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Zire Sbekha School in Mauritaina has no electricity, but the community is very active in conservation

Many voices, one song: children across Africa...

Fri, 11/05/2018
In honour of World Migratory Bird Day, school children from across the African-Eurasian flyway perform songs that pay homage to the birds that pass through their country. Every song is different, but their message is the same: we must all join together to protect our migratory birds.
The Barn Swallow crosses the Sahara Desert on its migration © Derek Keats

Don’t get in a flap, get into FLAP: a new...

Fri, 04/05/2018
The Friends of Landbirds Action Plan (FLAP for short), created by BirdLife and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), encourages people from all walks of life to share information, educate and spread the word to protect our landbirds on their migration over vast continents. And you’re invited.
The White Stork is among 2.6 million birds illegally killed over Lebanon each year © Carlos Delgado

Open letter: give our birds safe passage over...

Tue, 27/02/2018
With the spring migration just a few weeks away, conservation groups the world over have come together in support of an open letter to the President of Lebanon. Croatian conservationists call for the President to honour his promise for stricter enforcement of hunting laws.
"Spoonie" Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a Critically Endangered migratory bird species © Pavel Tomkovich

How Small Actions Can Make A Big Difference

Fri, 15/12/2017
2018 will be “Year of the Bird”, thanks to an exciting new campaign with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We’re calling on you to “bird your world”, starting with discovering why your backyard is a jigsaw piece for an entire continent…
European goldfinch: The species has become rarer in the Magreb over the past 30 years ©Lumoxg3, Flickr

United to stop illegal killing and trading of...

Fri, 07/07/2017
On 22 June 2017, BirdLife International experts joined more than 80 people representing governments, civil society organisations the convention on migratory species and a network of experts working to stop illegal killing, trapping and trade in wild birds.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 7

Fri, 12/05/2017
This week's edition of 'The Bird Bulletin' featuring record-breaking Ruffs, love-struck White storks and a recipe for nature-friendly food and farming for Europe!

Help us tackle illegal killing of migratory birds...

Wed, 01/03/2017
Large numbers of migratory birds are killed illegally every year and face major threats such as electrocution, poisoning and collision with powerlines.
Louisa Kabobah (far right) standing with school children © GWS

Ghana Wildlife Society wins Action of the Year...

Wed, 08/02/2017
Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) has been announced the winner of the 2016 Action of the Year contest, for its submission - "A walk with Swallows".
Birds killed by collision and electrocution by powerlines in Kassala State, Sudan © Ibrahim Hashim

How many more killer powerlines are there in...

Mon, 09/01/2017
Millions of migratory birds could be dying due to electrocution and collisions with electricity cables in an expanding power sector in Sudan.
Tree planting in Burkina Faso © Michiel van den Bergh

Trees for Life

Fri, 11/11/2016
Landmark research involving arduous work counting over 300 000 trees across the Sahel and searching for presence of migratory birds, has delivered a list of tree species that are preferred by birds.
Bird watching during the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2016 in Guinea ©Guinea Ecology

Guinea begins a new era for conservation of...

Fri, 30/09/2016
Guinea has now acquired tools and capacity to carry out conservation actions of migratory waterbirds.
Barn Swallow, by Vanesa Bezlaj, aged 15, from Slovenia was the winner of Spring Alive's drawing competition

Dear Africa, they’re in your hands now

Thu, 08/09/2016
Dear friends in Africa, We’ve done our best. Now they’re all in your hands. Please look after our migratory birds. Thank you, Europe.

Croatian national powerlines operator to...

Thu, 30/06/2016
From awareness raising to on-the-ground conservation, neither side is content to leave it at signatures, handshakes and lectures.

Alexander Rukhaia wins Whitley Award for...

Wed, 18/05/2016
The founder and director of the Society for Nature Conservation in Georgia (SABUKO) is the first person from the country to win the £35,000 in funding.

Preserving the Batumi bottleneck

Tue, 12/04/2016
Every year, over a million migratory birds fly through a 10-km wide corridor in Georgia on their way to their wintering grounds. They are under threat from illegal killing and infrastructure development.

New Sociable Lapwing habitats discovered in...

Tue, 12/04/2016
Very little was known about the Critically Endangered species' migratory route through Central and South Asia. That could soon change.

Finnish team wins third 'Champions of the...

Mon, 11/04/2016
In all, 243 species were seen during the 24 hours of the race by all teams.

The special plight of Trans-Saharan migratory...

Fri, 11/03/2016
The long distance travellers have seen large declines in their population in the last few decades. Here's what BirdLife is doing to stem the drop.