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 Clinging to existence - one of the few remaining adult Fatu Hiva monarchs © Benjamin Ignace

The race to save the last of the monarchs from extinction

Fri, 16/07/2021
There are only four breeding pairs of Fatu Hiva Monarchs left on earth – the tragic victims of invasive species. Our French Polynesian Partner SOP Manu knows exactly what to do, having brought a similar bird, the Tahiti Monarch, back from the brink of extinction. But they urgently need your help.
BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita and David Fisher signing a Memorandum of Understanding between BirdLife and the Neotropical Bird Club © Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Remembering David Fisher: a lifetime devoted to birds

Thu, 15/07/2021
On 22 May 2021 BirdLife’s Rare Bird Club lost a tireless supporter of conservation, and it is no exaggeration to say that David Fisher had devoted the whole of his adult life to birds.
Ohrid Lake from Macedonia - © Oliver Avramovski, PONT

New joint call for small grants in the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area

Thu, 15/07/2021
On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a second joint Call for Proposals for Small Grants for Environmental Civil Society Organizations in Albania and North Macedonia.
A Common Crane and its chicks, Gru and Dru, in the valley of the Black Brook

Cuteness alert: first Crane chicks are born in Belgium!

Wed, 14/07/2021
Have you heard of Gru and Dru? They’re two nine-week old Common Crane chicks. They’re eating roots, hanging around the nest, and beginning to fly short distances; like other chicks of their age. But they are not just any cranes: they might be the first Common Cranes ever to be born in Belgium.
Biomass power plant in Gardanne, France

Press release: EU Commission labels burning trees for energy ‘sustainable’ - 97% of European...

Wed, 14/07/2021
“Fit for 55" package takes two steps forward, and 100 steps back with revised Renewable Energy Directive proposal
Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for Critically Endangered bustard

Wed, 14/07/2021
The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Restoring nature, restoring joy

Tue, 13/07/2021
Restoring nature is a marvellous thing. It’s great for wildlife, of course, but it’s also highly beneficial to human beings. My name is Felipe Gonzalez Sanchez, and I would like to tell you about a restoration project I worked on called Eco Astillero XXI.
50-100 years ago, this was one  of the commonest birds  in Java’s farmlands © Simon Bruslund

A million caged, none in the wild: freeing the Javan Pied Starling

Fri, 09/07/2021
Over a million kept as pets in Indonesian homes, yet likely none left in their natural habitat: this is the extraordinary story of the Javan Pied Starling and what it represents for the Asian songbird crisis. Thankfully, plans for breeding and reintroduction raise hopes.