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The winner - Bar Tailed Godwit

Bar Tailed Godwit: New Zealand's Bird of the Year

Wed, 28/10/2015 - 22:23

The bar-tailed godwit (kuaka) has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year. It has the longest migratory flight of any bird in the world but it is threatened by habitat loss. But there was hope for another `born to fly' species, the red knot or Hauhou, with the announcement of a discussions between New Zealand and China to.gain protection in the Hebel Province for a significant habitat for red knots and other shorebirds, covering more than 3000 hectares, with other extensive wetland sites under consideration

Pacific New Zealand China Programme

Iconic Tahiti Monarch

Community action saving iconic Tahiti Monarch

Wed, 28/10/2015 - 21:21

The decline of the Tahiti Monarch is being reversed by ongoing and intensive action by BirdLife French Polynesian partner Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU) and the local community. For the first time in many years the population has topped 50 birds with 17 pairs incubating 31 nests last summer and fledging 12 chicks. Small gains but with a species so close to extinction, this is a welcome outcome but we need help to secure the future of this iconic bird.

Pacific French Polynesia Preventing Extinctions - Pacific

Eurasian Oystercatcher - Photo: © Zhang Ming

Red List reveals Europe’s farmland wading birds in crisis

Wed, 28/10/2015 - 15:42

The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is out – and it’s sounding alarm bells for some of Europe’s most charismatic and cherished shorebirds.

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions

Over 310,000 seedlings to mitigate the local impacts of climate change

Tue, 27/10/2015 - 15:18

The Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR), the BirdLife International partner in Rwanda, plus other partners in the region work together to enhance climate change resilience in the Lake Kivu Basin by applying the CRAG approach.

Africa Rwanda

Major EU countries join fight to protect European Nature Laws

Tue, 27/10/2015 - 13:30

Key European nature laws have just been given a massive boost as a number of major EU countries, led by Germany, call for them to be protected.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia


World’s biggest seabird tracking database shows their incredible journeys

Tue, 27/10/2015 - 07:02

At the World Seabird Conference BirdLife celebrate the Global Seabird Tracking Database helping to conserve some of the planet’s most emblematic birds and reaching 5 million data points. Many insights from some of the most traveled species on our planet. .

Worldwide South Africa Marine

Nature’s clean-up crew are in drastic decline so BirdLife Partners come together to take action. Dr Kabelo Senyatso pledges for BirdLife Botswana. Photo: Obaka Torto

BirdLife Partners commit to saving Africa’s vultures

Thu, 22/10/2015 - 13:11

Nature’s clean-up crew are in drastic decline so BirdLife Partners come together to take action

Africa Ghana Preventing Extinctions

Birdwatchers unravel effects of climate change on vulnerable species

Thu, 22/10/2015 - 09:15

New details on how birds respond to climate change have been revealed by thousands of volunteer bird watchers all over Europe, according to a study BirdLife International has contributed to.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change

First-ever conservation plan announced for the Agami Heron

Wed, 21/10/2015 - 09:30

This species is so discreet that few humans have ever seen them. And few ever will, with populations set to decline rapidly over the next 3 generations. Can this plan save them?

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Americas

The not-so-Green Way: Special conservation area threatened by major road development

Tue, 20/10/2015 - 13:45

There are fears a special conservation area in Turkey is being put at risk by a new road project.

Europe and Central Asia Turkey Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Egyptian Vulture - Sergey Dereliev

Veterinary diclofenac now completely banned in Iran

Mon, 19/10/2015 - 11:50

A small victory against the drug that has caused a more than 99% decline in vultures in Asia.

Middle East Iran

Key Fundraising Manual now available in Arabic

Mon, 19/10/2015 - 10:43

As part of a CEPF funded project in the Eastern Afromontane hotspot the fundraising guide “Institutional Fundraising for Conservation Projects” was translated to Arabic

Middle East Yemen