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Graeme Gibson obituary

Fri, 20/09/2019
As co-president of BirdLife International's Rare Bird Club, novelist Graeme Gibson worked tirelessly to the champion the cause of birds, both in his native Canada, and globally.
Evening Grosbeak © Jay McGowan, Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

America’s 3 billion missing birds: where did they go?

Thu, 19/09/2019
A new study shows that the USA and Canada have lost more than a quarter of their birds over the past 50 years. This massive reduction in abundance involves hundreds of species, from beloved backyard songbirds to long-distance migrants. So what’s going on?

Critical decisions made for vultures, songbirds & other birds threatened by illegal trade

Wed, 11/09/2019
At a crucial meeting in Switzerland last month, governments of more than 180 countries made critical decisions to manage the escalating international trade in wildlife including vultures, songbirds, hornbills, parrots and a number of other bird species. Here are some of the highlights.
Collared Sand Martin © Frank Vassen

Discover the Collared Sand Martin's unique relationship with quarries

Mon, 09/09/2019
Migratory birds are arriving in Africa, and now there’s a new Spring Alive species to look out for - the Collared Sand Martin. Discover its unique relationship with quarries, and find out how one particular extraction company is making sure this species is safe at their sites.
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed extinct

Tue, 03/09/2019
The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
Far Eastern Curlew © Duade Paton

Marina plan threatens to destroy final stronghold of Endangered curlew

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.
© Mironov / Shutterstock

"Our forests are dying" - here's our manifesto

Tue, 27/08/2019
You have probably heard the devastating news about the fires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest – the result of forest protection laws being rapidly dismantled. BirdLife has joined 48 other NGOs demanding immediate and lasting action from the governments of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Common Quail caught in a 'mist net' © Watter AlBahry

Scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East revealed for first time

Tue, 27/08/2019
A study out today, for the first time, estimates the scale and extent of the illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. Using a diverse range of data sources and incorporating expert knowledge, we estimate that at least 1.7–4.6 million birds of at least 413 species may be killed or taken illegally each year in this region, many of them on migration. Worryingly, this is likely to be an underestimate as data were unavailable for parts of the region.

How can eating chocolate protect birds?

Thu, 22/08/2019
A driver of deforestation, chocolate may be even more of a guilty pleasure than you thought. But in Indonesia, one cocoa collective is protecting forests while lifting local people out of poverty.