News Waterbirds

A handful of Velvet Scoters were spotted at Lake Tabatskuri, Georgia in 2014 © Nika Paposhvili

Surprise rediscovery of threatened duck diverts...

Thu, 12/08/2021
When researcher Nika Paposhvili unexpectedly discovered a population of Velvet Scoters in a location where the bird was thought to be extinct, it launched an urgent project to safeguard the future of the species - one that involved the whole community.
Eurasian Spoonbills observed at the Ribeira de Vinha waste water treatment plant © Biosfera

Cabo Verde waste water treatment plant is...

Mon, 14/06/2021
Researchers in Cabo Verde have discovered that a waste water treatment plant is an important stopover site for migrating birds, reminding us that there is still so much left to learn about this African archipelago. Find out how the Biosfera team are working to conserve this artificial wetland.
© Getbol World Heritage Promotion Team

Why the Korean Getbol tidal flats need World...

Fri, 11/06/2021
The Republic of Korea’s coastal wetlands are a vital feeding and breeding site for millions of waterbirds, including nine species that are globally threatened with extinction. This July, the World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe these vital habitats onto the UNESCO World Heritage List – the most prestigious of all conservation designations.
'Meidum Geese’ – painted plaster, the Chapel of Itet, Meidum, Egypt  c. 2575–2551 BC © C K Wilkinson

Does this ancient Egyptian fresco depict an...

Mon, 31/05/2021
When ancient Egyptian artists painted strange but lifelike geese on the side a tomb 4,600 years ago, they could never have expected they would become the subject of rigorous modern scientific study. But are these geese an extinct species, or just a flight of artistic fancy? We ask the experts.
Volunteers counting birds in the Qanatir Area in Cairo © Mohamed Badran

Nature Conservation Egypt's conservation...

Fri, 26/03/2021
This January, Nature Conservation Egypt launched the 2021 winter bird count, gathering important data on bird populations while engaging the public in conservation issues. This month, the success of the initiative gained them recognition from the whole conservation community.
Double-banded Plover © Agami Photo Agency / Shutterstock

Double trouble for the Double-banded Plover

Tue, 09/03/2021
A south Pacific shorebird with a very unusual migration pattern, the Double-banded Plover faces different threats whichever route it chooses.
The American Wigeon's population is declining due to habitat loss © Andrew A Reding / Flickr

Waterfowl winter refuge Fraser River Delta risks...

Wed, 16/12/2020
This winter, like every winter before it, thousands of ducks, geese and swans will gather to weather the cold at Fraser River Delta, Canada. But for how long? With a shipping terminal mega-expansion on the horizon, our Canadian Partners are campaigning to save this vital habitat – and you can help.
50% of the world's Spoon-Billed Sandpipers (Critically Endangered) overwinter here © Yann Muzika

Myanmar shorebirds get four-fold expansion in...

Fri, 03/04/2020
One of Asia’s most important shorebird sanctuaries has just quadrupled in size thanks to years of advocacy from our Myanmar Partner. Here's how they connected insight with action to help birds on the brink and the people who live alongside them.
Indian Skimmers © Dhairya Jhaveri

Meet the river guardians watching over Indian...

Tue, 17/12/2019
In India, an innovative community conservation experiment is helping to safeguard the globally threatened Indian Skimmer’s nesting colonies from free-ranging dogs and trampling cattle.
The Chinese Egret relies on the mangroves and mudflats as a refuelling site on migration © JJ Harrison

Great news for Singapore shorebirds: new...

Mon, 29/10/2018
This month, wetlands containing one of Singapore’s last remaining mangroves have secured protection after years of concerted advocacy. This move will benefit globally threatened birds such as the Chinese Egret and Straw-headed Bulbul.
Mar Chiquita lake harbours most of the planet's Chilean Flamingos © Pablo Rodriguez Merkel

Argentina is about to get its largest National...

Mon, 30/07/2018
This year’s British Birdwatching Fair will support the creation of Argentina's largest national park, in the process providing a haven to nearly a million flamingos and shorebirds.
Gediz delta is a refuge for the Red-breasted Goose, which is Vulnerable to extinction © Goean / Shutterstock

Irreplaceable: Gediz Delta, Turkey – a bridge...

Mon, 30/07/2018
A proposed mega-bridge spanning the Izmir Bay threatens to obliterate crucial waterbird breeding grounds, which are also a haven for rare seals and sea turtles. And that’s not the only thing threatening this unique site. Read about the actions taken so far to secure this habitat in danger.
Traditional saltworker, Bay of Cádiz © Salarte

Spain's traditional saltpans: an unlikely...

Fri, 18/05/2018
A surprising solution to the decline of migratory birds and sustainable rural development in Andalucía, Spain, is found in a link between culture and nature: food. All that’s needed is a sprinkle of passion (and salt).
The summit will address how best to conserve the world's migration superhighways © Shutterstock

Everything you need to know about our upcoming...

Mon, 26/03/2018
This April, some of the greatest minds of the conservation world will assemble at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, to thrash out the issues threatening our migratory birds. Below, we give a summary of the pressing topics we’ll be discussing.
 Le lac abrite diverses espèces d’oiseaux migrateurs tels que les grues © Fabian Haas

Le Kenya annonce une nouvelle aire protégée dans...

Wed, 14/03/2018
La nouvelle zone humide protégée du Lac Ol Bolossat au centre du Kenya qui couvre une superficie de 43,3 km2, est un site d’étape vital pour les oiseaux migrateurs et avait déjà été classée Zone importante pour la conservation des oiseaux.
Lake Ol Bolossat is a key habitat for Endangered birds such as the Grey Crowned-crane © Fabian Haas

Rapid response turns shrinking Kenyan lake into...

Wed, 14/03/2018
Lake Ol Bolossat is home to thriving hippopotamus families and a wealth of stunning waterbirds. But human activity is drying up this oasis of life. Just in the nick of time, a CEPF-funded campaign persuaded the Kenyan Government to grant formal protection.

Emergency Appeal: Cold front hits waterbirds hard

Tue, 24/01/2017
Support the emergency measures to protect waterbirds caught up in snow storms & extreme low temperatures in South-eastern Europe – please donate to the Waterbird Fund.
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.