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Big Brother is BIRD-Watching YOU!

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:43

Nature is but a click away with these amazing live bird cams run by BirdLife’s partners across Europe & Central Asia. Storks, eagles, kestrels - you name it! Our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez tells us more…


Young birders in the making

Nature Kenya’s Serah Munguti recognised for Tusk Conservation Award

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:43

After several years on the frontline working with communities and campaigning for the conservation of Kenya’s biodiverse Tana River Delta, Serah Munguti, Advocacy Manager of BirdLife International’s Partner in Kenya was shortlisted as finalist for the fifth annual Tusk Award.

Serah who works for Nature Kenya has reached out to local communities and engaged with policy makers to preserve the delta which has been under constant threat from developers in all sectors.

“Being nominated and becoming a finalist for this award is not only for me, it is also for the many people who have walked the arduous but incredibly rewarding journey with me over the last eight years. My colleagues at Nature Kenya, especially Dr. Paul Matiku, Francis Kagema, George Odera, Hassan Golo and colleagues at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in the UK,” said Serah.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 12

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:32

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”


ALIEN COVENANT – On Monday, EU Member States approved the inclusion of 12 new species on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern. One of these new species is the Raccoon dog, one of the main vectors of rabies in Europe and a major ecological threat. Read more…

'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:04

Our partners BirdLife Cyprus, BirdLife Malta and LIPU (Italy) have worked together very productively in the initial phases of a project to reduce illegal trapping of birds in the Mediterranean.


How we're saving the kings of the ocean

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:03

It has been another busy year for the Albatross Task Force (ATF) and our teams have made good progress in reducing the bycatch of vulnerable seabirds in some of the world’s most deadly fisheries. We sum up one year of successes below and in our full annual report available.

Albatrosses are one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world, with 15 of 22 species currently at risk of extinction. One of the major causes of their decline is being caught accidentally as bycatch on baited longline hooks or struck by trawl cables and dragged under the water.

Horrifyingly it’s estimated that around 100,000 albatross die every year in longline and trawl fisheries around the globe. For birds that are long-lived yet slow to breed, these deaths have lead to huge population declines with some colonies having halved in size since the 1990’s.

I can’t believe we still have to raise funds to protect penguins…

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:23

Rory Crawford, from the BirdLife International Marine Programme team, blogs about BirdLife's latest work to save penguins from extinction.

As BirdLife launched a campaign to raise funds for our work to protect penguins, I kept thinking about the following (censored!) image from a Women’s Rights march (which has been seen at various marches and protests subsequently).

For me, it’s almost beyond belief that we are in a situation where some of the world’s most-loved birds are heading for extinction - and that urgent conservation action is still in serious need of funds. This is PENGUINS we’re talking about - the beloved star of films, cartoons, cuddly toys, biscuits - not some obscure beast!*

Paradise saved: some of world’s rarest birds rebound on Pacific islands cleared of invasive predators

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:01

Just two years after ambitious efforts by a team of international conservation organisations to rid French Polynesia’s Acteon & Gambier island groups of invasive mammals began, five of six targeted islands are now confirmed as predator-free—a ground-breaking one thousand hectares in total. Early signs already indicate that rare birds found nowhere else in the world (endemic) and other native plants and animals are recovering as the remote islands return to their former glory.

Scenario 6: Sustainable Europe for its Citizens

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:47

Brussels, June 20, 2017

More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.

Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.

It comes ahead of a summit of EU leaders this week with the key issues for Europe’s future on the agenda, including migration, security, jobs and Brexit. This week also marks the one year anniversary of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (June 23) which propelled questions about the future of Europe up the political agenda.

The Spix Mystery: one year later

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:53

On June 19th, 2016, Damilys and her mother Lourdes Oliveira (pictured left) woke up before dawn to look for the Spix’s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii  in the forest near their house in Curaçá, a small town of about 30,000 in the dry Caatinga area of Bahia, Brazil.

The day before, a farmer had assured them he had spotted the rare bird – a surprising claim, since it hadn’t been seen in the wild since 2000. Much to her excitement, 16 year old Damilys not only saw it, but also managed to film it with her mobile phone. After she shared on social media, her video went viral. One year on, we caught up with her back in the forest where she sighted the Spix for the first time.

Can we bring back the pheasant that was wiped out by the war in Vietnam?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 17:43

Framed by mounds of white tuft, the ruddy faces of the Red-shanked Douc monkeys peer out from the forest canopies. In the distance, calls of White-cheeked Gibbons echo through the early morning stillness. Underneath, browsing in the shadows of the forest floor are myriad species of deer; among them forages one of the world’s rarest large mammals – the Saola, a bovine that lives in forests so wild and remote, that they were unknown to humans until researchers happened upon the remains of one during an expedition in 1992.

Record-breaking 10 million points for seabird conservation

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 17:23

Seabirds undertake some of the most incredible migratory journeys in the world. Take the Arctic Tern, for example, whose travels from pole to pole every year exceed a whopping distance of 80,000 km, or many shearwaters and skuas, with journeys of tens of thousands of km, often across ocean basins. Protecting such highly migratory bird species is a challenge, as different scientists, institutions or NGOs gather local data and try to safeguard their patch of ocean with limited funds.

Inevitably, conservationists can lose sight of the big picture if there’s no place to share the information. This is where the Seabird Tracking Database comes into play. One of the largest conservation collaborations in the world, it was established by BirdLife in 2003, when data on 16 species of albatrosses and petrels were put together for the first time in order to identify the most important places for these seabirds and ensure their protection.

Dire Straits - is Europe protecting its seabirds?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:52

A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’. This study summarises the latest country-by-country and species-specific analyses of the EU’s marine SPA (Special Protection Areas) network and offers critical new insights into how well Europe is protecting its seabirds.


From Kalashnikovs to leopards: conservation in the danger zone

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:11

This article was first published in the December issue of BirdLife The Magazine. Subscribe via iTunes/Android to easily support our conservation work. 

Ahmed and Nasrin march through a heavy snowstorm. Little Hana, just a few months old, is strapped around her dad’s left shoulder. The right is reserved for the Kalashnikov. They need to move. Saddam Hussein’s militias are chasing Peshmerga fighters like them, and the only safety is up, up in the mountains of Kurdistan, along the border with Iran. The snow falls so swiftly that their footprints disappear quickly in the metre-thick snowy carpet.

Trump saca a Estados Unidos del Acuerdo de París - La reacción de BirdLife

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:18

BirdLife International está profundamente decepcionada por la decisión del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, de retirarse del Acuerdo de París. Esta decisión no sólo es ingenua y aislacionista, sino totalmente inmoral. 

El Acuerdo de París es fundamental para el futuro de nuestro planeta. Proporciona un marco sólido para adoptar medidas ambiciosas para mitigar el cambio climático y para ayudar a las personas y los ecosistemas de todo el mundo a adaptarse a sus impactos.

 El Acuerdo de París, adoptado por casi 200 países, es demasiado robusto para ser roto por cualquier nación. País tras país, tanto desarrollados como en desarrollo, han reafirmado su compromiso de aplicar este Acuerdo. La retirada de los Estados Unidos por decisión de Trump no detendrá la acción global en la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Les gardiens du plus grand lac d’Afrique

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:17

Les populations locales s’unissent pour protéger les zones humides précieuses du Lac Victoria et ses habitants. Le plus grand lac tropical du monde couvre trois pays et nourrit à la fois une faune sauvage riche et des communautés démunies vivant dans ses environs. Mais ses ressources ont également attiré une attention beaucoup moins désirable, celle des trafiquants qui ont pour cible des oiseaux emblématiques tels que le Bec-en-sabot du Nil.

Safe at last: Spoonie’s winter wonderland becomes Ramsar site

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:15

Picture it in your mind’s eye: a wild, untamed stretch of coast, where rapid, powerful waves lash at the endless mud flats, constantly resculpting and refreshing the shoreline.

Imagine, too, tidal flats that teem with life, as fish and invertebrates alike feast on the sediments and nutrients that flow into the coastal waters via three major rivers. What you’re picturing is the Gulf of Mottama – a giant, funnel-shaped estuary in Myanmar, and one of the most important wintering sites for migratory waterbirds in Asia.

Une lueur d’espoir pour le Gorille de la Rivière Cross en danger dans la Forêt de l’Afrique de l’ouest

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:59

Avec environ seulement 300 individus restant dans la nature, les conservateurs ont exprimé leur préoccupation quant au fait que le gorille de la Rivière Cross déjà en danger, pourrait disparaitre si tout le monde ne s’unit pas pour protéger l’espèce qui se trouve uniquement dans la région frontalière commune au Nigéria et au Cameroun, dans les forêts guinéennes de la zone critique de l’Afrique de l’ouest.

« Au nombre des espèces rares et emblématiques que nous devons tout faire pour protéger, il y a le Gorille de la Rivière Cross. Je n’aimerais pas que l’on raconte des fables à mes petits-enfants concernant le Gorille de la Rivière Cross », a déclaré Ruth Akagu, Chargée de projet  de l’équipe régionale de mise en œuvre (RIT) du Fonds de partenariat pour les écosystèmes critiques (CEPF)/BirdLife dans la zone critique de biodiversité de l’Afrique de l’ouest.

Showing only “doom and gloom” would cripple conservation action

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:46

Prolonged and worsening habitat loss and the species extinction crisis are some of the main environmental headlines dominating conservation news today.

Vulture declines in Africa are a serious and growing issue that some experts believe, requires a positive mobilising approach to fully recover the populations on the continent. Despite the seemingly grim outlook for the vultures, BirdLife International and partners across Africa are taking the approach to show that the fight to protect vultures is not a lost battle and that there is hope to turn the situation around, if we work together.

“People are motivated to participate where they feel the outcomes are positive,” said Dr Niki Harré, Psychologist from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol.10

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:46

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”


SPOTTED IN SWEDEN – Bird lovers near Jönköping were in luck last week when a young, probably wild, Bearded vulture was spotted – a first for Sweden! The species is a known long-distance explorer, but sightings this far north are rare. Read more….

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement - BirdLife's reaction

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 22:11

BirdLife International is deeply disappointed by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Not only is this decision naïve and isolationist, it is wholly immoral.

The Paris Agreement is critical for the future of our planet. It provides a strong framework for taking ambitious action to mitigate climate change, and to help people and ecosystems across the globe adapt to its impacts.

The Paris Agreement, adopted by almost 200 countries, is too robust to be broken by any one nation. Country after country – both developed and developing – have reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Agreement. Trump’s withdrawal from the Agreement will not stop global action on climate change.