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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.

Commercial fishing estimated to kill millions of...

Thu, 15/04/2010
It's not just seabirds which are accidently killed in commercial fisheries. The number of sea turtles accidently snared by commercial fishing gear over the past 20 years may reach into the millions, according to the first peer-reviewed study to compile sea turtle bycatch data from gillnet, trawl and longline fisheries worldwide.

List of Penguin Species

Wed, 24/06/2009
Here’s a list of Penguin species. In total there are 18 species in the penguin family, of which 11 are Globally Threatened according to BirdLife on behalf of the IUCN Red List.

Impacts of Invasive Species - Tristan Albatross...

Thu, 09/04/2009
Critically Endangered Tristan Albatross, where chicks are being eaten alive by the invasive House Mice on Gough Island in the South Atlantic.

RSPB interview with Huw Irranca-Davies - UK...

Thu, 09/04/2009
Interview by Euan Dunn (RSPB's Head of Marine) with Huw Irranca-Davies - UK Minister for Marine and Natural Environment at Defra.