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Cyclone Winston hits Castaway Island – home to Wedge-tailed shearwaters

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 01:20

Monuriki Island in Fiji was right in the path of Cyclone Winston. Home to Wedge-tailed shearwaters and free of rats and goats, this little island is an important sanctuary. The site support group, that monitors species and maintains predator biosecurity, faces unprecedented challenges as the consequences of climate change start to hit the Pacific

Pacific Fiji Invasive Alien Species - Pacific

Audubon becomes bilingual to serve Spanish-speakers

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 21:52

The National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the US), has expanded its online offerings to serve Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. Audubon's goal is to broaden awareness of birds and bird conservation.

Americas United States of America Capacity Development

Using a ‘race’ to celebrate migration and prevent illegal killing of birds

Tue, 15/03/2016 - 13:30

Read why BirdLife’s Champions of the Flyway is a unique birdwatching event with a purpose.

Europe and Central Asia Israel Migratory Birds

Almost 1 million birds still being illegally killed on British territory in Cyprus

Tue, 15/03/2016 - 08:46

Despite no more annual jumps in numbers, a record-breaking amount of birds are still being illicitly trapped to serve as the main ingredient for a local delicacy.

Europe and Central Asia Cyprus Migratory Birds

Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent Honeyeater in Court Decision

Mon, 14/03/2016 - 03:54

In a desperately needed win for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater, the New South Wales Land and Environment Court has found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was recognised that the Regent Honeyeater is in “grave peril” and that Cessnock City Council acted improperly in approving a Development Application for a steel fabrication facility in Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW.

Pacific Australia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

Programme funded by the Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation of Denmark helps ensure the survival of the unique Mangaia Kingfisher of the Cook Islands

Sun, 13/03/2016 - 21:04

The Mangaia Kingfisher (Todiramphus ruficollaris) - or Tanga’eo - is a stunningly beautiful `chunky’ kingfisher that lives only on Mangaia Island in the Cook Islands. While it is only rated as Vulnerable, with a world population of around 500, the Tanga’eo faces many threats. BirdLife Cook Island’s partner Te-Ipukarea-Society (TIS), with support from the Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation of Denmark, is seeking to ensure their future is secure.

Pacific Cook Islands Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) in flight (Photo: Yun-tak Chung/HKBWS)

Record Black-faced Spoonbill count, despite deteriorating habitat

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 14:19

The annual International Black-faced Spoonbill Census recorded 3,356 individuals in January 2016, an increase of 2.6% from the last year’s 3,272 individuals, and a record recent count for this Endangered Asian waterbird.

Asia China Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Asia

African vulture pilot study aims to reduce poisoning deaths

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 12:35

'Saving Africa’s Vultures', a new project to tackle the continent’s escalating vulture crisis, is now up and running, and aims to find out more about – and significantly reduce – the greatest threat facing African vultures: poisoning.

Africa Botswana

The special plight of Trans-Saharan migratory birds

Fri, 11/03/2016 - 10:59

The long distance travellers have seen large declines in their population in the last few decades. Here's what BirdLife is doing to stem the drop.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa