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Flowers of the shea tree Vitellaria paradoxa © Jane Stout

Learning about the birds and the bees in West Africa

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 18:26

Embarking on a new research project to uncover the secrets of bird declines and loss of habitat diversity in the shea zone of Africa, where shea pollination, biodiversity and livelihoods are linked.

Africa Burkina Faso Local Engagement and Empowerment

Birdfair breaks fundraising record in a bid to help migratory birds

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 12:37

Migratory birds have been handed a welcome boost by fundraising efforts from Birdfair 2015 after a cheque of £320,000 was today handed over to BirdLife International to help vulnerable migratory birds in the Eastern Mediterranean

Worldwide Migratory Birds

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeteri), a non-threatened arid Australian parrot (Photo: Chris Parnell)

Study identifies parrots as most-threatened bird group

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 22:50

Scientists, including staff from BirdLife International and the Australian National University, have published new research indicating that parrots (Psittaciformes) are among the most threatened groups of bird species, with 28% of extant species (111 out of 398) classified as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

What are the world’s most critically endangered sites?

Tue, 16/02/2016 - 17:36

You've heard of many of the world's critically endangered species. The Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Danger are the world's critically endangered sites. Explore them here...

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

BirdLife Partners join forces to prevent illegal poisoning of wildlife

Tue, 16/02/2016 - 09:46

The European Network against Environmental Crimes, launched by SEO and RSPB, has published an action plan that the European Commission will use to stop illicit killing of birds.

Europe and Central Asia Local Empowerment - Europe and Central Asia

Almost half of all Finnish birds are in danger

Tue, 16/02/2016 - 09:31

Finland's latest Red List assessment paints a worrying picture, especially for wetland species.

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

How best to protect Hutovo blato wetland, Bosnia & Herzegovina? © D. Kulijer

How can dragonflies help a Balkan country into the European Union?

Mon, 15/02/2016 - 12:24

When you’re a local Balkan civil society organisation trying to protect nature, your country’s political position on the road to EU accession can have a big influence on what protection to aim for.

Europe and Central Asia Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mediterranean Monk Seal, Endangered © Wildlifewanderer, flickr.com

Emergency conservation for Mediterranean Monk Seal in Lebanon

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 16:43

Once thought locally extinct in Lebanon, immediate action was taken by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon for the conservation of this Endangered species when a pregnant female was found dead.

Middle East Lebanon

Pesticides poisoning birds in the Balkans

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 16:35

Serbia's population of White-tailed Eagles are under threat. Lack of awareness, lax law enforcement and an increase in the numbers of a small rodent are to blame.

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

Endangered seabirds to get United States boost?

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 16:09

Globally threatened seabirds have been given a boost by a proposed new law in the United States. Congressman Alan Lowenthal has introduced legislation that would enable U.S.

Americas United States of America Marine

Reclamation of Yellow Sea causing serious declines in migratory shorebirds

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 11:53

In-depth studies have indicated that rapid declines in three species of shorebird that migrate between Siberia and Australia is due to land reclamation along China's Yellow Sea coastline.

Asia China China Programme