Dec 312011
 
Timor Bush-warbler rediscovered

There had been no confirmed field observations of Timor Bush-warbler Bradypterus timorensis since two specimens were collected on Mount Mutis, West Timor, in 1932. A paper published online in BirdLife’s journal, Bird Conservation International (BCI) [1], reports the rediscovery of the Timor Bush-warbler in Timor-Leste (East Timor) in 2009, prompted by the discovery of a […]

Dec 302011
 
State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve

In a recent ceremony in the National Palace in Guatemala City, staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) presented Álvaro Colom Caballeros, president of Guatemala, and other high-level officials with the State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a report detailing the successes of, and current threats to, the country’s largest protected area. With the assistance […]

Dec 282011
 
Restoring the Philippines’ Forests

The Haribon Foundation (BirdLife in the Philippines), with the support of the Disney’s Friends for Change has produced a 6-minute video aimed at children on deforestation and its impacts, and what Haribon is doing to tackle the problem and restore degraded forests as part of BirdLife’s Forests of Hope programme.

Dec 282011
 
Reindeer Are Fading Into Holiday Myth

CHRISTMAS is tied to the magical north and to the reindeer — creatures of mythical power that fly through the night across the world, helping to distribute happiness and good will. But reindeer do exist — we call them caribou in North America — and these animals and their home in the boreal woodlands and […]

Dec 282011
 
Why Don’t Presidential Candidates Go Birding?

Opting not to hunt for votes one day after Christmas, a gun-toting Rick Santorum went on a different kind of hunt on Monday. The black pheasants, quail and chukars set in his sights didn’t have a chance. “I had four clean kills and then I had some group kills,” the Republican presidential candidate boasted after […]

Dec 282011
 
Restoring the Philippines’ Forests

The Haribon Foundation (BirdLife in the Philippines), with the support of the Disney’s Friends for Change has produced a 6-minute video aimed at children on deforestation and its impacts, and what Haribon is doing to tackle the problem and restore degraded forests as part of BirdLife’s Forests of Hope programme. For several years, Haribon has […]

Dec 272011
 
Habitat danger for Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher

The illegal felling of mature trees on La Digue island, the stronghold of the Critically Endangered Seychelles Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone corvina has been exposed by the local media. In a front page article, the newspaper Le Seychelles Hebdorevealed the shocking story. The damage includes the felling and cropping of several native tree species used by the bird. […]

Dec 242011
 
Science on Ice - Images from Antarctica

Photographer Chris Linder and Cornell Lab science editor Hugh Powell talk about life on an Adelie Penguin colony—the sights, sounds, and even the smells they encountered while collecting material for Linder’s new book “Science on Ice.” And the penguins are not to be missed!

Dec 242011
 
Small Grants, Big Conservation For Mangroves

The Neotropical Mangrove Conservation Alliance has awarded its first small grant to Grupo Jaragua (BirdLife in the Dominican Republic) as part of an initiative to catalyze community-based mangrove conservation in the Insular Caribbean. The Mangroves of Laguna de Oviedo site project is up and running, and aims to improve the conservation of mangrove ecosystems in […]