirdwatch will take place on the weekend of 6-7 October 2012.

Europe and Central Asia

Tata denies links with new Lake Natron soda ash plant plans

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 14:25

The Tata Group has denied any involvement in plans to mine soda ash at Engaruka area near Lake Natron.

Africa Tanzania

State of Paraguay’s birds is published

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 12:07

Guyra Paraguay has launched the first major report on the status of bird populations in Paraguay. The report, entitled State of Paraguay’s birds, outlines in detail the current status of the country’s birds, the threats they face and the urgent actions needed to secure their future.

Americas Paraguay Preventing Extinctions - Americas

BirdLife's History in Objects: #1 "Birds of a Feather"

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 10:47

William Hudson recoiled in horror as he witnessed the sale of 80,000 Parrot and 1,700 Bird of Paradise skins in London, 1897. By 1922 a group of people had seen enough...


Titi Forever: Research supports conservation of Tuamotu Sandpiper

Tue, 31/07/2012 - 02:16

Most of the world’s sandpiper species migrate thousands of kilometers between arctic breeding grounds and subtropical wintering grounds, but in the not-too distant evolutionary past, one group gave up this habit and went native in French Polynesia...


Conservation, community benefits and a new Ramsar site: Ten years of conservation in western Madagascar.

Mon, 30/07/2012 - 09:37

A decade working on wetlands in Madagascar has lead to a Ramsar designation and a host of community benefits.

Africa Madagascar Local Engagement and Empowerment - Africa

SOP saving stranded seabirds

Fri, 27/07/2012 - 01:20

The Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU - BirdLife in French Polynesia) has started a rescue program for grounded petrels and shearwaters attracted by lights on Tahiti. Following awareness raising activities by SOP MANU, the number of grounded Near Threatened Tahiti Petrel has risen from 10 to over 100 birds per annum. “This is thought to be the tip off the ice-berg, with the number of seabirds being attracted to bright lights at night is likely to be much higher”, said Lucie Faulquier from SOP MANU.

Pacific French Polynesia

Restoring Pacific paradise

Fri, 27/07/2012 - 00:49

In total, 51% of all threatened birds are being driven towards extinction by invasive alien species. The problem is especially acute on oceanic islands where 75% of threatened birds are affected. In an effort to address this serious threat, the Pacific Partnership of BirdLife International has received renewed support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation to protect globally important seabird colonies by eradicating invasive alien species...


New guidebook for New Caledonia's birds

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 03:22

A new guidebook has been published by SCO (BirdLife in New Caledonia) which gives a concise description of the breeding, migratory and sea birds found within the Pacific country...


Fiji Petrel Detector Dogs Make a Major Discovery

Thu, 26/07/2012 - 03:08

It looked like 'just another forested hillside' but Bob and Tar - the Fiji Petrel detector Dogs proved otherwise - they found the first significant colony of Vulnerable Collared Petrels to date...