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Bird population monitoring in Botswana

Tue, 28/09/2010 - 10:01

It is widely acknowledged that birds are very useful indicators of biodiversity and the state of the environment. This is due to several reasons: birds occur in all habitats, often reflect trends in other animals and plants, and are sensitive to environmental change....

Africa

African Skimmers in Botswana

Tue, 28/09/2010 - 09:42

For the past several years, the Independence Day fishing competition at the end of September has been held in the Okavango Panhandle, coinciding with the peak breeding time for the Near Threatened African Skimmer. This species nests on exposed sandbanks along the Okavango River, and the presence of a large number of fishermen and their boats has had a negative impact on its breeding success.

Africa

President congratulates Nature Seychelles on Carbon Neutral Nature Reserve

Tue, 28/09/2010 - 08:09

President James Alix Michel has congratulated Nature Seychelles (BirdLife Partner) on the work it has undertaken, which has resulted in Cousin Island Special Reserve becoming the world's 1st carbon neutral nature reserve.

Africa

Aves Argentinas: New tool for bird-banding studies

Mon, 27/09/2010 - 16:52

Ecofam Argentina, with support from Aves Argentinas (BirdLife Partner) is managing a new website specialised in records of banded sea and shore birds.

Americas

Building a future on IBA conservation in the Dominican Republic

Mon, 27/09/2010 - 11:26

Grupo Jaragua (BirdLife in the Dominican Republic) are motivating communities in the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve to protect and value their natural resources, by getting them involved in conservation planning, environmental awareness activities and the implementation of alternatives for sustainable development.

Americas

Bahamas National Trust examines seabirds major nesting areas after the oil spill

Fri, 24/09/2010 - 17:48

The Bahamas National Trust (BirdLife in the Bahamas) began surveys of seabirds colonies in the Western and SW Bahamas – Cay Sal Bank area to measure possible oil spill impact.

Americas

Cousin Island Special Reserve, Carbon Neutral

Fri, 24/09/2010 - 13:31

Cousin Island has become the World's 1st carbon neutral nature reserve. This exciting success story for Seychelles and the conservation and eco tourism world in general is the result of a rigorous carbon footprint assessment, assurance process and investment in high quality carbon credits to offset the footprint.

Africa

Maltese hunters have spoonbills in their sights

Fri, 24/09/2010 - 13:14

Malta has been shamed yet again by its illegal bird hunters who have blasted a number of Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia this week.

Europe and Central Asia

Vultures fly off with awards

Thu, 23/09/2010 - 13:44

Bird Conservation Nepal's (BCN, Birdlife Partner) Vulture Conservation Programme has won three of the eight awards established by the WWF to recognise and honor people and organisations at the grass-root level that have made significant contribution to conserving Nepal’s rich biodiversity.

Asia

Rare Bird Club Trip report – Cambodia 2010 by Jane Fenton

Thu, 23/09/2010 - 07:55

It was with some trepidation that I joined this braveheart expedition into the wilds of Cambodia to discover five Critically Endangered birds: White-shouldered and Giant Ibis, along with White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed Vulture.

Concurso: Ponle un nombre a la imagen del Festival Mundial de las aves en las Américas este año

Wed, 22/09/2010 - 21:25

Este año, la imagen del Festival Mundial de las Aves en las Américas se caracteriza por la presencia de un nuevo amigo...

Americas

Fijian villages shown new ways for forest management

Wed, 22/09/2010 - 14:22

Landowners in Vanua Levu (Fiji) who own large tracks of native forests have been encouraged to use their forests wisely.

Pacific

Thirty years of migration – a million miles on the wing

Tue, 21/09/2010 - 16:06

From now on it will be known as the million-mile bird: an Arctic tern which has been migrating between northern England and the Antarctic every year for the last three decades.

Worldwide

Conservation breakthrough in Botswana

Tue, 21/09/2010 - 15:49

The barren, inhospitable salt flats of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans might hardly seem like a conservation hotspot, but its designation as an Important Bird Area gives one an inkling that there is more to the area than meets the eye. Indeed, it is one of only four breeding sites for the Lesser Flamingo in Africa – as well as providing a haven for 30 other globally and nationally important birds.

Africa

Call for Applications: 2011 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

Tue, 21/09/2010 - 11:45

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has been helping young conservationists to achieve their goals and move into positions of influence within the conservation sector for more than 25 years.

Worldwide

Green State of Nature Address

Mon, 20/09/2010 - 11:03

Last Thursday, the Green Con-vergence for Safe Food and Healthy Environment, a loose coalition of networks and NGOs, held its third Green State of Nature Address (SONA). We were very appreciative that DENR Secretary Ramon Paje stayed the entire day to hear out our long complaints, urgent pleas and sturdy arguments particularly on forestry issues and mining.

Asia

BirdLife Malta Raptor Camp - September 2010 Video

Fri, 17/09/2010 - 08:29

Raphael Vassallo joins BirdLife Malta (BirdLife Partner) and the Campaign Against Bird Slaughter (CBAS) on their Raptor Watch camp in the Maltese countryside, monitoring for illegal hunting and trapping.

Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife's Local Empowerment Programme

Thu, 16/09/2010 - 15:21

BirdLife’s Local Empowerment Programme focuses on the individuals and organisations that work with BirdLife Partners to deliver conservation, for biodiversity and for people, at the local level.

Worldwide