From Patricia Zurita, the first woman from a developing country to become CEO of an international conservation organisaion, to Steph Winnard, measuring albatross eggs on remote islands, BirdLife is full of amazing women. Conservation hasn’t always been a stereotypically “feminine” sector, but that’s changing, and there are now women all across the world who are instrumental in taking BirdLife’s valuable work to new and exciting places.
A group of women are working tirelessly to reverse life-threatening challengesfacing local economies in Nigeria, as the country’s declining mangrove forests face extinction – after decades of degradation. The Society for Women and Vulnerable Groups (SWOVUGE) is helping communities to restore and sustainably manage mangrove forests in the five villages of the Ukpom Okom District in South East Nigeria. Read the complete story here, its fascinating.
Everything we thought we knew about the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi has been shaken up by recent footage captured by camera trap technology. At Middelpunt Wetland in South Africa, a site previously thought to cater only to non-breeding visiting Flufftails, strange photos were recorded. They depicted intriguing wing-flapping behavior, with both males and females displaying their white wing feathers.
ABC AGM, Saturday 21st April 2018
We are excited to confirm the full list of speakers; the full programme is as follows:
10.15 Doors Open Tea, coffee and ABC sales
10.45 Chairman’s Introduction – Richard Charles
10.50 The Nigerian Bird Atlas Project – Introduction by Ms. Nanchin Winifred Kazeh
Widely shared by conservation organizations and activists, this graphic invitation for tourists to slaughter excessive numbers of birds provoked indignation and disgust among Internet users, who are calling on the Tunisian authorities to eradicate these barbaric practices. Because let's be clear - no matter how horrible these images are, and whatever we think of the Lebanese Hunting Club and the hunters who are immortalized in these photos, the hunting trip that produced such carnage was almost definitely authorised under Tunisian law.
The Markdale group, one of four Site Support Groups (SSGs) which BLZ established in the Driefontein Grasslands IBA in 2009, works closely with BLZ in promoting the conservation of two species of crane. Up to 85% of Zimbabwe's Wattled Crane population, and important numbers of the Grey Crowned-crane, are found in this IBA.
Until now, only a few intrepid ecotourists have ventured out to Mahavavy-Kinkony in Madagascar, a habitat packed with extraordinary and rare wildlife. But that looks set to change with a new initiative to expand birding tourism – for the benefit of both wildlife and local livelihoods.
Amur Falcons Falco amurensis are incredible long-distance migrants. During their travels from their breeding grounds in north-east Asia, hundreds of thousands of them cross the Indian Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean to their wintering grounds in southern Africa. However, in November 2012, an estimated 100,000 falcons didn’t make it past Nagaland, a state in north-east India.
This year Bird Life International is launching an innovative new programme that uses satellite technology and a mobile phone app to help local people, such as these Papua New Guineans, monitor their forest homes,