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Red Alert from Finland - Number of Threatened Bird Species Increases

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 15:12

December 2010 proved to be a very sad month in Finland in terms of bird protection. The new Red List, indicating which species are threatened, showed that the number of threatened bird species in Finland had increased by almost 70%.

Europe and Central Asia

Tackling Invasive Alien Species

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 14:51

BirdLife has published a leaflet to increase awareness about invasive alien species in the 27 EU Member States and to promote the importance of adopting appropriate legislation in Brussels.

Pacific

Former President of International Council for Bird Preservation and Audubon dies

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 12:25

“The world has lost a champion for the environment,” Audubon President, David Yarnold said at Audubon headquarters in New York. “Russ Peterson distinguished himself as president of the National Audubon Society from 1979-1985. Throughout the country Audubon staffers join me in recalling his visionary contributions, and the extraordinary example he set.”

Worldwide

Endangered Yellow-shouldered Blackbird on “Neotropical Birds”

Mon, 28/02/2011 - 11:28

An authoritative online life history for the Endangered Yellow-shouldered Blackbird Agelaius xanthomus has been published on Neotropical Birds Online.

Americas

BirdLife Pacific e-bulletin out now

Wed, 23/02/2011 - 12:58

Welcome to our first e-bulletin in 2011. In this issue we bring you news of some of the activities being carried out by BirdLife Partners across the Pacific region to save our most threatened bird species – and our wider biodiversity – from extinction. You’ll read about what’s being done for the Critically Endangered Crow Honeyeater in New Caledonia; the New Zealand Fairy Tern – that country’s rarest bird...

Pacific

New funding to monitor the state of Bulgaria’s farmland birds

Tue, 22/02/2011 - 13:30

The Bulgarian Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MFA) has commissioned the preparation of an index of the state of farmland birds from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria).

Europe and Central Asia

Zwazo magazine tackles climate change

Mon, 21/02/2011 - 09:27

The latest issue of Zwazo, Nature Seychelles' (BirdLife in Seychelles) bi-annual conservation magazine is on climate change. It contains accounts of activities being taken locally, in the region and globally to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Africa

Record number of Spoonbills seeking shelter from storm greeted with gunfire in Malta

Mon, 21/02/2011 - 07:35

Starting last Friday, and continuing into the weekend, illegal hunters have been targeting rare protected Eurasian Spoonbill as a record three flocks totaling around 70 Spoonbills sought shelter in the southeast of Malta from gale force winds.

Europe and Central Asia

Record flock of Sociable Lapwings discovered in Oman

Fri, 11/02/2011 - 13:05

Exciting news has just reached us that a country record flock of 90+ Sociable Lapwings was present at Salalah in Oman on Christmas Day, 2010.

Middle East Oman Preventing Extinctions

Grauer’s Swamp Warbler mistnetted at Kibira National Park - Burundi

Thu, 10/02/2011 - 07:03

An Endangered Grauer’s Swamp Warbler Bradypterus graueri - so far found in the restricted range of swamps of Burundi, Rwanda and eastern part of DRC - was recently mistnetted at one of valley swamps of Kibira National Park called Mwokora.

Africa

Tunisian NGOs unite to tackle urgent threats to Protected Areas

Wed, 09/02/2011 - 11:52

Following the recent political instability in Tunisia, environmental and developmental NGOs have received a number of alarming reports of aggressive attacks to staff, animals and plants at Protected Areas within the country. In the face of these threats, the NGOs met recently to unite in their action to tackle the plundering of their natural resources.

Africa

Cross-border conservation vital to protect birds in a climate change world

Wed, 09/02/2011 - 08:38

Countries need to increase co-operation over conservation to protect birds and other wildlife in an era of climate change, according to a new continental-scale study.

Africa

BirdWatch Ireland appoints new Chief Executive

Fri, 04/02/2011 - 09:32

BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner in Ireland), Ireland's largest nature conservation NGO, has announced that Alan Lauder has taken over the helm as its new Chief Executive.

Europe and Central Asia

Spring Alive 2011 ready to fly, with some bright and brand new feathers

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:35

BirdLife and its Partners have announced the start of Spring Alive 2011: a European-wide project that invites families with young children to communicate their first personal observations of migratory birds arriving near their home.

Europe and Central Asia Poland Migratory Birds and Flyways

Spoon-billed Sandpiper podcast

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 15:17

In this podcast Charlie Moores from www.talking-naturally.co.uk talks with Jim Lawrence, Manager of BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, Chris Collins, a highly-experienced Leader with Heritage Expeditions, and Dr Zockler about Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation.

Asia

European Commission urges Romania to protect the Sulina wetlands

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 12:16

The European Commission has urged Romania to improve its protection of the Sulina area in the Danube Delta, as new tourism developments threaten to degrade it.

Europe and Central Asia

Celebrating World Wetlands Day while South Africa is flooding?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 10:00

South Africa is flooding, and the extent of destruction in some areas is unprecedented. Lives have been lost, families uprooted and livelihoods destroyed. The money required to repair the devastation runs into millions of Rand. It would be fair to question why BirdLife South Africa is promoting the celebration of World Wetlands Day with the link between wetlands and water during these trying times.

Africa

BirdLife Malta appoints new Executive Director

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 08:49

BirdLife Malta has announced its appointment of Mr Paul Debono as the organisation’s new Executive Director.

Europe and Central Asia