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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.

Award for vulture restaurant pioneer whose work...

Tue, 09/01/2018
This 2017 Nature's Heroes, nominated by Bird Conservation Nepal, pioneered safe feeding areas which have led to the beginning of a recovery in populations of threatened vultures.

Recognition for the birding guide who turned his...

Tue, 09/01/2018
Hendrikus Habur—2017 Nature's Heroes—is a birdwatching guide who has developed ecotourism around his local IBA into a source of improved livelihoods for his entire community.

Cyprus presents a bird guide for young explorers

Tue, 09/01/2018
BirdLife Cyprus’s latest publication ‘What’s that bird?’ is a bird guide for young explorers. Elena Markitani explains why it’s especially important in Cyprus to introduce children to the wonders of the natural world while they are young.
Farmer Itey Phar harvests IBIS rice at Khey Svay village © BirdLife International Cambodia Programme

IBIS Rice: the bird-friendly rice scheme boosting...

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...

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.
Felicity Strange receives he Nature's Heroes Award from BirdLife South Africa

Nature’s Hero award for work to save Verlorenvlei...

Thu, 04/01/2018
Felicity Strange—nominated by BirdLife South Africa as a Nature's Hero for 2017—has worked to conserve the Verlorenvlei Estuary IBA for over ten years.
Dasho Paljor Dorji, 2017 Nature's Hero for his exemplary work in Bhutan's conservation.

Nature’s Heroes Award for Bhutan’s Godfather of...

Thu, 04/01/2018
Dasho Paljor Dorji (Dasho Benji)—often referred to as the Godfather of conservation in Bhutan—has been named one of Nature's Heroes by Bhutan's Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN).
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.

Coming home: the kulan of Central Kazakhstan

Thu, 21/12/2017
Danara Zharbolova from ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan recounts the promising first steps in an exciting project to establish a new population of Turkmenian kulan in Central Kazakhstan.
This year, Spring Alive brought out their first children's story book © Spring Alive

Thinking outside the box: engaging tomorrow'...

Thu, 21/12/2017
Throughout 2017, conservationists have been visiting schools and communities across Eurasia and Africa as part of BirdLife's Spring Alive project. At the end of the year, Spring Alive reflects on some of the most exciting ways of inspiring both children and adults about migratory birds and nature.
Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith (centre) in the field © Te Ipukarea Society

How to highlight bird conservation and plastic...

Wed, 20/12/2017
Conservation Project Officer Alanna Smith, aka “Miss Cook Islands”, talks about her passion for conserving her country’s bird species, and how she’s more likely to be found making compost with local kids than wearing heels.
The Indian Vulture is one of three vulture species reassessed in a new paper released today © Sudipto Roy

New study: India may have even fewer vultures...

Tue, 19/12/2017
India’s Critically Endangered vulture populations seemed to be stabilising, but a new study reveals that numbers may be fewer than we thought. Although vulture-killing livestock drug diclofenac has been banned, other drugs, equally fatal to vultures, have not. This is thought to be the main cause.

New call for plant and coastal biodiversity...

Mon, 18/12/2017
On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund we announce a new Call for Letters of Inquiry for large grants for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot; (Français) (Português)

Clean Energy Package in the EU Parliament –...

Mon, 18/12/2017

As we all begin winding down for Christmas break, here at BirdLife Europe we have been

Peter Magosvongwe , BirdLife Nature's Hero 2017

Local guide looks after his stars

Fri, 15/12/2017
A lot of young people who live in and around Zimbabwe’s Bvumba Highlands IBA know a lot more about birds, because of local guide and BirdLife Nature's Hero Peter Magosvongwe
"Spoonie" Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a Critically Endangered migratory bird species © Pavel Tomkovich

How Small Actions Can Make A Big Difference

Fri, 15/12/2017
2018 will be “Year of the Bird”, thanks to an exciting new campaign with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We’re calling on you to “bird your world”, starting with discovering why your backyard is a jigsaw piece for an entire continent…

In the bleak midwinter

Fri, 15/12/2017
In his editorial of this month’s edition of the Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Christopher Sands looks for rays of hope to brighten up ‘the bleak mid-winter’...