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Dicing with death: an Egyptian Vulture (Endangered) perching on a dangerous power pole © Andras Kovacs

Why we need to make ‘sustainable’ development truly bird-safe

Fri, 23/07/2021
Planting vegetation to stop the spread of deserts, bringing electricity to rural communities… these are positive steps, as long as the right preparations are made. Sadly, poorly-planned ‘sustainable’ development is having unintended but devastating consequences for threatened birds that migrate through Africa and the Middle East.

Paraguay's San Rafael reserve is being restored in a buzz-worthy way

Wed, 21/07/2021
Youth conservationist Fabiana Benítez tells how one rainforest is being restored with the help of BirdLife Partners and tea.
Each token represents a living bird currently residing on Cousin Island Special Reserve © Adrian Scottow

Seychelles songbird becomes world's first 'digital species' for conservation

Mon, 19/07/2021
BirdLife Partner Nature Seychelles is looking for innovative ways to fund the protection of their wildlife, including the Seychelles Magpie-robin (Endangered). Today, the bird is up for sale as the first ever Digital Nature Collectible, using carbon-neutral infrastructure that expends almost zero energy.
 Clinging to existence - one of the few remaining adult Fatu Hiva monarchs © Benjamin Ignace

The race to save the last of the monarchs from extinction

Fri, 16/07/2021
There are only four breeding pairs of Fatu Hiva Monarchs left on earth – the tragic victims of invasive species. Our French Polynesian Partner SOP Manu knows exactly what to do, having brought a similar bird, the Tahiti Monarch, back from the brink of extinction. But they urgently need your help.
BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita and David Fisher signing a Memorandum of Understanding between BirdLife and the Neotropical Bird Club © Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Remembering David Fisher: a lifetime devoted to birds

Thu, 15/07/2021
On 22 May 2021 BirdLife’s Rare Bird Club lost a tireless supporter of conservation, and it is no exaggeration to say that David Fisher had devoted the whole of his adult life to birds.
Ohrid Lake from Macedonia - © Oliver Avramovski, PONT

New joint call for small grants in the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area

Thu, 15/07/2021
On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a second joint Call for Proposals for Small Grants for Environmental Civil Society Organizations in Albania and North Macedonia.
Flying into danger: around 1 in 5 Great Indian Bustards die on powerlines every year © Devesh Gadhavi

New India powerline ruling is lifeline for Critically Endangered bustard

Wed, 14/07/2021
The Great Indian Bustard is on the brink of extinction. Collision with powerlines is the biggest threat – but hope is at hand. This year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all powerlines should be taken underground at its breeding stronghold – a lifeline for this and many other bird species.
50-100 years ago, this was one  of the commonest birds  in Java’s farmlands © Simon Bruslund

A million caged, none in the wild: freeing the Javan Pied Starling

Fri, 09/07/2021
Over a million kept as pets in Indonesian homes, yet likely none left in their natural habitat: this is the extraordinary story of the Javan Pied Starling and what it represents for the Asian songbird crisis. Thankfully, plans for breeding and reintroduction raise hopes.
Without a team of CLP alumni, the grey-breasted parakeet would still be plummeting towards extinction © Fábio Nunes

Call for applications: Conservation Leadership Programme team awards

Wed, 07/07/2021
CLP is delighted to invite applications to our 2022 Team Awards from teams of early-career conservationists leading critical projects worldwide. All applications must be submitted using the online platform by 11:59pm GMT on 10 October 2021.