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Hundreds of Tufted Puffin Deaths Suggest Dangers of Warming Seas

In October, the first Tufted Puffin carcasses washed up on a chilly beach on St. Paul Island, a lonely Bering Sea outpost between Russia and Alaska. At first, local residents didn’t think much of the dead birds; they were used to finding seabirds battered by violent weather near the island. But as the days passed, puffins continued to arrive. Within weeks, hundreds more had drifted onto the island’s beaches, apparently dead from starvation. Continue reading

Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony

Last week, when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island, few people were thinking about the impacts on wildlife. And with good reason: Since midnight on November 14, the Kaikōura earthquake has triggered hundreds of aftershocks and maybe 100,000 landslides in the area. Roads buckled and flooded. Railroad tracks broke and slid from their spikes. Homes collapsed. Two people were killed. Continue reading

The Common Swift Is No Longer the Fastest-Flying Animal

The Common Swift has officially lost its crown as the fastest-flying animal in the sky. So who took the title? The Peregrine Falcon? A frigatebird? Perhaps the Grey-headed Albatross? None of the above. The answer might surprise you, because according to the latest research, the fastest flier in the animal kingdom isn’t a bird at all. It’s a bat.  Continue reading

RSPB Scotland supports offshore floating wind project

Following the recent submission of RSPB Scotland’s consultation response to the Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration project, west of the Pentland Firth, Charles Nathan, Marine Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland said: Continue reading

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

Tiny transmitter’s giant role in saving the ‘spoony’

A tiny transmitter on a tiny bird is helping conservationists in their bid to save a Critically Endangered species from extinction. Continue reading

RSPB Scotland welcomes landmark decision on beaver reintroduction

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to reclassify beavers as a native species to Scotland, following an announcement made by the Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, earlier today. Continue reading

Preventing the extinction of the Floreana Mockingbird in Galapagos

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has launched a new appeal to save the critically endangered Floreana mockingbird. Only found on two tiny islets in the Galapagos Islands, this charismatic bird inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, but is now on the verge of extinction. 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