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The Marine Protected Area covers important Grey-headed Albatross colonies © John Dickens

New research shows sustainable fishing and...

Wed, 15/04/2020
In the sub-Antarctic, intrepid expeditions and satellite tracking data have allowed us to pinpoint important feeding and breeding zones for seabirds and seals. This valuable information helps planners to minimise the overlap between fisheries and wildlife.
Juvenile Wandering Albatross wearing tracking device on Bird Island, South Georgia © Alex Dodds

New study: are teen seabirds safe?

Wed, 05/02/2020
Seabirds have an exploratory adolescent phase, often looking for food in ocean areas quite different to breeding adults. A new collaborative BirdLife study warns that current seabird protection measures should not neglect such crucial stages of seabird development.
Aves Argentinas staff demonstrate bird-safe measures to fishermen © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force in the Americas: working...

Wed, 29/01/2020
BirdLife's Albatross Task Force works with fishing crews on board their ships to introduce seabird-saving measures in focal countries. Here's an update of the programme's successes in the Americas.
Albatross researcher on Bird Island

Living with albatrosses: Bird Island human stars...

Wed, 18/12/2019
If you have been following along with #AlbatrossStories and watching the nest cams of Greta, you will have seen the extreme changeability of sub-Antarctic weather. We spoke with Alex Dodds, of British Antarctic Survey, living and working on Bird Island, to get her story about living with albatross.

Shy by name, not by nature: Shy Albatross...

Tue, 22/10/2019
For centuries, this albatross's slow and measured approach to breeding worked just fine. But now, facing new human threats, will this become the 16th out of all 22 albatross species to be listed as globally threatened?
Grey-headed Albatross pair at Diego Ramírez archipelago, Chile © Cristián G. Suazo

Chile announces vital new regulations to protect...

Wed, 25/09/2019
At the end of last month, the Chilean Government took a vital and welcome step towards saving thousands of seabirds from being needlessly killed in their trawl fisheries by introducing new regulations making the use of mitigation measures mandatory.
Wandering Albatross © Derren Fox

#AlbatrossStories: Behind the lens with extreme...

Tue, 14/05/2019
We caught researcher and #AlbatrossStories photographer Derren Fox for an exclusive interview. Derren has spent over four years on Bird Island. As he leaves this sub-Antarctic wonderland for the second time, he reflects on his photography journey, what it’s like living alongside charismatic and magnificent albatross, and why campaigns like #AlbatrossStories are needed more than ever.
Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile is one of the highest-ranking islands on the list © Island Conservation

Want to prevent 131 extinctions? Focus on these...

Tue, 26/03/2019
Invasive species are a huge threat to island wildlife. A new study pinpoints key islands across the world that we could start restoring right now to help save the maximum number of highly threatened species.

The tale of the albatross and the algorithm

Sun, 27/01/2019
This is a story about the albatross, one of the most iconic and endangered groups of birds, about industrial fishing in the remotest ocean regions that kills them, and an astonishing experiment in machine learning which may just help to save them.
All photos © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force leader wins major award with...

Thu, 01/11/2018
We interview the leader of the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, Leandro Tamini, who has won the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership, which recognises people or organisations having a profound impact on marine conservation.
Without this intervention, the Tristan Albatross could soon go extinct © J Cleeland

Ambitious plan to remove "mega-mice" to...

Mon, 22/10/2018
Giant invasive “mega-mice” on Gough Island are set to be eradicated in one of the most ambitious projects of its kind, which will save two million seabird eggs and chicks a year from being eaten in the nest.
A purse seine vessel off the coast of Chile © Luis Cabezas

Going for Green: Chile purse seine project...

Tue, 18/09/2018
Modifying purse seine nets in Chile seems to offer a promising new way to reduce seabird bycatch. This year, the project has received prestigious recognition from the Latin American Green Awards.
Black-browed Albatross © Stephanie Winnard

7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has...

Thu, 13/09/2018
For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife’s most successful programmes. Here’s what it has achieved in the past year alone.
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.

This month in science: albatross disease risk,...

Mon, 02/07/2018
We present the highlights of the latest issue of Bird Conservation International, our quarterly peer-reviewed journal promoting worldwide research and action for the conservation of birds and their habitats.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
Wandering Albatross populations have halved in 35 years due to human activity © Steph Winnard

Plastic killed albatross chick on nest, bycatch a...

Mon, 11/12/2017
BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2 prompts Marine Conservationist and Photographer to explain why the tales of human impact are the scenes she won’t be forgetting, what else threatens the seabirds she's closest to, and what you can do in response to help
A success story: invasive rats have already been successfully eradicated from Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands © Abe Borker

New study reveals why islands are our biggest...

Wed, 25/10/2017
New research has found that nearly half of the earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands – and two thirds of them share their homes with harmful invasive species. With this information, we’re better equipped than ever before to focus our conservation action where it’s most needed.