Mike Parr’s conservation career began in development at BirdLife in 1989. Fast forward 30 years and he is now President of the American Bird Conservancy (BirdLife Partner), where he has held several roles over the years. Here, he shares his career journey, what he feels has made the American Bird Conservancy so successful, and his advice for aspiring conservationists.
Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. Vital sites, such as Cambodia’s Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA ‘trigger species’. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgent help.
It’s no joke! Penguins are a highly threatened group of birds. On World Penguin Day, we’re celebrating the incredible (and shocking) feats of the world’s best avian swimmers, sharing the work of BirdLife Partners working to protect penguins around the world, and giving you a chance to walk among a penguin colony.