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Ruddy marvellous! turnstone flies 27,000 km – twice!!

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 07:37

Researchers from the Victorian Wader Study Group - a special interest group of Birds Australia [BirdLife Partner] - have just recaptured a Ruddy Turnstone which has completed a 27,000 km round trip migration for the second time.

Pacific

186 NGOs protest against Turkish draft law that could destroy the Anatolia region

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 14:28

Representatives of 186 civil society associations gathered outside the Turkish Parliament on Monday in protests against Turkey’s contradictory and worrying ‘Nature and Biodiversity Conservation’ draft law.

Europe and Central Asia

Red-breasted Geese to be monitored using GPS for the first time

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 11:44

A project aiming to monitor the behaviour and movements of the endangered Red-breasted Goose has received a boost.

Europe and Central Asia

Ace navigator Erzhan emerges in Sudan for a fourth consecutive winter

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 10:52

After an absence of any firm location data since early October, Erzhan - our most experienced traveller - has just popped up on our radar again. For the fourth year running we can confirm he is now back in a wintering flock in Sudan.

Middle East Preventing Extinctions

Crisis in Cyprus: Illegal bird trapping reaches disastrous levels

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 07:57

BirdLife Cyprus has released its newest report on illegal bird trapping with data gathered between 31 August and 8 November 2010, showing a dramatic rise in such activity.

Europe and Central Asia

Trees of Life

Wed, 26/01/2011 - 23:25

The name Hurricane Hole might conjure images of howling winds and crashing seas. In fact, this collection of bays on the southern shore of St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a sheltered sanctuary whose crystalline waters offer safe haven for young fish.

Americas

BirdLife Europe highlights its hopes for the Hungarian EU Presidency

Tue, 25/01/2011 - 13:53

With the bi-annual release of Greening Europe, Birdlife Europe publishes its EU policy priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU.

Europe and Central Asia Hungary Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Winners of The World's Rarest Birds announced

Tue, 25/01/2011 - 10:26

The winners of The World’s Rarest Birds international photo competition have just been announced. The competition, launched in 2010, aimed to secure images of the 566 most threatened birds on Earth for a new book highlighting their plight.

Pacific

Paraguayan project gets gold

Tue, 25/01/2011 - 08:32

A pioneering project in Paraguay aims to show that REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) can deliver significant and lasting benefits to forest communities and biodiversity, while meeting corporate social responsibility commitments, and contributing to climate change mitigation by sequestering carbon.

Americas Forests of Hope - Americas

Save forests. Save ourselves

Mon, 24/01/2011 - 10:35

It's now official - 2011 is the UN International year of the forests. "BirdLife welcomes the spotlight this year falling on the lungs of our planet and home to the majority of the World's biodiversity", said Dr Marco Lambertini, BirdLife International's Chief Executive.

Worldwide

Study outlines steps to protect declining North American landbird populations

Thu, 20/01/2011 - 13:13

A recent study carried out by scientists from Canada, Mexico and the United States, including several BirdLife Partners found that of the 882 native landbirds shared across borders, 17% (148 species) need immediate conservation action.

Americas

Search Continues for Pohnpei’s Rarest Bird

Thu, 20/01/2011 - 07:24

Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) Terrestrial Programme staff, in collaboration with BirdLife International staff Dr Mark O’Brien, recently returned from a seven-day expedition to the high ridges of the island surveying Nahnalaud, Nihpit, and Kupwuriso forest in search of the Critically Endangered Pohnpei Starling. Pohnpei is the largest island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Pacific

Help stop illegal hunting in Malta

Wed, 19/01/2011 - 14:56

Illegal hunting is a widespread and serious problem in Malta, with poachers specifically targeting protected birds including raptors (birds of prey) and Herons as well as rarer visitors to the islands.

Europe and Central Asia

Government of Cambodia declares new Sarus Crane reserve

Wed, 19/01/2011 - 07:36

Kampong Trach Important Bird Area has finally been designated as Cambodia’s second Sarus Crane reserve. This signing represents the culmination of consultative and bureaucratic process that began in 2006.

Asia

New eco-tourism initiative benefits Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation

Tue, 18/01/2011 - 08:24

Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation has received a vital boost from BirdLife Species Champion and award-winning expedition travel company Heritage Expeditions.

Asia

Miracle in the marshes of Iraq

Mon, 17/01/2011 - 09:23

A film documentary on the regeneration of Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes, a project led by Azzad Alwash, the CEO of BirdLife Affiliate Nature Iraq, will get its first public screening tomorrow on the UK's BBC TV Channel. The documentary is being shown at 2000 GMT on BBC2's Natural World series...

Middle East Iraq

ONG emite comunicado sobre las muertes de aves en Arkansas

Wed, 12/01/2011 - 14:55

La noticia de la muerte de aves en EEUU y Suecia recorrió el mundo, cayeron “del cielo” 500 aves en Louisiana, 3000 en Arkansas, docenas en Suecia; algo muy extraño, pero nada probado aún. No hay evidencia científica que explique lo que está sucediendo. El socio de Guyra Paraguay en los EEUU, la Sociedad Audubon, está haciendo el seguimiento de miles de aves halladas muertas en Arkansas, junto el segundo incidente en Luisiana, desde la víspera de Año Nuevo.

Americas

BirdLife recognised in British Honours list

Wed, 12/01/2011 - 08:34

Jonathan Eames, programme manager for BirdLife International in Indochina has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the British New Year’s Honours List. The award has been given for services to biodiversity, conservation and civil society development in Vietnam.

Asia