On World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate one of nature’s greatest wonders – bird migration. Twice a year, we marvel at this extraordinary spectacle as migratory birds undertake epic journeys around the globe, connecting and inspiring people along the way.
Wetlands are found all over the world and include ecosystems such as swamps, marshes, lakes, lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs, and peatlands. To some up just a few of their benefits: they purify and store water, they reduce the impact of floods and coastal erosion, and they provide habitats for wildlife and plants. They are particularly important in Mediterranean coastal areas: they occupy approximately 2% of the total surface of the Mediterranean while hosting more than 30% of the basin’s vertebrate species.
Growing up in Malta, Nicholas Barbara was exposed to bird hunting from an early age. This motivated him to pursue a career in bird conservation, and he is now Head of Conservation at BirdLife Malta. Here, he gives an insight into what this challenging role involves and advice for aspiring conservationists.
The BirdLife Partnership has achieved a great deal in its first 100 years. In the second part of our special anniversary series, we take a look at some pivotal moments that capture the spirit of the organisation and showcase its conservation achievements.
The world’s cutest wader – the unique, enigmatic Spoon-billed Sandpiper – is in severe trouble. A fleet of conservationists across Asia and beyond is striving to reverse its fortunes, but the battle is not yet won.
The Government of Malta has neglected all scientific data by allowing this year’s spring hunting derogation on a species vulnerable to extinction, the European Turtle-dove (Streptopelia turtur). The hunting season opened on the 17th of April, despite the efforts of our Partner BirdLife Malta to prohibit the shooting of this bird.
Tehani Withers began her career as an intern at SOP Manu (BirdLife Partner in French Polynesia) through the Conservation Leadership Programme and worked her way up to become their Island Restoration Manager. For Tehani, there is no typical day in the office as tasks can range from camping out in the field surveying birds and plants, to engaging with local communities about conservation, or working on reports and data analysis.
From 2017-2020, BirdLife International carried out a project to help build the resilience of people, biodiversity and land against climate change in the two countries. While the project may have drawn to a close, its legacy is long‑lasting...