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David Attenborough, CCI DAB inauguration. Photo: SIR CAM/UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

BirdLife’s new nest: a home for conservationists

Fri, 08/04/2016 - 10:41

'We depend on nature for the very air we breathe, for every mouthful of food we consume, for every drop of clean water that we drink.”: these the inspiring words from Sir David Attenborough at the official opening of the new CCI conservation campus

Worldwide United Kingdom

This plant's funny name belies its dangerous nature

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 16:31

The Hottentot Fig is an invasive alien species that was favoured for its beauty, but is slowly killing other local vegetation in Portugal.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), a juvenile (Photo: HIH Princess Takamado)

The Goddess of Wisdom

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 06:55

“Through the Lens”, Fujingahou Magazine, April 2016

Asia Japan

Winter Wren trying to tell you a message about climate change. Original image: Frank Vassen, flickr

Small bird, big message

Fri, 01/04/2016 - 06:04

New study confirms common birds are powerful indicators of threats from climate change. From Europe to the US the trends match as scientists expected, the data showing coherent and substantial changes in detriment to cold-adapted species

Worldwide Climate Change

The White-necked Picathartes, a unique species in Ghana ©Michael Anderson

Ghana to Host Future4Nature Innovation Factory: A place for thinking outside the box

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 15:55

From 29th – 31st March 2016, BirdLife International, Ghana Wildlife Society and the Legon Botanical Gardens will host the Future4Nature kick-off event in Akosombo Ghana, to develop shared, innovative solutions tailored to conditions in Ghana that will lead to long-term improvements in people’s lives.

Africa Ghana Capacity Development

NGOs demand thorough review of the Common Agricultural Policy

Tue, 22/03/2016 - 07:00

More than 100 NGOs have signed a joint letter to the President of the European Commission to demand a review of the European food and farming system.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Seychelles Magpie-robin. Photo: Oliver Smart

Conservation Silver Bullet?

Mon, 21/03/2016 - 20:00

New global assessment finds major benefits to biodiversity when invasive mammals are removed from islands

Worldwide Seychelles Invasive Alien Species

Plovers, cows and gauchos on the grasslands of the Southern Cone. Photo: Alianza del Pastizal (Grasslands Alliance)

Conservation cowboy cooperation receives international recognition

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 17:32

It’s all about cooperation, conserving South America’s natural grasslands from agricultural intensification... Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance honoured for outstanding conservation achievement award.

Americas

Forest & Bird launches ambitious strategy for New Zealand's nature

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 03:15

Forest & Bird (BirdLife New Zealand), the country's largest and oldest non government conservation organisation, has launched a new Strategy for Nature which looks out to 2040 and sets ambitious and aspirational goals. It is based on the vision of, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ecological resilience being at the heart of everything the community does..

Pacific New Zealand Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

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