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Wandering Albatross populations have halved in 35 years due to human activity © Steph Winnard

Plastic killed albatross chick on nest, bycatch a huge threat at sea

Mon, 11/12/2017
BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2 prompts Marine Conservationist and Photographer to explain why the tales of human impact are the scenes she won’t be forgetting, what else threatens the seabirds she's closest to, and what you can do in response to help
Drones from local company Matari were used to combat invasive ants © Alice Bousseyroux

Clones vs drones: Tahiti battles nine invasive species to save iconic bird

Fri, 08/12/2017
Pounced on by rats, attacked by Myna birds and devoured by killer clone ants: it sounds like a horror film, but this year the Tahiti Monarch of French Polynesia has reached record numbers thanks to the herculean efforts of conservationists and volunteers, supported by new technology.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no longer Endangered

Tue, 05/12/2017
Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.
An Endangered Yellow-eyed Penguin found dead in the net of a fishing trawler © Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Tangled and drowned: new study links penguin declines with fishing activity

Thu, 30/11/2017
Every year, an estimated 400,000 seabirds worldwide are killed after getting unintentionally snared in gillnets while diving for food. A new review highlights that even penguins – the master swimmers of the avian world – aren’t safe from their clutches, and pinpoints where the threat is most acute.
One to watch: the Guam Rail (local name: ko'ko') © Greg Neise

Is this Guam bird coming back from extinction in the wild?

Wed, 29/11/2017
It suffered deadly declines due to an environmental blunder by the military, then was rescued from the jaws of extinction by conservationists. This year it endured the threat of a missile strike, but what does the future hold for the Guam Rail?
Wayne "doc" Burke (center) with biology students from the University of West Indies on a field trip to the Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge © Andre Williams

Winner of the Pablo Canevari Award 2017: Wayne Burke of Barbados

Mon, 27/11/2017
Wayne is a Bajan shorebird conservationist and founder of the Barbados Shorebird Conservation Trust. He was selected from among several highly qualified candidates as this year's winner, thanks to his drive and dedication.
Although Critically Endangered, the Northern Bald Ibis could be in recovery © Vincent Legrand/Agami

Important new breeding sites of mythical ibis discovered

Fri, 24/11/2017
It has had a dramatic history and was almost lost to extinction. Now this Critically Endangered bird is bouncing back with a record breeding success in Morocco in 2017.
Vatuvara's terrain makes access difficult, let alone agriculture © Steve Cranwell

Exploring the untouched island of Vatuvara

Wed, 22/11/2017
This is the first time a full biological survey has ever been performed on this remote, almost untouched island in the South Pacific. The intriguing and fascinating results have redoubled the Vatuvara Foundation’s efforts to safeguard this lush wildlife haven.
A captive-reared White-rumped Vulture takes its first unrestricted flight © Jyotendra Thakuri

The big moment: Nepal releases its first ever captive-reared vultures

Mon, 20/11/2017
Watch as conservation history is made: six captive-reared Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures venture out into the wild. This comes at a time when the world is finally waking up to the plight of vultures.