Archive for BirdLife International

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation help staff of Cook Islands’ partner save the Rarotonga Flycatcher

In August the conservation of the colourful Kakerori (Rarotonga Flycatcher) got a boost through a hands on training of local staff from visiting predator control specialists from New Zealand.   Te Ipukarea Society project officers Liam and Alanna got up close and personal with the rare and bird in the Takitumu Conservation Area (TCA) where they joined staff of New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC) as they traversed the rat baiting tracks, which are crucially important in keeping rat populations low enough to ensure the Kakerori’s survival. The two young officers learnt valuable techniques from the New Zealanders including setting up of mist nets and learning how to catch, measure, weigh and band the birds before releasing them back into the forest. Continue reading

Irreplaceable – Lake Natron, Tanzania

Lake Natron is world famous for its breeding Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor, of which about half a million pairs regularly visit the lake for nesting and raising their young. There are also large numbers of other waterbirds, both migratory and resident.  Lake Natron is a shallow highly-saline lake in a closed basin on the floor of the Eastern Rift Valley. It is 1,540 km2, but only 50 cm deep. The IBA is also a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance) but has no national protection status. Continue reading

The Chimpanzee Motorway – Connecting Forest Habitats in Western Tanzania

Mpanda District Council in Katavi Region in Western Tanzania has recently approved the boundaries of the new proposed Tongwe West Local Authority Forest Reserve. This Forest Reserve is part of the Greater Mahale KBA (Key Biodiversity Area) which, in turn, is part of the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot. Continue reading

Wings over Israel: conservation challenges & second chances

Israel is one of the most important bird migration bottlenecks in the world. Twice a year, when the call of warmer climes springs nature into action, an estimated 500 million birds make their spectacular odyssey: amongst them, the entire global populations of Lesser Spotted Eagles (~100,000) and Levant Sparrowhawks (~60,000), the entire European population of Great White Pelicans (~50,000), as well as impressive numbers of White and Black Storks. Yet, life on the migration highway brings its challenges for birds and humans alike.  Continue reading

Sanctuary declared for elusive oriole once believed extinct

With its yellow and olive-green plumage perfectly camouflaging it against the tree canopies, the Isabela Oriole Oriolus isabellae, a lowland forest specialist endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, doesn’t intend for itself to be seen by humans. And unfortunately, for many decades it wasn’t. Continue reading

Ivory poachers driving rare bird to extinction

A sudden explosion of demand for the Helmeted Hornbill’s casque as “ivory” is plunging the species to extinction at frightening speed. Yesterday the government of Indonesia once again explained the issue during the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) – a gathering of 182 nations currently underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading

How simple striped sheets could save seabirds

Every year, 400,000 seabirds worldwide are estimated to meet their end as a result of becoming unintentionally caught in gillnets while diving for food. Continue reading

World’s worst fishery for bycatch turns ‘seabird safe’

New law passed in Namibia to protect 30,000 seabirds from death by trawling or longlining. Continue reading

Threatened African rainforest teeming with unique life declared a National Park

It is one of the last strongholds of the Guinean Forest, a moist forest eco-region that once covered West Africa like a blanket from Guinea to Togo, but has shrunk by 70% over the last several centuries due to human activities in the region. Continue reading

Golden Eagle’s Mexican romantic getaways

New tracking project reveals crucial information for the conservation of Mexico’s national bird, including five new breeding territories near a quarry in Sonora. The majestic predator loves places that are hard to reach. Continue reading