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

Fri, 18/03/2016
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

Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent Honeyeater in Court Decision

Mon, 14/03/2016
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.

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
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.

Forest & Bird and Birds New Zealand complete the identification of New Zealand’s Marine Important Bird Areas

Fri, 11/03/2016
The identification of the Marine Important Bird Areas of New Zealand has been completed in a collaboration between BirdLife partner Forest & Bird and Birds New Zealand. These cover sites at sea; coastal sites and islands; and rivers, estuaries, coastal lagoons and harbours

A tale with a message - search for lost Tahiti Monarch chicks after a vicious storm

Fri, 11/03/2016
A vicious storm hits the valleys where the Critically Endangered Tahiti Monarch clings to survival. Desperately SOP Manu staff look for three recently fledged chicks.

Cyclone Winston decimates 'Bird Island’ (Vatu-i-Ra) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Thu, 10/03/2016
The reality of a cyclone hit on nature. Vatu-I-Ra, a small Fiji Island, which is home to nine species of breeding seabirds including 20,000 pairs of Black Noddies (Anous tenuirostris) is decimated along with the communities on adjoining islands that manage and protect this Important Bird Area.

Winged Predators and an Ill wind threaten newly fledged Tahiti Monarchs

Mon, 29/02/2016
The Tahiti Monarch breeding season has been a record with 14 chicks fledged from just 53 adults. But in a tragic turnaround 5 have disappeared. So what happened to them? Not the usual culprits like black rats. French Polynesia BirdLife partner, SOP Manu calls in the detectives.

Cyclone Winston affects community conservation areas in Fiji

Mon, 29/02/2016
The worst ever cyclone to ever hit Fiji has ravaged the communities engaged in protecting some of the Pacific's most important conservation areas and endangered species. The impact of the storm on these key habitats is not yet known but it expected to be significant and very serious..
Chatham Island Taiko Chick

Record breeding season for Chatham Island tāiko

Thu, 25/02/2016
A record number of Taiko chicks a big step for a bird thought extinct until 1978. 22 chicks from 26 eggs is a massive lift for a species with a world population of less than 150