This morning Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International, delivered an inspirational speech on behalf of international NGOs at the high-level segment of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Conference of the Parties in Kunming, China, where the world’s nations are developing a new global framework to protect nature. This was her message.
Close to where I live in Cambridgeshire, in the East of England, is one of my favourite nature reserves – Ouse Fen. It is a classic reedbed with bitterns booming and marsh harrier gliding gracefully overhead.
Seabirds fitted with satellite tracking devices have revealed a major feeding site previously unknown to science at the heart of the Atlantic ocean. This month, the site – covering an area as large as France – has become the first high seas Marine Protected Area to be identified by remote tracking data.
Black-legged Kittiwakes have a white head and body, a grey back grey and black wings, black legs, and a yellow bill. Their diet is rich in carotenes and vitamin A, turning the of their mouths into a striking, intense red colour.
This weekend we celebrate both World Migratory Bird Day and World Mental Health Day. For Claire Thompson, author of The Art of Mindful Birdwatching: Reflections on Freedom Being, bird flight is a symbol of freedom, representing the ability to soar through life without limitations.
We all know that spending time in nature is enjoyable, but now there’s increasing evidence that wildlife – and birds in particular – have a profound positive impact on our mental wellbeing. We delve into the latest discoveries from the fields of biology, economics and psychology.
Right now, 15 governments and the EU are working towards designating a Marine Protected Area approximately the same size of France in the North Atlantic. As it is in the high seas, this site is an area beyond national jurisdiction. A detailed management plan must be implemented and enforced to protect this area rich in marine biodiversity.
As you probably know all too well, the struggle to protect nature can be disheartening at times. Whether it’s a disappointing political decision, a species in decline or an extreme weather event; the seemingly unending supply of bad news isn’t great for morale.