On 7th September 2019, the world marked the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD), a day set aside to create awareness about vultures, and celebrate their important role in cleaning up the environment thus preventing the spread of dangerous diseases.
Climate change is affecting the livelihoods of the population around the world. Challenging situations require innovative interventions and BirdLife is working hand in hand with local communities, who have unique knowledge of their landscapes, to build alternatives in Rwanda and Burundi
The past few decades have not been good for Wandering Albatrosses. The population has declined to the extent that they are classified as globally Vulnerable to extinction. The primary threat to these birds, as for many other seabirds, is incidental mortality (bycatch) in fisheries. Seabirds are bycaught mainly when they swallow baited hooks and are drowned as the line sinks. It is a horrific death, but fortunately, mitigation measures already available can very successfully prevent the needless death of seabirds on fishing hooks.
In Dubréka, Guinea, salt production used to involve cutting down mangroves to burn as fuelwood. Now, a new project is using solar technology to extract salt in a safer, more sustainable way that is already allowing mangroves to regrow.
On the small island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, a community beekeeping project is empowering communities to obtain honey in a way that doesn't risk their lives. This initiative is already restoring forests and enriching livelihoods.
BirdLife supports renewable energy – but not when it comes at the expense of wildlife. In recent years, plans to build a wind farm near an important site for migratory birds have caused much concern among conservationists. Now, opposing action has put it on ice.
In December, BirdLife’s CEO, Patricia Zurita, attended HeidebergCement’s fourth Quarry Life Award ceremony – a contest to inspire school children, graduate students and researchers to find new and innovative ways to boost biodiversity in quarries.
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.