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Fijian site support groups receive fundraising...

Wed, 04/08/2010
BirdLife International Fiji Programme, for the first time brought together representatives

Rats, cats, pigs and mice fuelling bird...

Tue, 06/07/2010
Put together, the UK’s 16 overseas territories are fifth in the world league table of bird extinctions, with at least ten species from the territories going to oblivion since 1500AD, partially or wholly because of the impact of non-native mammals, such as rats, feral cats, mice and pigs.

Seabird Mitigation Research Update – The Hook Pod

Mon, 05/07/2010
BirdLife's Global Seabird Programme (GSP) is working with Fishtek to develop a ‘hook pod’ for pelagic longline fisheries that prevents seabirds from accessing baits before a pressure sensitive valve operates at a pre-determined depth to release baited hooks.

Eastern Caribbean students draw attention to...

Mon, 28/06/2010
Three pupils from Dominica, Antigua and Martinique have secured their schools EC$300 for books on nature conservation. Emma Farley, Jordan Simmons and Christelle Brunot are the winners of Environmental Protection In the Caribbean’s (EPIC) Eastern Caribbean poster competition, ‘Why are Seabirds Important?’.

Three charismatic southern African birds heading...

Tue, 15/06/2010
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.

It's time to do something about seabird...

Wed, 09/06/2010
EU Commissioner Damanaki received representatives of BirdLife International so that they could deliver the pledges of 23,000 citizens, urging the Commission to do something about the by-catch of seabirds in longline operations. "It's time to do something. I'm completely convinced about this", Commissioner Damanaki announced.

A First for Seychelles - Cousin celebrates IBA...

Tue, 01/06/2010
Cousin Island Special Reserve has become the first IBA - Important Bird Area - branded site in the Seychelles and the Western Indian Ocean region. The IBA branding states publicly that Cousin island is of outstanding value for bird conservation. IBAs are sites of global importance for birds and their conservation, defined and listed by BirdLife International, the world authority on birds.

Over 300 dead birds are likely Gulf spill victims

Tue, 25/05/2010
More than 300 sea birds, the bulk of them brown pelicans and northern gannets, have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the first five weeks of the oil spill off Louisiana, wildlife officials reported on Monday.

Concerns grow for the IBAs, wildlife and gulf...

Fri, 14/05/2010
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.

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

Thu, 13/05/2010
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).

Birds rescued from gulf oil spill released in...

Wed, 12/05/2010
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.

1st oiled birds from BP spill to be released

Mon, 10/05/2010
The first two oiled birds found in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been cleaned and are now recovered and ready for release.

Jamaica's petrels reveal some of their...

Mon, 10/05/2010
Searches at sea off the eastern coasts of Jamaica have revealed the presence of significant numbers of Pterodroma petrels, and was supported by BirdLife International's Preventing Extinctions Programme.

Oil reaches Important Bird Areas

Thu, 06/05/2010
Reports of oil reaching the Chandeleur Islands mark the initial assault of the massive Gulf Oil Spill on the first of 25 recognised Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that line the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to south Florida. Designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner) in conjunction with BirdLife International, the sites provide essential habitats to hundreds of species. South of Gulfport, Mississippi, the Chandeleurs are breeding habitat for Sandwich and Royal Terns, plus Brown Pelicans—only recently removed from the U.S. Endangered Species list and just beginning to bounce back.

A baseline for conservation and livelihoods in...

Wed, 28/04/2010
The Palau Conservation Society (PCS, BirdLife in Palau), together with BirdLife International and other partners, is implementing a project to eradicate invasive alien mammals on the islands of the Kayangel atoll, Palau.