News Africa

Project launched to identify conservation targets within one million km2 of Eastern Africa

Tue, 05/10/2010
This week BirdLife International and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) are launching a new project to create a conservation strategy for mountain ranges across eastern Africa, from Saudi Arabia and Yemen in the north to Zimbabwe in the south.

Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival

Mon, 04/10/2010
BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife Partner) is at the forefront of seabird conservation action, locally and internationally. The SOS Festival is a National Marine Month initiative from BirdLife South Africa’s Seabird Division. It will run from 11–17 October 2010, and aims to focus public awareness on seabird conservation problems and the work currently being done by BirdLife South Africa and other organisations to address these issues.

IBA monitoring data will measure progress towards CBD targets

Mon, 04/10/2010
In a significant contribution to indicators that track trends in the rate of global biodiversity loss, the BirdLife Partnership has developed a standard framework for monitoring Important Bird Areas (IBAs).

The nature of development – by Andre Farrar (RSPB – BirdLife in the UK)

Fri, 01/10/2010
Yesterday I was involved in discussions about two cases we have been following in these posts – theHumber Estuary on England’s east coast and the Kenya’s Dakatcha Woodlands. In talking about them on the same day, it dawned on me that there were some striking similarities despite their obvious difference.

Think Pink appeal update – Thank You!

Thu, 30/09/2010
Our recent appeal to help BirdLife save the Lesser Flamingo at Lake Natron in Tanzania has so far raised over £20,000. “Thank you so much to those who were so generous in their support for our Think Pink campaign to save Lake Natron”, said BirdLife’s Jane Gaithuma.

Major population crash of Critically Endangered Taita Apalis

Wed, 29/09/2010
Taita Apalis Apalis fuscigularis is endemic to the Taita Hills, in south-eastern Kenya. It is one of the rarest birds in the world, surviving in only five small forest fragments at altitudes of 1,500-2,200 m. Its known global range is less than 600 ha.

African Penguin Receives U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

Wed, 29/09/2010
A species of penguin from Africa is now protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), following the publication of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service final listing determination in today’s Federal Register.

Bird population monitoring in Botswana

Tue, 28/09/2010
It is widely acknowledged that birds are very useful indicators of biodiversity and the state of the environment. This is due to several reasons: birds occur in all habitats, often reflect trends in other animals and plants, and are sensitive to environmental change....

African Skimmers in Botswana

Tue, 28/09/2010
For the past several years, the Independence Day fishing competition at the end of September has been held in the Okavango Panhandle, coinciding with the peak breeding time for the Near Threatened African Skimmer. This species nests on exposed sandbanks along the Okavango River, and the presence of a large number of fishermen and their boats has had a negative impact on its breeding success.