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This discovery highlights the vital role of local people in gathering information in remote areas © M Suranto

Bird missing for 172 years rediscovered in Borneo rainforest

Thu, 25/02/2021
The Black-browed Babbler, widely considered by experts the ‘greatest enigma in Indonesian ornithology’, has been unexpectedly rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo more than 172 years after it was first seen.
Even loud noise can be enough to frighten parent birds away from the nest © pxhere.com

How to protect bird nests: if you love them, leave them alone

Thu, 25/02/2021
Every spring, birds devote a huge amount of time and energy to looking after their eggs and chicks. If you want to give them a helping hand, here are some simple tips that you can follow in your garden and local area to keep nesting birds safe.
Solar panels could help solve the climate crisis - as long as they don't harm habitats © unspash

New global guidelines: a nature-friendly transition to renewable energy

Wed, 24/02/2021
BirdLife has joined forces with big voices in the conservation and energy sectors to develop a new set of global renewable energy guidelines. These best-practice steps outline how to keep nature safe as the world moves to more sustainable energy sources.
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…
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.
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.