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iBird Application to help monitor ecological helth

iBird to support monitoring of ecological health in Palau

Tue, 08/12/2015
In Palau, technology in the form of iPods and the iBird application, is helping in the response to the threats of climate change to this Micronesian nation. And it is the local BirdLife partner, Palau Conservation Society (PCS), in association with BirdLife and the Aage V. Jensen Foundation, that is providing these innovative tools.
Bar-tailed Godwits and other shorebirds helped by new sanctaury

Shorebirds gain new sanctuary in South Australia

Wed, 02/12/2015
A key South Australian shorebird habitat, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, is to be proclaimed a national park and the South Australian Government will also seek for it to be acknowledged as a site of significance in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. Migratory shorebirds are in trouble across the world and the creation of this new sanctuary and the recognition of its importance is a role model for other Australian State Governments
Particpants at a forum at the end of a five year conservation project in the Pacific

Pacific Partnership Protects Nature for People and Wildlife

Sun, 29/11/2015
A five year project undertaken by BirdLife together with the European Union to protect some of the most important sites for birds and other native wildlife throughout the Pacific is coming to an end. Working with national BirdLife Partners in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Palau, invasive alien species have been permanently removed from 10 islands and safeguarded 10 species of globally threatened wildlife such as the Polynesian Storm Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Micronesian Megapode and the Polynesian Ground Dove. A feature of the project was the involvement of local landowners and communities who have benefited from the work to remove the invasive species.
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos threatened by urban sprawl

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo threatened by urban sprawl

Sun, 29/11/2015
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is one of the popular and iconic birds of Western Australia. But the spread of Perth and habitat loss means they are in trouble. Updated research from BirdLife Australia shows that flocks are getting smaller as the population of these large, white-tailed, black-cockatoos declines each year. Over 600 volunteers taking part in the Great Cocky Count have confirmed the trend in numbers dropping each year. A causality of urban sprawl, If the current trend continues, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo population of the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain will continue to decline at a rate of roughly 15 per cent each year.
A rat attacks a keruru egg

Rat plague crisis about to hit New Zealand says BirdLife Partner Forest & Bird

Sun, 29/11/2015
BirdLife New Zealand partner, Forest & Bird is predicting a pest plague next winter and spring given the significant level of beech flowering occurring now. This will lead to an abundance of seed the next autumn which in turn leads to an eruption of rat and stoat predator populations. When seed supplies run out these predators turn on endangered birds such as mōhua, kākā, kea, whio and kiwi. Forest & Bird is seeking an urgent commitment by the New Zealand Government to commit to emergency funding for substantial pest control
Australian regent honeyeater eggs under attack

Regent Honeyeaters’ eggs under attack

Sun, 29/11/2015
Australia's critically endangered regent honey eater is facing more threats than originally recognised. Video monitoring is showing that the bird, their nests and eggs are being preyed on by Sugar Gliders and the larger Squirrel Gliders as well as house sparrows and magpies. Knowledge of these new threats will allow BirdLife Australia to look at ways of mitigating the problem such as collars or barriers to prevent access to nesting birds.
A sandalwood nursary providing income for local communities

Sandalwood nurseries to improve livelihoods of local Pacific communities managing Important Bird Areas

Thu, 05/11/2015
Helping local communities, who manage and protect important bird areas, develop sustainable livelihoods is key to nature protection in much of the Pacific. Read a case study of a local man's development of a sandalwood business in a small village on Viti Levu in Fiji.

Search for the lost Makira Moorhen

Wed, 04/11/2015
A new search for the lost Makira Moorhen hasn't found the elusive bird but threw up some tantalising clues. The Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership, following discussions with Dr. Mark O'Brien of BirdLife, spent 10 days in the in the forests of East Makira, Solomon Islands, but they did not locate any birds. Automatic cameras have been set to keep looking and the analysis of photographs taken will help focus a further search later in the year.
Juvenile Fatu Hiva Monarch - photo P Whitney

Fatu Hiva Monarch on the brink of extinction

Fri, 30/10/2015
The Fatu Hiva monarch is one of the most endangered species in the world with less than 5 fertile pairs left. In its remote home on Fatu Hiva, part of the Marquesas Archipelago in French Polynesia, its survival depends on controlling predator threats to the birds and nests in the valleys where it lives. Without resources this wonderful bird will be lost.