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The hunt for the world's only alpine (and carnivorous) parrot

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:27

You need to be sneaky if you want to catch a Kea in the wild. Kimberley Collins (Forest & Bird, BirdLife in New Zealand) goes searching for the world’s only alpine parrot in Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand.

As I looked up at the 1300m peak looming over me, I instantly regretted not preparing myself mentally for a long, hard climb. I had just arrived in the Upper Wairau Valley with the Department of Conservation’s Kea team. We were heading into the St Arnaud Ranges in search of female Kea and their nests.

Curlews in crisis?

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 19:30

To the layman, the curlews are a shy, unassuming family of birds. Their mottled-brown plumage makes for effective camouflage against their marshland and mudflat feeding grounds, meaning they can go about their business unnoticed, prying out invertebrates such as ragworms with their purpose-built curved bills. But if, like the curlews, you take time to dig beneath the surface, you'll discover that they are beautiful and remarkable birds.

The Numeniini are a tribe of large waders consisting of the curlews, whimbrels, godwits and Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda. They are some of the most widespread and far-travelling of all birds, migrating back and forth from their upland and grassland northern hemisphere breeding habitats to their wetland, often coastal, non-breeding habitats to the southern extremities of all continents except for Antarctica. 

Going through fire and water to save wildlife

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 18:01

Nicole Salazar and Gerardo Domenech are only two of the many volunteers that travelled hundreds of kilometres from the capital Santiago to the Maule region to help wildlife affected by the worst fires in Chile’s modern history. CODEFF dedicates this interview to all of the unrewarded heroes that continue to help out during these difficult times.

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Why do birds sing?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:35

When we talk about birdsong, we cannot simply refer to a single "voice". It is a great chorus of complex sounds, it is a real language in itself. The dry "teak" of a sparrow, the plaintive "gheck gheck gheck" of a woodpecker, the shrill "chirrip" of a lark – each sound has its own purpose and is used in very specific circumstances. For birdwatchers, learning how to ‘decode’ the secret language of birds is a great way to identify different species and to better understand their behaviour.

The language of birds

Disentangling the cause of seabird deaths in South Africa

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 19:19

Despite huge success in reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in fishing nets, there’s been reports that an old type of vessel used in South Africa is still posing serious threats to seabirds.

The Albatross Task Force (ATF) has been highly successful in achieving a remarkable reduction in the incidental catch of seabirds in the South African hake trawl fishing industry through the introduction of bird-scaring lines; a simple and affordable solution. These lines act as visual deterrents to prevent cable strikes.

Help us tackle illegal killing of migratory birds in Turkey!

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:13

Every year approximately 6.5 million soaring birds migrate between Europe, Asia and Africa using two major flyways crossing Anatolia. 2 million storks and raptors fly over İstanbul while 1.2 million raptors pass from the Batumi bottleneck and enter Anatolia from north-east. Millions of ducks and geese also use these paths. Sadly large numbers of these birds are killed illegally and they also face other major threats such as electrocution, poisoning and collision with powerlines.

Héroes contra el fuego

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:09

En el marco de los incendios forestales que recientemente afectaron Chile y del desastre que quedó tras su paso, una gran cantidad de voluntarios partieron a las zonas afectadas a prestar ayuda para realizar labores de rescate de fauna nativa herida y desorientada. Nicole Salazar, técnico en veterinaria, y Gerardo Domenech, ingeniero en redes, son una pareja de voluntarios que viajaron desde Santiago hasta la región del Maule para participar en la campaña de CODEFF #ChileAyudaASuFauna.

Ayuda a los animales afectados por los incendios

مستقبل حماية البيئة في منطقة حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 17:01

ما هي أهم الأماكن لحماية الطبيعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط؟ ما هي أكبر التهديدات الآن وفي المستقبل؟ ما هي الأنماط الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في المنطقة؟ ما هي الدروس التي تعلمنا من السنوات الخمس السابقة لحماية التنوع الحيوي في المنطقة؟ كيف تنمو وتتطور مؤسسات المجتمع المدني، وكيف يمكن أن تتم مساعدتها؟

الناشطين في حماية الحياة البرية المتنوعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط، ودعاة حماية الطبيعة من منطقة البلقان وشمال أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط اجتمعو في طنجة – المغرب لتقييم كيف وأين أفضل إستثمار لصندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة (CEPF) لمواصلة المحافظة على الطبيعة وبناء مؤسسات المجتمع المدني في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

على مدى الأشهر الخمس الماضية تم تسليط الأضواء على حماية التنوع الحيوي في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط بفضل صندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة.

مستقبل حماية البيئة في منطقة حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 17:01

ما هي أهم الأماكن لحماية الطبيعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط؟ ما هي أكبر التهديدات الآن وفي المستقبل؟ ما هي الأنماط الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في المنطقة؟ ما هي الدروس التي تعلمنا من السنوات الخمس السابقة لحماية التنوع الحيوي في المنطقة؟ كيف تنمو وتتطور مؤسسات المجتمع المدني، وكيف يمكن أن تتم مساعدتها؟

الناشطين في حماية الحياة البرية المتنوعة في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط، ودعاة حماية الطبيعة من منطقة البلقان وشمال أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط اجتمعو في طنجة – المغرب لتقييم كيف وأين أفضل إستثمار لصندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة (CEPF) لمواصلة المحافظة على الطبيعة وبناء مؤسسات المجتمع المدني في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

على مدى الأشهر الخمس الماضية تم تسليط الأضواء على حماية التنوع الحيوي في حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط بفضل صندوق شراكة الأنظمة البيئية الهامة.

L'avenir de la conservation dans la Méditerranée

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:57

Quels sont les espaces naturels les plus importants dans la Méditerranée ? Quelles sont les plus grandes menaces à court et à long terme ? Quelles sont les orientations socio-économiques dans la région ? Quelles leçons avons-nous acquis des cinq dernières années de conservation? Comment la société civile se développe-t-elle et comment elle peut être mieux assistée ?

Préoccupés par la protection de la diversité Méditerranéenne, les défenseurs de la nature des Balkans, de l'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient se sont rendus à Tanger, Maroc, pour évaluer comment et où le Fonds de partenariat écosystémique critique (CEPF) pourrait continuer à investir pour la conservation de la nature et le renforcement de la société civile dans le hotspot de la biodiversité du bassin méditerranéen.

The tiny corner of Asia where an Endangered songbird is thriving

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 19:26

The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus perhaps isn’t much to look at (at least compared to some other birds of South East Asia), but no-one can deny it has a great set of lungs.

Check out its song in the video below (© Lena Chow):

 

But unfortunately, it’s this same rich, powerful melody which is threatening to silence the species forever. As we reported during our 2016 Red List coverage, keeping songbirds as pets is an integral part of South-East Asian culture. In Indonesia in particular, streets are lined with chirping cages, and songbird contests are big business.

British Barn Owls still struggling to adapt to modern life

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:43

One of the most widespread birds of prey in the world, the Common Barn Owl Tyto alba has proven so successful at adapting to life alongside humans that even its very name reflects the symbiotic relationship that has been shared by farmers and this charismatic bird over the course of thousands of years.

Common Barn Owls prefer to roost and nest in sheltered areas that protect them from the elements, and when settlers first began building on Britain’s countryside, crafty barn owls quickly swooped on the opportunity, swapping rock crevices and holes in trees for comfy crevices in the attics of barns and churches. In return, Barn Owls would repay their unwitting landlords by preying on the mice and voles that ventured onto their land.

Saving Lake Oursi with phones and Facebook

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 16:23

Volunteer conservationists in rural Burkina Faso are turning to social media in order to save their local wetland. The Lake Oursi Site Support Group are using smart phones to respond immediately to fires and poaching. The group is a passionate volunteer group entrusted to care for their local Important Bird Areas. Lake Oursi is an important wetland in the landlocked West African state.

Large numbers of Palearctic bird species migrating within the region use the lake annually and a population of 16,000 people depend on it for livelihood. Unfortunately, this wetland of global importance is facing many threats including overgrazing, siltation, eutrophication, deforestation, poaching of birds and the collection of birds’ eggs which have led to a rapid decline of migratory birds in the area.