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The loss of a tireless worker for petrels – Bob the petrel detector dog

Sea bird conservation lost a tireless worker when Bob, one of two New Zealand trained `petrel detector’ dogs, sadly died last week after falling sick on Gau. Bob, and his mate Tar, had been searching for the nests of Fiji Petrel on Gau island since their arrival in 2012. Fiji Petrel is critically endangered, thought to breed only on the island of Gau and is considered to be very vulnerable to rats, cats and pigs when it is nesting. But no action can be taken to protect these nests until their location is known. Continue reading

New vital bird habitat identified in India

To date, more than 12,000 Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) have been identified by BirdLife – making it the largest list of globally-important biodiverse sites in the world. And as we continue to perform vital research in remote, rugged areas, the number of identified IBAs will only continue to grow. The latest to be recognised is Papikonda National Park, a 1,012 sq km region of deep forested valleys and steep hills nestled in the Eastern Ghats, a mountain range that stretches across India’s eastern coast. Continue reading

New study reveals alarming decline of Patagonian geese

In the early 20th century, tens of thousands of Ruddy-headed Geese crowded the deserts of Patagonia. Today, they have become a rare sight. However, they still inhabit the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) in large numbers and some argue that these island-dwellers could be the key to one day repopulating the continental. However, in a blow for the future of this species, a new study reveals reintroduction might not be possible. Continue reading

Navigating a sustainable path to eco-tourism in Palestine

Palestine’s first-ever eco-tourism conference which took place yesterday focus on finding ways to protect Palestine’s unique natural heritage while sustainably tapping its economic and social benefits. Continue reading

Saudi authorities sound warning on illegal hunting in rented farms

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has condemned the hunting of migratory and protected birds in private farms. Bird hunting is a popular sport in Saudi Arabia, but lately hunters have been resorting to new techniques where property owners rent their farms to hunters as a source of income. The result: bird massacres. Continue reading

Justice for Dutch farmland birds

Today, VBN (BirdLife in the Netherlands) filed a formal complaint to the European Commission against the Dutch government for persistent breaches of the EU Birds Directive in The Netherlands. Wouter Langhout – BirdLife ECA’s EU Nature Policy Officer – explains how these infringements put the fate of farmland birds on the line. Continue reading

Saving Paraguay’s most important site for wildlife

Lying in the small, land-locked South American country of Paraguay, San Rafael is a site wreathed in environmental accolades, glittering with conservation aspirations yet undermined by uncertainties. Continue reading

Stopping bird killing in the Mediterranean

Reducing the killing of protected species, improving the protection of key sites for migratory birds and ensuring adequate law enforcement: the three pillars of the strategy to end the slaughter of migratory birds in the Med.
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Irreplaceable – Cross River National Park, Nigeria

Cross River National Park is a large area of lowland and submontane rainforest situated in south-east Nigeria along the border with Cameroon. The park is divided into two sections. The smaller area to the north-east, Okwangwo Division, is separated by about 50 km of disturbed forest from the larger Oban Division. Which is contiguous with Korup National Park in Cameroon. Continue reading

Climate change is changing you

A new study reveals ongoing alterations in shape, size, sex and distribution of animals and plants are due to man-made warming.  Continue reading