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Global Environment Outlook 3 – missing the 2010 biodiversity target

Tue, 11/05/2010 - 07:13

The flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been launched at UNEP Nairobi during the the opening ceremony of the 14th Subsidiary body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) meeting.

Africa

1st oiled birds from BP spill to be released

Mon, 10/05/2010 - 17:12

The first two oiled birds found in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been cleaned and are now recovered and ready for release.

Americas

Jamaica's petrels reveal some of their secrets

Mon, 10/05/2010 - 07:10

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.

Americas

Oil reaches Important Bird Areas

Thu, 06/05/2010 - 08:15

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.

Americas

WOW - new training kit launched for wetland bird conservation

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 18:16

The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project - the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative to take place in the African-Eurasian region - is launching an innovative Flyway Training Kit for waterbird conservation next week.

Africa

Oil Spill Answers from Expert on the Ground

Tue, 04/05/2010 - 17:52

Audubon’s Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is in Venice to help coordinate bird rescue efforts. Driscoll set aside some time yesterday evening to talk about the challenges facing bird rescue workers, the search for volunteers, the species of greatest concern, and the beauty and rich birdlife of the region.

Americas

Wetland Birds Are Sitting Ducks As Oil Slick Approaches Fragile Coast - Video

Mon, 03/05/2010 - 17:42

The exploded British Petroleum oil well pumping daily an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico is still hemorrhaging today as wildlife officials, politicians, and oil industry executives are clambering to triage and treat the crisis.

Americas

Important Bird Areas at Risk from the Gulf Oil Spill

Sat, 01/05/2010 - 17:37

Many Important Bird Areas designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner in the US) and its partners for their essential habitat value to bird species lie within potentially affected areas. Read the full list here.

Americas

Birds at risk from the Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 29/04/2010 - 17:35

See a list of bird species most at risk from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Americas

Are birds the next victims of Gulf oil spill?

Thu, 29/04/2010 - 17:26

Audubon (BirdLife Partner in the US) experts across the Gulf Coast are monitoring the spread of thousands of litres of oil that threaten to turn the recent drilling platform explosion into a growing environmental disaster.

Americas

Houbara Bustard threat in South Africa

Thu, 29/04/2010 - 08:45

BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife Partner) joined forces with other organizations to react with dismay to the receipt of information suggesting that there is interest in the hunting of Houbara Bustard by means of falcons in South Africa. According to information received, there is intention by falconers to establish a Houbara Bustard breeding facility in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and to release and hunt these bustards with large exotic falcons.

Africa

A baseline for conservation and livelihoods in Palau

Wed, 28/04/2010 - 18:00

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.

Pacific

Forest & Bird backs PCE call for greater environmental scrutiny

Thu, 22/04/2010 - 07:30

Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) are backing the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s call for more robust and independent environmental reporting.

Pacific

2010 Goldman Prize for Europe: Ma≈Çgorzata Górska - Video

Tue, 20/04/2010 - 14:55

OTOP's (BirdLife in Poland) Ma≈Çgorzata Górska led the fight to protect Polands Rospuda Valley, one of Europes last true wilderness areas, from a controversial highway project that would have destroyed the regions sensitive ecosystems. This video is narrated by actor and environmentalist Robert Redford. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest award for grassroots environmentalists.

Europe and Central Asia

Training 2,500 leaders in conservation

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:43

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) recently hosted a special evening to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. This event took place in Cambridge, UK, which is where the programme was conceived and initiated by BirdLife International back in 1985.

Europe and Central Asia

New spring hunting season in Malta

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:37

The shameful decision by the Maltese Government to open the spring hunting season in 2010 is a set back for nature conservation, which is particularly disturbing as 2010 is supposed to be the ‘International Year of Biodiversity’.

Europe and Central Asia

Rockhopper penguin boost

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:35

Argentina has created a new marine protected area to protect Vulnerable Southern Rockhopper Penguin.

Americas

Commercial fishing estimated to kill millions of Sea Turtles

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:32

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.

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