Protecting waterbird habitats to combat the impacts of climate change

Wetlands may not look as picturesque as flowery meadows or verdant rainforest, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. As well as acting as carbon sinks and shock absorbers for extreme weather events, they are also essential rest and refuelling stops for thousands of waterbirds as they migrate along coasts and continents. That’s why the […]

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Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning

On the morning of the 27th of January, Eric Ole Reson was on his routine patrol on the Northern border of the Masai Mara when he spotted a group of vultures struggling to fly. Concerned, he hurried towards them, and stumbled across a tragic scene: 20 vultures lay dead around a hyena carcass, all of […]

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23 Condors Killed by Poison in Argentina

23 Andean Condors have been killed in Patagonia, Argentina, by a strong pesticide whose sale is prohibited in the country. These attacks follow ones in Jujuy and Mendoza provinces, and have conservation organizations extremely worried, as they represent a severe threat to the species. At least 23 Andean Condors (Vulture gryphus) have been poisoned in […]

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Building birding trails in Colombia – before loggers can get there

As the first rays of sunlight penetrate the forests of Otún QuimbayaFauna and Flora Sanctuary, Catalina Casas, of Audubon Colombia, leads a group of a dozen guide trainees along a bird-noisy trail. “Is that a Pale-footed Swallow?” Casas asks, pointing to a bird on a sunlit branch. “Or is it a Southern Rough-winged Swallow?” The […]

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Ambitious plan to remove “mega-mice” to save millions of seabirds

It sounds like a horror story. But for birds on Gough Island, the nightmare is real. Invasive mice, with no natural predators, have evolved to grow fifty percent larger than the average house mouse and to rely on a sinister food source. They gather at night, forming groups of up to nine and descending upon […]

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Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade

Spix’s macaw, a brilliant blue species of Brazilian parrot that starred in the children’s animation Rio, has become extinct this century, according to a new assessment of endangered birds. The macaw is one of eight species, including the poo-uli, the Pernambuco pygmy-owl and the cryptic treehunter, that can be added to the growing list of […]

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Over half the world’s raptors have declining populations

Why is it important to focus on the status of raptors in particular? From ghostly owls to majestic birds of prey, raptors are among the most iconic birds, but they are also highly threatened, with many of the larger species requiring large tracts of intact forest, and others persecuted because of their supposed impacts on […]

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Inside Asia’s Forests of Hope: A Photo Essay

Most people, when they retire, turn to a life of leisure. Not Bjorn Olesen. Following his retirement, he became a full-time conservation photographer. Most recently, he, along with wife Fanny Lai, travelled to eight forests in eight countries for their new book ‘Asia’s Wildlife: A Journey to the Forests of Hope’. Bjorn talks about what […]

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