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There are now 473 Pink Pigeons in the wild © Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

How did the Pink Pigeon bounce back from just nine birds?

Fri, 15/02/2019
The Pink Pigeon is no longer Endangered. But how did conservationists achieve this, and is it sustainable? Dr Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) reports from the field…
An RSPB researcher setting a trail camera © rspb-images

Leading scientists call for re-evaluation of funding models

Wed, 13/02/2019
In the wake of statistics that reveal NGOs have some of the most highly-cited scientific papers, scientists from BirdLife, the RSPB and the BTO are calling for a re-evaluation of funding models.
Teuaua is home to 90,000 Sooty Terns - one of the nation's largest colonies © Island Conservation

Momentous mission: first successful invasive species removal in Marquesas

Wed, 13/02/2019
Conservationists leaped from boats onto sheer rock faces and braved “10,000 dive-bombing Sooty Terns” to achieve the first successful eradication of invasive rats on Teuaua Island, French Polynesia. This success paves the way for larger island restorations across the Marquesas Archipelago.
Paradise: but for how long? A nearby island has been leased for $300,000 as a resort © howamo / Shutterstock

Pacific paradise in peril: tourism resort threatens Palau shorebird haven

Thu, 07/02/2019
Pristine coastal wetland Peleliu Lkes has been treasured in local art and culture for centuries, and acts as a refuge for Endangered shorebirds such as the Far Eastern Curlew. However, the time-honoured bond between people and nature is threatened by the development of a nearby tourism resort.
Lappet-faced Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha

Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning

Mon, 04/02/2019
On Sunday morning, a wildlife ranger in Nairobi, Kenya discovered 20 dead and 5 critically ill vultures slumped around a poisoned hyena carcass. Despite these tragic casualties, a rapid response protocol set up with the help of BirdLife almost certainly saved the lives of many more.
Hula Valley Reserve is a key stopover for migrating birds on the African-Eurasian Flyway © Protasov AN

Protecting waterbird habitats to combat the impacts of climate change

Fri, 01/02/2019
How will wetlands, estuaries and other essential waterbird habitats be affected by climate change? The new Climate Resilient Flyway Project pinpoints sites that will be hardest hit, and unites countries and organisations in order to protect them and their essential functions.

Thousands of birds at risk as wetland is threatened by overexploitation

Fri, 01/02/2019
Doñana National Park, in Spain, is a crucial stopover point for thousands of migrating birds. However, over-intensive irrigation is threatening these valuable wetlands.
Nanthar island hosts up to 12% of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper population © Butterfly Hunter/ Shutterstock

Mud, glorious mud! Spoonie’s winter wetland declared protected area

Thu, 31/01/2019
Nanthar Island, Myanmar is a crucial wintering site for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Critically Endangered). Thanks to the advocacy of BANCA (BirdLife in Myanmar) and local people, the site has now been designated a protected area.
Gediz Delta supports a third of Europe's Greater Flamingos © Ron Knight / Flickr

Victory: flamingo haven Gediz Delta saved from mega-bridge construction

Wed, 30/01/2019
Following a successful court case lead by Doğa (BirdLife in Turkey), the proposal to build a mega-bridge spanning the Izmir Bay has been permanently dropped. The project would have destroyed crucial breeding islands for the Greater Flamingo and irreparably changed the delicate ecosystem.