News Overview

Champions of the Flyway

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:30

After an exhilarating 24 hour bird race, the final results of Champions of the Flyways were announced during a superbly staged awards...

Europe and Central Asia Israel Migratory Birds and Flyways

BirdLife Partners join forces against illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:16

For migratory birds, illegal killing is an additional threat to their already dangerous and challenging journey. Violations of the EU Birds Directive are particularly widespread, adding to the substantial decrease in migratory bird populations over the past 40 years.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

Reviewing Ruyigi Communal Plan for Community Development: an opportunity for ABN and SSGs to influence local policy

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:36

BirdLife Partner in Burundi is working together with a local Site Support Group in Ruyigi to develop a Community Development Plan to sustainably manage their natural resources, and give the local community a stronger voice in local, regional and national policy.

Africa Burundi Climate Change - Africa

Update from Libya – emerging conservation despite crucial times

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 16:35

Despite the crucial situation in Libya, an NGO called Libyan Society for Birds (LSB) continues working hard for nature conservation in the western region of the country. CEPF is currently the only organisation that has directly funded an environmental NGO in Libya.

Africa Libya

Cousin Island in Seychelles is a perfect marriage between tourism and conservation

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 12:56

“The island that belongs to birds, humans are welcome” is the slogan for the world’s first internationally-owned reserve known as Cousin Island...

Africa Seychelles

Plight of Spring messengers should be taken more seriously

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 00:35

Bird experts are at a loss to explain the remarkable sighting of a White Stork trailing a banner announcing the coming of Spring.

Worldwide Migratory Birds and Flyways

Galveston Bay oil spill imperils thousands of birds

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 14:01

Texas City, in the United States was the site of a massive oil spill on Saturday, an industrial accident with dire consequences...

Americas United States of America Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Americas

Kenya: home to the ‘big five’ and of the ‘many small’

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 07:04

On Saturday the 1st of March 2014, BirdLife International and Nature Kenya staff and other birding enthusiasts visited Lukenya Academy for a...

Africa Kenya

Ibis gets royal visit

Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:14

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco recently visited Souss Massa National Park, Morocco, home to the largest remaining wild population of Northern Bald Ibis.

Africa Morocco Preventing Extinctions - Africa

Flyways race is raising vital funds for migrant birds

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:33

Fourteen teams of adrenalin charged birders will step boldly into the Israeli night at midnight on 31 March, as they cross the...

Europe and Central Asia Georgia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Coffee and conservation project launches in Puerto Rico

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 14:03

A new project in Puerto Rico is providing local people with training in sustainable agriculture, shade-grown coffee, water conservation and bird monitoring and reporting.

Americas Puerto Rico Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Americas

Local Communities oppose renewed Natron soda ash exploration

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:16

Over 18,000 residents of Engaruka area of Lake Natron, Tanzania , are up in arms against a government plan to build a...

Africa Tanzania Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Commercial development threatens Ulcinj Salinas in Montenegro

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:31

For the past two years CZIP (Birdlife in Montenegro) has been fighting a battle against the conversion of Ulcinj Salinas into a tourist-development complex. The Ulcinj Salinas are an irreplaceable habitat for birds on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, and one of the most important habitats on the Adriatic flyway. They are home to over 250 species of birds and recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and as an Emerald Site of the Bern Convention.

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Released: a conservation plan for the Shoebill, king of the marshes

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 08:14

The International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for the Conservation of the Shoebill Balaeniceps rex is now available. Its overall goal is...

Africa Uganda Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Grid operators and NGOs demand EU ambition on renewables

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 15:35

National governments agree that greenhouse gas emissions must go down, but disagree on the policy details. In particular they disagree on the...

Europe and Central Asia

EU finally addressing threat of Invasive alien species

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:42

The EU law to address Invasive Alien Species is high on the policy agenda in Brussels. After many ups and downs, the three EU institutions seem to have found a compromise on common rules which could halt the environmental, economic and health damages caused by animals and plants introduced to Europe.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Spring Alive 2014 has arrived!

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 15:14

BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

From aquarium pet to agricultural pest: the Apple snail in the Ebro delta

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:21

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of the finest wetlands in the western Mediterranean and plays a vital role in the local community while also serving as a stopover site for many migrant birds. Unfortunately, it has become home to many invasive alien species that continue to infect the area and damage endemic wildlife at an incredible rate of one per year.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia