Jul 172017
 
POLL: Should the killing and trading of migratory birds be banned?

Revealing scientific reports about the complexity of strategies employed by poachers and a cross-border trade scheme in the north African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria show that these activities have contributed to serious shrinkage of specie range of the beautiful European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), which is often targeted by hunters. On 22 June 2017, […]

Jun 012017
 
POLL: Should a "Lights Out" program be enforced to save migratory birds?

Imagine arriving to work and finding nearly 400 dead birds on the ground. That’s precisely what happened at the American National Insurance building in Galveston, Texas, on May 4, 2017. In a single night, hundreds of migrating birds slammed into the side of the skyscraper. All but three found on the ground died. The birds […]

Jul 192016
 
European Bee-eaters in Spain

European Bee-eaters have a broad distribution covering much of Europe and Africa These migratory birds can be found as far north as Finland and as far south as South Africa, extending east into some Asiatic countries too. Most commonly, European Bee-eaters will breed and nest in southern Europe, then migrate south during autumn and winter. […]

Jun 102016
 
POLL: Should the wind turbine farm project in Eilot be stopped?

The Eilat region in Israel is a bottleneck for migratory birds passing from Europe and Asia to Africa. Each spring half a billion birds pass through this region on the return journey to their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia. Many of these birds are endangered and most face dwindling populations due to habitat loss, […]

Apr 032016
 
The special plight of Trans-Saharan migratory birds

Long distance migratory birds that use the African Eurasian flyway have been in serious trouble for at least a few decades, more so than their counterparts that travel shorter distances. Major declines have been observed for a number of species – including popular symbols of spring, such as the Nightingale – that fly each year […]

Dec 172015
 
‘Flat out scary': Only 9% of world’s migratory birds adequately protected

Migratory birds are awe-inspiring. Every year, millions traverse across oceans and continents, many each racking up thousands of miles as they fly. The longest marathon migrant, the Arctic tern, covers more than 70,000 kilometers (about 44,000 miles) annually during its journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and back. However, very few migratory bird species […]

Sep 012015
 
25 million songbirds slaughtered each year in the Mediterranean

The Egyptians line their beaches with fine two-metre high nets that can stretch for miles across the Nile delta and will catch any bird coming close; the Maltese will cover whole trees in nylon; the Cypriots smear branches in glue to stop birds flying; the Italians will kill nearly anything that flies and the French […]

Apr 062015
 
Amazing: Tiny Birds Fly Without Landing for Three Days

Warblers that weigh about as much as a stack of 12 business cards fly thousands of miles across the Atlantic during their fall migration. Imagine a journey that requires you to first pack on the pounds, then get rid of your intestines, and finally to forgo eating and sleeping for three days. For the blackpoll […]

Jan 222015
 
Malta approves public referendum of bird hunt that kills over 15,000

Malta’s Constitutional Court has upheld a public referendum to decide the fate of the country’s controversial spring bird hunt, which kills over ten thousand migrating birds every year. The Constitutional Court threw out objections by Malta’s powerful hunting lobby, and instead sided with the 11 conservation groups who organized the referendum, known as the Coalition […]

Jan 052015
 
Champions of the Flyway, a bird race with a difference!

Champions of the Flyway is an extraordinary bird race for conservation that takes place annually, in the unparalleled and legendary migration hotspot – Eilat, Israel 24-hour ‘bird races’, ‘big days’ and ‘bird-a-thons’ are now well known throughout the world. These events always draw the interest of local birders and the excitement they generate attracts considerable attention from a […]

May 232014
 
New hope for spoon-billed sandpipers as hand-reared bird heads for breeding grounds

Good news this World Migratory Bird Day; the first of a hand-reared group of critically endangered birds has been spotted migrating back towards where it was hatched by conservationists. The tiny spoon-billed sandpiper – the only bird in the world to hatch with a spoon shaped beak – could be down to fewer than a […]

May 152014
 
Cracking Mystery Reveals How Electronics Affect Bird Migration

In the spring of 2005 Henrik Mouritsen was stumped. Mouritsen, a professor of neurosensory sciences at Germany’s University of Oldenburg, had just launched an ambitious investigation into what part of the brain a migratory bird uses in orienting to the Earth’s magnetic compass. The animal navigation expert had all his ducks in a row: funding, […]

Dec 102013
 
Scientists bring the northern bald ibis back to Europe after 300 years

The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), also called the hermit ibis or waldrapp, is a migratory bird. Once, the bald ibis lived in the Middle East, northern Africa and southern and central Europe, but due to hunting, loss of habitat and pesticide-use, the birds disappeared from most of these areas and is currently considered Critically […]