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BirdLife Species Champions strike gold in Chukotka

Sat, 09/07/2011 - 13:39

Heritage Expeditions - a BirdLife Species Champion supporting Spoon-billed Sandpiper - struck gold this week when they, and the passengers they have taken to the Russian Far East, helped discover a previously unknown breeding population of these rapidly declining waders.

Asia

Saving Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Fri, 24/06/2011 - 10:28

An international team of conservationists is on an emergency mission to help save one of the world’s rarest birds from extinction.

Asia

Search for the Fiji Petrel - Video

Fri, 20/05/2011 - 01:49

A short video showing the search for the Criticality Endangered Fiji Petrel by NatureFiji-MareqetiViti.

Pacific

Art v Extinction - Ghosts of Gone Birds

Thu, 19/05/2011 - 13:56

The first in a series of innovative arts events in support of the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme has launched in Liverpool, UK City of Culture.

Europe and Central Asia

Threatened antwren to benefit from creation of new State Park in Rio

Fri, 29/04/2011 - 20:46

A new protected area in Rio de Janeiro covers the home of the Critically Endangered Restinga Antwren

Americas

Swarovski Optik announces new conservation commitment

Thu, 24/03/2011 - 15:22

Swarovski Optik announce they will be providing further support for the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme.

Middle East Preventing Extinctions

Spoony wins hearts and votes from Disney’s Friends for Change

Thu, 24/03/2011 - 11:04

‘Saving Spoony’s Chinese Wetlands’, BirdLife’s project to save two key resting and feeding sites used by Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers in China, has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant by The Walt Disney Company, through Disney’s Friends for Change.

Asia

Syria hosts inaugural meeting of the Sociable Lapwing International Working Group.

Fri, 18/03/2011 - 07:25

Conservation scientists and government officials from fourteen countries spanning three continents are meeting in Syria today to plan collaborative conservation action that aims to prevent the extinction of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing.

Middle East

Rare species benefit from fund for threatened birds

Wed, 09/03/2011 - 12:46

The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds has announced its latest round of grants with some of the world’s most threatened birds benefiting.

Worldwide

A lifeline to prevent Africa's first recorded bird extinction

Fri, 04/03/2011 - 11:18

Liben Lark with a population of possibly fewer than 100 birds, is widely tipped to become mainland Africa’s first recorded bird extinction, unless urgent action is taken to prevent its demise from the only area it now inhabits: a single grassy plain in southern Ethiopia.

Africa

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

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

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

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

Critically Endangered Birds: A Global Audit

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 17:00

FREE Download. Critically Endangered Birds is a product of the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme. It presents the science underpinning the programme and the actions needed by other organisations, agencies and governments to complement it.

Worldwide

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 10:27

Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the world's strangest-looking birds and certainly the weirdest wader. It is a small bird with, as its name suggests, a spoon-shaped bill. The species is listed as Critically Endangered by BirdLife International because it has an extremely small population, which is getting smaller This means that it is at real risk from extinction in the next few years.

Asia

China’s rarest bird discovered wintering in Indonesia

Thu, 30/12/2010 - 20:03

A wintering Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini has been seen and photographed in Pulau Lusaolate, north Seram, Indonesia, representing the first record of the species outside the breeding season for over 70 years.

Asia

Saving seabirds in Ecuador

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 14:18

Early indications suggest that the artisanal demersal longline fishery, operating from small open out-board boats in South Ecuador, has a negative impact on seabirds, specifically the Critically Endangered Waved Albatross...

Pacific