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Far Eastern Curlew (Endangered) resting on a floating roost © D. R. Weller Photography

South Korea’s artificial floating roosts: a...

Tue, 15/10/2019
Sea-level rise is keeping exhausted migratory shorebirds flying round and round like aeroplanes in holding patterns, with nowhere to land and rest. The solution: artificial roosts fashioned from oyster bags…
Far Eastern Curlew © Duade Paton

Marina plan threatens to destroy final stronghold...

Thu, 29/08/2019
Moreton Bay, Australia is one of the last and biggest wintering grounds for the Far Eastern Curlew. Now, plans for a marina and high-rise residential complex threaten to destroy it forever. BirdLife Australia has taken action – and you can too.
The Far Eastern Curlew (Endangered) relies on the Yellow Sea as a migratory stopover site © Wang LiQiang / Shutterstock

Yellow Sea shorebird habitats secure World...

Fri, 05/07/2019
China, with great support from Australia, has secured one of the biggest ever wins for the world’s migratory waterbirds: the World Heritage Listing of key sites on China’s Yellow Sea coast
Fieldwork isn't always fun and games © Jono Handley

Fieldwork fails: 7 times birds made a fool of our...

Fri, 29/03/2019
Sometimes, to study and help birds, we need to get up close and personal. But it doesn’t always go as planned. We asked BirdLife staff for their most hilarious mishaps while working out in the field. Prepare to be shocked, amused and downright disgusted…

Red List update: Australian reptiles in crisis,...

Fri, 06/07/2018
Climate change and invasive species don’t just impact birds – the latest update to the IUCN Red list of threatened species shows that they are a growing threat to Australia’s unique reptiles. However, the update also revealed good news for four South American amphibians assumed to be extinct.
The Christmas Frigatebird (Critically Endangered) is now safe from habitat destruction © Chris Surman

Bird paradise Christmas Island saved from mining...

Tue, 05/06/2018
Following a tireless campaign by BirdLife Australia, which gained support from around the world, the Australian Government has decided to reject an application for phosphate mining on Christmas Island, a crucial wildlife haven in the Indian Ocean.
Found only on Christmas Island, the Abbott's Booby is now Endangered due to mining activity  © Sarah Summers

Don't Ruin Christmas: mining threatens...

Fri, 15/12/2017
Home to five unique bird species found nowhere else, charmingly-named Christmas Island is one of nature’s most amazing gifts to Australia and the world. But new phosphate mining proposals threaten devastation. The Australian Government must choose to conserve this incredible biodiversity hotspot.
El Zarapito Siberiano se ve amenazado por la propuesta de Australia de reurbanizar un humedal vital para su supervivencia. © Wang LiQiang/ Shutterstock Por Connie Warren, BirdLife Australia

La crisis del Zarapito empeora: importantes...

Thu, 19/10/2017
Los zarapitos conforman una de las familias de aves más extendidas y más viajeras, y también una de las más amenazadas. Parece que en cualquier lugar que vagan, la pérdida de hábitat y la invasión humana los sigue. No podemos dejar que al Zarapito Siberiano le vaya de la misma manera que sus compañeros.
The Far Eastern Curlew is threatened by Australia's proposal to redevelop a vital wetland © Wang LiQiang/ Shutterstock

Curlew crisis deepens: vital Australian wetlands...

Thu, 19/10/2017
The curlews are one of the most widespread and far-travelling of all the bird families — and also one of the most threatened. It seems that wherever they roam, habitat loss and human encroachment follows. We can’t let the Far Eastern Curlew go the same way as its fellows.
Cradle Mountain, Australia © Rod Kashubin

Discover Australia's most vital places for...

Fri, 24/03/2017
Collectively known as 'Key Biodiversity Areas', these are the most important places left for life on Earth.
Long-billed Curlew © Mark Baird

Curlews in crisis?

Tue, 07/03/2017
New research suggests that the Numeniini - a tribe of large waders including Curlews and Godwits - could be the most endangered birds you've never heard about.

Meeting of BirdLife’s Pacific partners showcases...

Wed, 30/11/2016
The 2016 BirdLife Pacific Partnership meeting was a celebration of the work and successes of the partners in defending and restoring nature

Win for Critically Endangered Australian Regent...

Mon, 14/03/2016
In a desperately needed win for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater, the New South Wales Land and Environment Court has found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was recognised that the Regent Honeyeater is in “grave peril” and that Cessnock City Council acted improperly in approving a Development Application for a steel fabrication facility in Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW.
Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia’s rarest bird

Critically Endangered parrots killed by rats at...

Thu, 07/01/2016
Captive breeding efforts to save Australia’s rarest bird, the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, have suffered a setback.
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific...

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.
Bar-tailed Godwits and other shorebirds helped by new sanctaury

Shorebirds gain new sanctuary in South Australia

Wed, 02/12/2015
A key South Australian shorebird habitat, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, is to be proclaimed a national park and the South Australian Government will also seek for it to be acknowledged as a site of significance in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. Migratory shorebirds are in trouble across the world and the creation of this new sanctuary and the recognition of its importance is a role model for other Australian State Governments
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos threatened by urban sprawl

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo threatened by...

Sun, 29/11/2015
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is one of the popular and iconic birds of Western Australia. But the spread of Perth and habitat loss means they are in trouble. Updated research from BirdLife Australia shows that flocks are getting smaller as the population of these large, white-tailed, black-cockatoos declines each year. Over 600 volunteers taking part in the Great Cocky Count have confirmed the trend in numbers dropping each year. A causality of urban sprawl, If the current trend continues, the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo population of the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain will continue to decline at a rate of roughly 15 per cent each year.