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Neil Fitzgerald and Chris Gaskin capturing New Zealand Storm Petrels at sea maybe the key to saving the Fiji and Beck's petrel - photo: Martin Berg

Will 2016 be the year the nesting sites of the enigmatic Fiji and Beck’s petrels are found?

Wed, 30/12/2015
Finding the nesting sites of the `lost then found' enigmatic Fiji and Beck's petrels is the aim of two linked projects getting underway in 2016. In order to ensure the protection and survival of these Critically Endangered birds we must know where they are nesting and raising young. Only then can we put in place protection of their habitat and ensure they are safe from predators like rats and cats. Recent experience in `finding' other petrel species gives hop that one of the big bird puzzles of the Pacific can be solved.
Marquesas Archipelago - along with Rapa, the site of the next big Pacific species project

Marquesas Archipelago and Rapa in French Polynesia, the next big opportunity to stop extinctions

Wed, 30/12/2015
Building on the success of the Acteon & Gambier project, the next big operation being planned by BirdLife in the Pacific and its partners SOP Manu and Island Conservation is the restoration of up to 16 islands or islets in Marquesas Archipelago and at Rapa.
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific battle for birds and nature

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.

The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs of French Polynesia

Mon, 28/12/2015
Living only on the islands that give them their names, the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs are two of the world's most endangered birds. Our heroes fighting to give them a future are the staff and volunteers of BirdLife French Polynesian Partner, SOP Manu. But if these birds are to survive, it is not just about protecting them from the invasive predators that kill their young. It requires a whole community effort working to save these iconic birds and restore their habitat. Involving local people and providing them with the necessary skills, as well as looking to help them develop sustainable incomes is all part of the `backstory' to nature conservation in the Pacific. These are the real challenges for the Pacific heroes of nature conservation working at the coal face!

Conservation community mourns the passing of Dr Roelof van der Merwe

Thu, 24/12/2015
The South African conservation community is mourning the loss of one of its most generous but modest and unassuming benefactors, Dr Roelof van der Merwe. Van der Merwe, a member of the private Charl van der Merwe Trust named after his late father that has donated tens of millions of rands to biodiversity conservation projects – especially those involving seabirds and other marine life – died unexpectedly in his sleep on 23 December. He was 57.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Turtle-dove is the UK's fastest-declining bird, now Vulnerable, and needs support from projects like this. Photo: Andy Hay

Second day of Christmas brings Turtle-doves to CEMEX quarries in the UK

Tue, 22/12/2015
We are delighted to report that Turtle-doves have been found at two quarry projects, including three juveniles, so it is very likely that they were born on a CEMEX site this year thanks to a partnership with CEMEX and the RSPB.

Unidos para salvar al tordo amarillo

Fri, 18/12/2015
Desde hace varios meses, en Aves Argentinas (BirdLife en Argentina) estamos muy preocupados por una especie en particular: el tordo amarillo, típica de los pastizales naturales y humedales pampeanos, que se extendían en el siglo pasado desde el sur de Misiones hasta el sur de Buenos Aires. Hoy mantiene unos pocos reductos en el sur de Entre Ríos (Gualeguaychú y alrededores), el noroeste correntino y sur misionero.

The chronicles of the Saffron-cowled Blackbird

Fri, 18/12/2015
A beautiful story of how a group of people started changing the future of Saffron-cowled Blackbirds.
Miembros de la Saffron-cowled Blackbird Conservation Project revisan el paisaje en busca de sitios de anidación. © Francisco González Táboas Por Inés Pereda & Francisco González Táboas, Aves Argentinas

Conoce a los guardianes que vigilan los sitios de anidamiento amenazados en Argentina

Fri, 18/12/2015
En Argentina, quedan solo 600 Tordos Amarillos, y la depredación de nidos está saboteando las posibilidades de recuperación de la población. Pero esto parece que va a cambiar gracias a la increíble dedicación de los voluntarios que acampan en los sitios de anidamiento para cuidar las crías.