Archive for BirdLife International

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

African governments commit to preventing poisoning of wildlife

Moved by the plight of their continent’s endangered vultures and what this could mean for people, African Ministers gave their support to BirdLife’s vulture campaign last week in Nairobi at the UN Environment Assembly. This was further cemented by the approval of a new resolution on wildlife crime and trade that means African governments can now take action to prevent the poisoning of vultures. Continue reading

BirdLife Partner joins the protest against purse seine fishing in Cook Islands waters

The state of the marine ecosystems and the huge pressures on them from climate change, pollution and overfishing are big issues for BirdLife Partners around the world.  This is especially the case for Bird Life’s Partner in the Cook Islands, the Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), which is playing a leading role in the growing opposition to purse seine fishing, particularly of the kind associated with Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs). Continue reading

New colony of Dalmatian Pelicans established in Bulgaria

A new colony of the globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican, 60 years in the making, has finally been formed in Bulgaria. Ten pairs now nest on one of two artificial wooden platforms built for them in the Peschina Marsh, located in the Persina Nature Park. Continue reading

Bird friendly beef in Porto Alegre’s market

After years of work, SAVE Brasil has managed to bring bird-friendly beef with the seal of the Grasslands Alliance into the markets of Porto Alegre, the capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. But why is grass-fed beef such good news for birds? Continue reading