Archive for BirdLife International

Can the European Commission save the Ortolan Bunting?

The French population of the Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) has declined by 50-75% in the last 30 years. This, despite hunting of the species being forbidden by law since 1979. It was even made a protected species in 1999. However, each year, about 30.000 Ortolan Buntings are illegally trapped and killed during the autumn migration in August and September in the southwest of France. Continue reading

World’s oldest tagged Terek Sandpiper discovered in Belarus

It was a regular day in the field for ornithologists at the birds ringing station in the Turau Meadow, Belarus on 13 May, 2016. That is, until they caught a Terek Sandpiper. Continue reading

Spix’s Macaw reappears in Brazil

It was Grandpa Pinpin’s dream: to see his favourite bird, Spix’s Macaw, fly again over the skies of Curaçá, small town of about 20,000, in the dry Caatinga area in Bahia, Brazil, where goat herding is the main activity. Pinpin Oliveira passed away last year, age 94, his wish unfulfilled. But the baton was passed to his 16 year old grand-daughter, Damily, who not only saw the macaw, not seen in the wild since 2000, but also managed to film it with her mobile phone. Continue reading

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas announced

Good news for endangered Maltese seabirds! The national government has given Malta its first eight marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) specifically for birds. Now that these sites have been designated, Malta will also be fulfilling its obligation of implementing the EU Birds Directive. Continue reading

Norway’s Golden Eagles could be under threat

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce the population of Golden Eagles in the belief this will reduce the deaths of livestock, including reindeer, which some believe are killed by Golden Eagles. Continue reading

High-seas heroes saving albatrosses from extinction: a decade of success

In 2004, 19 of the world’s 22 albatross species were threatened with extinction, due largely to commercial fishing practices. An international team of expert instructors has since spent a decade working with fishermen refining techniques to prevent these magnificent seabirds from needlessly dying behind fishing boats and has had great success! Continue reading

Transnational conservation in Turkey could save six threatened bird species

In a great example of nature conservation knowing no national boundaries, Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), with the support of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria), MME (BirdLife in Hungary) and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), have launched a new protection programme for six globally Threatened bird species breeding in Turkey’s steppes. Continue reading

Return of Kākā to Wellington sparks controversy

Do city dwellers really want a return of wild species to the areas they once lived?  It is a question being asked in many places, especially where some of the species moving back can conflict with the new inhabitants. In Wellington the impact of species reintroduced to the region by the Zealandia Sanctuary and the noise and ‘damage’ they can cause is creating controversy. Continue reading

One more in a cage; no more in the wild

A new study shows that, without action, soon the only places to see and hear Indonesian bird species will be in cages. Continue reading

New report shows alarming state of North-American birds

Since the seventies, millions of North American birds have disappeared and a third of species are now of high regional conservation concern, a new report reveals. Experts agree that their long-term conservation will only be achieved by building transnational partnerships and involving local communities in citizen science projects. Continue reading