The Greater Green Leafbird is now Endangered © vil.sandi / Flickr
13 Dec 2019

7 things you might have missed from the 2019 Red List update

Every year, our scientists work around the clock to update the threat status of birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. While the amazing recovery of the Guam Rail might have taken centre stage, 2019 heralded plenty more important discoveries. From victims of climate change to exciting new information on unknown birds, here are the latest ups and downs of the avian world that might not have made the headlines.
© HeidelbergCement
13 Dec 2019

New nature education resource for visually impaired children

Following in the footsteps of our children's education programme Spring Alive, BirdLife Partners across Europe are uniting to launch a new EU-funded environmental educational project, "Seeing the World through Nature", to benefit blind and visually impaired school pupils.
11 Dec 2019

EU Green Deal - good for climate, bad for biodiversity

Today, the European Commission announced their highly anticipated European Green Deal. The first of its kind in EU history, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised to deliver the Green deal in her first 100 days in office.
Iris palaestina © Palestine Wildlife Society
11 Dec 2019

New call for small grant projects in Palestine

On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new Call for Letters of Inquiry for projects focused on plant conservation in Palestine.
Guam Rail © Andersen Air Force
10 Dec 2019

Red List 2019: Guam Rail second bird to recover from extinction in wild

This year’s update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species brings with it some fantastic conservation successes, including an almost unheard of incidence of a bird species coming back from extinction in the wild. But for other species, human threats are making it harder to stage a comeback.
White-rumped Sharma © Shutterstock

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Grey Crowned Cranes at lake Ol’ Bolosat KBA in Kenya © Fabian Haas
10 Dec 2019

15 Conservation Lessons from the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot

After seven years, the CEPF investment in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot is wrapping up this month. During this time, 101 grantees will have completed 160 conservation projects across 13 countries, collecting an astounding amount of knowledge about what works in conservation.
One of Joe Wood’s assistants, Martin Prescot, in the captive breeding program © Joe Wood
05 Dec 2019

The race to save the Santa Cruz Ground-dove

When a hundred Endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild, conservationists rushed to liberate them. But where do you release a bird when its last wild refuge is a dangerous active volcano? BirdLife’s Nigel Collar recounts how the effort united the conservation world.
Pied Oystercatchers at Coorong IBA, Australia © Tom Brinkworth / Shutterstock
03 Dec 2019

The greatest threats facing Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas today

The threats facing the world’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are complex and varied. But thanks to improvements and innovations in monitoring over the past 40 years, we have a clearer picture than ever of the main issues – and the IBAs most at risk.
Northern Cardinals © Steven Russell Smith Ohio / Shutterstock
29 Nov 2019

How one man changed a Christmas tradition forever – to save birds

How did a continent go from shooting birds every Christmas to counting them? Discover the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – a holiday tradition that has transformed bird science.
Ski tourism threatened to slice through vital habitats in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria © Leondeleeuw
26 Nov 2019

10 vital bird habitats saved through conservation action

While it is impossible for us to protect every last bit of nature in existence, we can at least throw our energy and collective influence behind saving those that will have the greatest impact to the persistence of biodiversity on the planet. Here are just a few examples…
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo
Tufted Capuchin © Emilio White
22 Nov 2019

90% of this rainforest was destroyed. We’re protecting the rest

The Amazon’s plight, while serious, pales in comparison to that wrought on South America’s other great rainforest, the Atlantic. Over 90% of its original coverage has disappeared over the last century – but BirdLife Partners are working to safeguard what remains.
An artist's impression of the Amazon fires this summer © OSORIOartist / Shutterstock
21 Nov 2019

Amazon fires: what happens next?

Images of raging forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon sparked worldwide condemnation during August. Several Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have suffered – this in a country that had been lauded for its conversion from environmental villain to conservation hero. How has this happened?
15 Nov 2019

Is gaining over 1000 new bird species a problem for conservation?

Recent findings have shown that many birds formerly classified as one single species are actually separate species in their own right. But what do these >1,000 new species mean for bird conservation? BirdLife’s Ashley Simkins explains his new study.
Socotra’s Haggier Mountains and Dragon’s Blood Trees
13 Nov 2019

Magical Socotra stands at a crossroads of conflict and conservation

The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever.
Material from worn out t-shirts is recovered and turned into new products © Teemill
07 Nov 2019

The clothing cycle: how our sustainable clothing range is made

Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced, while a truck full of clothing is burned or buried in a landfill every second. Teemill, who produce BirdLife’s official clothing range, are leading the charge against wasteful ‘fast fashion’ with their innovative circular fashion business model. Co-founder Mart Drake-Knight explains how.

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