News BirdLife South Africa

Wind farm in Lesotho could cause the local extinction of vultures

Thu, 24/01/2013 - 15:04

BirdLife South Africa and BirdLife International are very concerned that the proposed development of a wind farm at Letseng in Lesotho could have severe impacts on the already declining populations of Cape Vultures and Lammergeiers.

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Satellite-tracking to assist in the conservation of South Africa's Secretarybirds

Wed, 04/07/2012 - 08:07

BirdLife South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme (EWT-BoPP), and the University of the Witwatersrand have launched a collaborative satellite tracking project on one of South Africa’s most charismatic raptors, Secretarybird.

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BirdLife South Africa joins the world to celebrate World Wetlands Day

Fri, 11/05/2012 - 09:32

BirdLife South Africa held a number of events to promote the important link between healthy wetlands and the good health of people, birds and the economy

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BirdLife South Africa's first Important Bird Areas newsletter

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 09:30

The newsletter includes updates on environmental education, Marine IBAs and community development.

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Save our Seabirds (SOS) Festival 2011

Fri, 04/11/2011 - 11:38

BirdLife South Africa's Save Our Seabirds Festival tackled the issues of overfishing, pollution and habitat loss.

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BirdLife South Africa’s Bird Clubs & Branches

Sat, 19/03/2011 - 09:56

This report is part of a project which aims to capture, document and disseminate these experiences and the lessons learned from them. The review is part of a project funded by the Aage V. Jensen Foundation.

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Bird Clubs South Africa style

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 08:41

BirdLife South Africa (BLSA; BirdLife Partner) has a membership of around 6,700, of whom more than 5,000 are also members of Bird Clubs. The network of more than 40 Bird Club/branches and affiliates provides a great resource, which allows BLSA to achieve much more than it could through its dedicated staff alone.

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Mining and prospecting prohibition call by NGOs in South Africa

Tue, 01/02/2011 - 16:57

BirdLife South Africa supports the formal request by the Centre for Environmental Rights to the Minister of Mineral Resources for a prohibition on prospecting and mining in certain key areas of critical biodiversity and hydrological value and sensitivity.

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Out of Africa – a round up of stories by Andre Farrar (RSPB – BirdLife in the UK)

Wed, 24/11/2010 - 10:08

One of the attractions of spending a couple of weeks in South Africa was the chance to escape a bit of the British winter – so why was I wrapped up, wishing I had brought gloves, walking into a foggy dawn? Altitude.

South African birds in trouble

Wed, 03/11/2010 - 08:46

Of the 10,000 bird species on Earth, 1,226 are listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. Forty of these occur in South Africa and of these 20 are endemic. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, species are now disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate, and studies have shown that this is mostly driven by human activities.

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How artwork is helping save the albatross - by Meidad Goren

Thu, 07/10/2010 - 08:42

For over 30 years Bruce Pearson, a professional artist, has worked on a range of themes to convey his enthusiasm for wildlife and especially birds, giving a sense of wonder to the wild places they inhabit. More recently he has focused some of his time on developing creative links between art and conservation as a contribution towards a wider effort by an informal grouping of artists, writers, musicians, poets and others inspired by the natural world.

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Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival

Mon, 04/10/2010 - 13:27

BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife Partner) is at the forefront of seabird conservation action, locally and internationally. The SOS Festival is a National Marine Month initiative from BirdLife South Africa’s Seabird Division. It will run from 11–17 October 2010, and aims to focus public awareness on seabird conservation problems and the work currently being done by BirdLife South Africa and other organisations to address these issues.

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African Penguin Receives U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

Wed, 29/09/2010 - 07:04

A species of penguin from Africa is now protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), following the publication of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service final listing determination in today’s Federal Register.

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Vuvuzelas could disturb sensitive birds

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:22

Birdlife South Africa (BirdLife Partner) are concerned the beautiful but noisy game of football, with its cheering crowds and vuvuzelas, might have an adverse affect on birds in the area. Executive Director Mark Anderson, said the sounds emitted from the World Cup revelry might cause certain species of birds to abandon their nests and leave their eggs vulnerable to predators.

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Three charismatic southern African birds heading for extinction

Tue, 15/06/2010 - 13:22

Three of South Africa’s flagship bird species have moved closer to extinction, according to BirdLife on behalf of the 2010 IUCN Red List. The African Penguin’s status has changed from Vulnerable in the 2009 category to Endangered, the Ludwig’s Bustard from Least Concern to Endangered and the Southern Ground Hornbill from Least Concern to Vulnerable.

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Birds guide the way for people and wildlife in South Africa - Video

Thu, 09/04/2009 - 14:39

BirdLife interview with Michael Kumako (Bird Guide) and Brenden Pienaar - Project Manager of the Kruger to Canyons Birding Route.

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