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Audubon’s President speaks out on Gulf Oil Spill

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 16:50

Audubon is gravely concerned about the ultimate toll this unprecedented environmental crisis will have on the already strained Gulf Coast ecosystem. Audubon has recruited more than 12,000 volunteers to assist with on-the-ground response efforts.

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Searching for Sociable Lapwing with Nature Iraq's Omar Fadil

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 07:44

Since the invasion of 2003, many people have been struggling to survive in the chaos and bloodshed in Iraq . Even now the country's far from safe. However, over the past two years, Omar Fadil has set out to doggedly survey the bird population for Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner), taking him to some of the most dangerous spots in search of species like the elusive and Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing. On the phone from Baghdad, he told BirdLife about his latest survey in what is still one of Iraq 's security hotspots.

Forest & Bird calls for action over Hector’s dolphin deaths

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 06:28

Forest & Bird (BirdLife Partner in New Zealand) calls on the Ministers of Fisheries and Conservation to better protect New Zealand’s endangered Hector’s dolphins following news of two dolphin deaths in fishing nets, kept quiet by the Government until today.

Pacific

Wildlife death toll from oil spill uncertain

Wed, 19/05/2010 - 06:19

Federal officials say they don't know whether a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico killed 189 sea turtles, birds and other animals found dead since it started.

World governments urged to be more ambitious in efforts to save biodiversity

Tue, 18/05/2010 - 08:34

A coalition of 14 conservation organizations including BirdLife has called on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to amend its mission in light of the failure of the 2010 biodiversity targets and to set firm new measures to be implemented by 2020.

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Conservation success: Eight-fold increase of turtle nesting on Cousin Island

Tue, 18/05/2010 - 07:00

Cousin Island Special Reserve has recorded a phenomenal eight-fold increase in abundance of nesting hawksbill turtles since the early 1970s based on new analysis of data, a scientific paper published in the Endangered Species Research journal has revealed. The increase is directly attributed to the ongoing turtle conservation program on Cousin started in 1972.

Africa

Princess presents award to Nature Uganda staff

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 17:00

HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) recently presented one of the world’s top prizes for grassroots nature conservation – a Whitley Award – to Jimmy Muheebwa, of Nature Uganda (BirdLife Partner), for his work to improve livelihoods and wetland management in the Ugandan catchments of Lake Victoria, and create better habitats for the region’s wildlife, including Uganda’s national bird, the Grey-crowned Crane.

Africa

Un mapa de la esperanza para la biodiversidad de las Américas

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 12:51

Una iniciativa de conservación que une sitios y organizaciones para la conservación.

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Protecting mainland Europe’s rarest songbird

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 12:35

Government officials from states across Europe and Africa, as well as experts and conservationists, came together in Biebrza National Park, Poland, to discuss the survival of mainland Europe’s rarest songbird, the Vulnerable Aquatic Warbler.

Europe and Central Asia

Conservation Leadership Programme in 2010 - Video

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 10:32

In 2010, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) celebrates 25 years of conservation success. This video showcases three of the people and projects supported by the programme around the world.

Audubon oil spill response volunteer - Video

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 09:02

Meet Liz, who's volunteering with Audubon in Venice, Louisiana. "I'm here volunteering at Cypress Cove Marina in Venice, La., and we're volunteering with the Audubon Society. We're waiting for any of the birds to show up from out where they're having the oil slicks, and we're waiting to help transport if there's anything we can do to help."

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Audubon oil spill response volunteer - Video

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 08:58

Meet Elizabeth, who’s volunteering with Audubon in Venice, Louisiana. "I'm Elizabeth Underwood. I'm a resident of New Orleans, La., where I've lived for 17 years. I am volunteering with the Audubon organization to help with oiled-bird rescue in any way that I can because I understand the deep link between the health of our coast and the health of my city and my future. I'm very passionate about protecting the environment, and I'm very honored to be able to be out here and be of service."

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Natuurpunt: 15 years educating people to love nature

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 06:02

This year “Natuurpunt Educatie”, the education branch of Natuurpunt (BirdLife in Belgium), celebrates its 15th anniversary. The tradition of environmental education in Belgium is much older, however; the institution dealing with these issues which was to merge with Natuurpunt in 2001 was already operating in 1935.

Europe and Central Asia

Concerns grow for the IBAs, wildlife and gulf coast habitat

Fri, 14/05/2010 - 20:21

Oil from the recent spill in the Gulf of Mexico is getting closer to more Important Bird Areas - concerns grow for the wildlife and gulf coast habitat.

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Malta Spring hunting is unlawful

Fri, 14/05/2010 - 06:00

The new derogation contravenes the requirements of the EU Birds Directive as it clearly fails to satisfy the key conditions required by EU legislation: Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur and Common Quail Coturnix coturnix are in unfavourable conservation status in Europe and as required by the Commission’s guidance on hunting, no derogation for these species should be allowed.

Europe and Central Asia

Sun, sea and saving birds: A Pacific cruise of a lifetime

Thu, 13/05/2010 - 15:37

If the thought that saving a species from extinction while soaking up the sun and scenery on a Pacific cruise appeals to you, then you will be interested in the following opportunity from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK).

Pacific

Irish Twite danger

Wed, 12/05/2010 - 13:26

Twite face imminent extinction in Ireland according to BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner). Conservation measures have been proposed to try and save the remaining breeding population.

Europe and Central Asia

Birds rescued from gulf oil spill released in Florida

Wed, 12/05/2010 - 11:25

The first two oiled birds found in the Gulf oil spill have been cleaned, rehabilitated, and are now ready for release today on Florida's Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, a refuge the National Audubon Society (BirdLife Partner in the US) helped establish and manage. The birds, a Northern Gannet and a Brown Pelican, will find a safer place to be at the nation's first wildlife refuge, on the Atlantic coast near Vero Beach and currently outside the oil spill trajectory.

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