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Commission confirms it: lead shot will finally be banned in wetlands

Thu, 18/02/2021
The long awaited ban on the use of lead shots in wetlands finally came into force on
With 3m wingspan, Andean Condor is one of the largest flying birds © Don Mammoser / Shutterstock

Red List update: the plight of the condor

Tue, 16/02/2021
Andean Condors are becoming increasingly scarce because of habitat loss, poisoning and persecution. They’re now considered Vulnerable as of the latest Red List update, leading us to ask: has the vulture poisoning crisis spread to the Americas?
The Indian Peafowl's tail is a particularly dramatic 'sexual ornament' © Dinesh Kannambadi

Sexual selection: when evolution gets intimate

Fri, 12/02/2021
How could outrageously impractical plumage like the peacock’s tail possibly have evolved through natural selection? We delve into the secrets of sexual selection, a kind of evolution that initially left Charles Darwin baffled…
Adonis River in Lebanon -  © Sharif Jbour

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Small Grants in Lebanon

Thu, 11/02/2021
CEPF and BirdLife International, serving as regional implementation team (RIT) for the Mediterranean hotspot, are inviting proposals in the form of letters of inquiry (LOIs) for small grants from non-governmental organizations in Lebanon under Strategic Direction 2: "Freshwater biodiversity".
Ngone Diop Coastal Seabirds Project Officer, BirdLife Africa

Women in science: meet the BirdLife researchers closing the gender gap

Tue, 09/02/2021
Today we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In recognition of the critical role women play in the advancement of knowledge, we would like to broadcast some of BirdLife’s most amazing and inspiring female researchers and collaborators worldwide.
The Great Green Macaw was classed as Critically Endangered last year © Evgeniapp / Shutterstock

Red List update: parrots of the Americas in peril

Mon, 08/02/2021
One of the planet’s most beleaguered avian groups, the neotropical parrots, took another hit in the 2020 Red List, with a further four species moved to a higher threat category. However, success stories from our American Partners show that hope remains.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows on a tree branch © HIH Princess Takamado

Chubby Sparrows in Winter

Fri, 05/02/2021
Common and familiar with muted plumage, it's easy to take the Eurasian Tree Sparrow for granted. But a cautionary tale from history shows just how vital this bird is, and how you often don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, February, 2021.
A new dam could displace indigenous communities along the Agos River, Philippines © Haribon Foundation

Putting people and rights at the heart of conservation

Thu, 04/02/2021
Healthy economies and societies need a healthy environment, so conserving nature is good for people – but for it to be both equitable and effective, conservation has to be done with and for local people. Key to this is recognising and implementing the universal right to a healthy environment, including the rights and role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and embedding these provisions in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Atewa Forest has been hailed as one of the 38 most important places on earth for nature © Jeremy Lindsell

Major manufacturing companies oppose mining in Atewa Forest, Ghana

Wed, 03/02/2021
Controversial plans to mine for bauxite in Ghana’s Atewa Forest – a Key Biodiversity Area – have received opposition from three global manufacturing companies who would have been major customers. This new development means the mine would not only be disastrous for biodiversity and human health, but now business too.