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Building a New Colony for Threatened Seabirds on Kauai

A project years in the making took place on Kauai’s north shore on Monday when eight threatened Newell’s Shearwater (‘A‘o) chicks were flown by helicopter from their montane nesting areas to a new colony protected by a predator-proof fence at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. There they will be raised to fledging from the same site where 10 Hawaiian Petrels were successfully translocated last year in the hopes of starting new colonies of both species. Continue reading

RSPB and countryside organisations come together to protect rare geese in Caithness

A wildlife conservation charity and two countryside organisations have come together to highlight the presence of rare Greenland white-fronted geese in Caithness. 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

One in 11 Scottish species threatened with extinction, new study finds

It’s not too late to save nature in Scotland but we must act now – that is the conclusion from a coalition of 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report. Continue reading

Over 2,000,000 square kilometers of UK Ocean to be protected

A combined area of UK ocean bigger than Germany and France will be placed in fully-protected marine reserves (1.05 million km²)
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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

Sale of wild greylag goose in Orkney will help local businesses and reduce waste

Wild goose meat goes on sale at licensed outlets in Orkney again, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) confirmed 6 September. Continue reading

Hooded Grebe threatened by dam construction

An emergency motion passed on 10 September at the IUCN World Conservation Congress appeals to Argentinian Government to save Critically Endangered bird from badly-planned hydroelectric dams Continue reading

Kuwaiti coast guards foil bid to smuggle at-risk bustards for falconry trade

Earlier this month, coast guards in Kuwait intercepted a ship attempting to smuggle 100 Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii, a bustard recognized as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. The species is threatened by hunting and trapping throughout its range, particularly in its wintering habitat of Pakistan and Iran. The bird is in high demand in the region for use as live prey in falconry training. Continue reading