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The Rodrigues Fody (Near Threatened) is just one endemic bird benefiting from the scheme © Sarah Caceres & Jean-Noël Jasmin

Mauritian island awarded for saving species through education

Thu, 17/01/2019
On Rodrigues Island in Mauritius, school children and citizens alike are rallying round to restore their island’s habitat. It’s all thanks to the Rodrigues Environmental Education Programme, which has won the Global Conservation Award 2018 for its positive impact on communities and species.
From 1952 - 1985, there were no confirmed sightings of the Gurney's Pitta © Boonchay Promjiam

Gurney's Pitta: lost and found - and lost again?

Tue, 15/01/2019
Once thought to be lost forever, the Gurney’s Pitta has dodged extinction several times over the decades. Now, confined to Myanmar and beset by habitat destruction and civil unrest, it may be running out of chances.

Five ways our partners are working to prevent the next Spix's Macaw

Thu, 10/01/2019
Following the announcement of the first bird extinctions this decade, here's what BirdLife partners are doing to protect rare birds, and protect more from going extinct.
Little Spiderhunter © noicherrybeans / Shutterstock

Why we need birds (far more than they need us)

Fri, 04/01/2019
Can you imagine a world without birds? The benefits birds bring us aren't just cultural. Birds play an essential role in the functioning of the world's ecosystems, in a way that directly impacts human health, economy and food production - as well as millions of other species. Here's how...

12 positive environmental stories from the past 12 months

Fri, 21/12/2018
Reading about the environment can sometimes seem like a depressing litany of fading species, increased development, and a warming planet. But there are reasons to be hopeful. As we approach the new year, here are 12 conservation wins we saw in 2018.

Satellite tracking app empowers communities to protect their own forest

Tue, 18/12/2018
This year we’re launching an innovative new programme using satellite technology and a mobile phone app to help locals monitor their forests. The Asia-Pacific Forest Governance Project, led by BirdLife and funded by the European Union, aims to involve the community in conservation and policy-making
A Helmeted Hornbill guards its nest, hidden in the tree. © Thipwan / Shutterstock

Saving the Helmeted Hornbill

Tue, 18/12/2018
The Helmeted Hornbill is under threat from a resurgence in demand for carvings made from its solid red casque. The trade is so intense that the bird is now Critically Endangered. Can it be saved?

23 Condors Killed by Poison in Argentina

Fri, 14/12/2018
23 Andean Condors have been killed in Patagonia, Argentina, by a strong pesticide whose sale is prohibited in the country. These attacks follow ones in Jujuy and Mendoza provinces, and have conservation organizations extremely worried, as they represent a severe threat to the species.
The Adelie Penguin was one of five species studied © Jane Younger

Which penguin species will be hardest hit by climate change?

Tue, 11/12/2018
As ice caps melt and sea levels rise, the survival of penguins will depend on their ability to adapt and relocate to new habitats. Now, a new genetic study reveals that some species may be better at adjusting than others.