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Rudong mudflats, Jiangsu Province, a crucial site for shorebird species ©  Richard Allen

Great news for shorebirds! China to halt coastal land reclamation

Tue, 23/01/2018
The Chinese government has announced that it will halt all ‘business-related’ land reclamation along its coast. This is a massive boost to the tens of millions of migratory shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) that depend on the intertidal mudflats of China’s east coast.
The Helmeted Hornbill (Critically Endangered) is one of innumerable bird species that will benefit from the Program © Bjorn Olesen

Satellite tracking app empowers communities to protect their own forest

Mon, 22/01/2018
This year we’re launching an innovative new programme using satellite technology and a mobile phone app to help locals monitor their forests. The Asia-Pacific Forest Governance Project, led by BirdLife and funded by the European Union, aims to involve the community in conservation and policy-making
Greater Adjutants on a rubbish dump in Guwahati, India © AJT Johnsingh, WWF India / NCF

Six unusual habitats that are birding hotspots

Fri, 19/01/2018
2018 is “Year of the Bird”, a year-long celebration in partnership with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab on Ornithology. This month we’re encouraging you to “Bird Your World” by getting out there and spending time with the birds you love – no matter where you are.
Masterclass participants at the end of training © Jude Fuhnwi

How to design a conservation project: masterclass turns ideas into reality

Wed, 17/01/2018
In November 2017, conservationists from four East African countries attended a masterclass in designing effective conservation projects. This has enabled them to create projects that can influence private companies, public policies, and secure the long-term future of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot
The Dalmatian Pelican is no longer globally threatened due to population increases ©  Bence Mate/Agami

Do not disturb: the life rafts keeping pelicans afloat

Wed, 17/01/2018
A huge conservation effort is successfully reversing the fortune of the world’s largest freshwater bird. But caught in the crossfire on a troubled lake, the Dalmatian Pelican’s new Red List category “Near Threatened” couldn’t be more appropriate
Mount Mabu is famous for its old-growth rainforest © Julian Bayliss

Five years' success for African mountain hotspot - bring on phase two!

Wed, 10/01/2018
Five years ago, Birdlife International was granted the funding to manage the rich but highly threatened biodiversity of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot. As the first five-year phase comes to a close, we reflect on the successes, lessons learned, and how to make this work last long into the future.
Leda and the Swan, Paul Cézanne

Flight of Fancy: Leda and the Swan

Wed, 10/01/2018
Over the centuries, the ancient Greek myth of Leda and the Swan has inspired art both beautiful and bizarre. We present some of the most striking interpretations of the impossible love between woman and bird-God.
Farmer Itey Phar harvests IBIS rice at Khey Svay village © BirdLife International Cambodia Programme

IBIS Rice: the bird-friendly rice scheme boosting livelihoods in Cambodia

Mon, 08/01/2018
On 27 December, BirdLife Cambodia hosted a Farmer’s Day at Khet Svay village in Siem Pang, to celebrate the area’s first harvest of IBIS Rice. This award-winning project is helping to conserve Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, and its crucial wildlife sanctuary home.
Climate change may be affecting the availability of the Snowy Owl's prey © Francais Cadien

Snowy Owl faces frosty future: classed as Vulnerable for the first time

Thu, 04/01/2018
One of the more eye-catching updates in the 2017 IUCN Red List paints a worrying picture for one of the world’s most familiar species. The Snowy Owl, an Arctic-nesting species with a range that spans the northern hemisphere, has been classed as Vulnerable for the first time.