Let’s face it: kids are much more likely to watch birds coming to a feeder that they’ve made themselves. We see birds every day, but if you want to get into the mind-set of a bird, and really think about what life is like for the fluttering friends on the other side of the window, you need to get your hands dirty – or, at least, slightly sticky with peanut butter.
This timely partnership takes place in a setting where Burkina Faso’s nature is bending under the pressure of human activity. The unbridled race towards raw materials, and the imperative of economic development, is not always compatible with sustainable production and consumption. It’s an age-old tale : humanity’s needs are unlimited, but resources are rare. Our current mode of development is reaching its limits, and it is necessary to find a new balance between man and his environment.
Gbessay Sannoh and Bockerie Sama are standing in a shady rainforest amongst the whooping sounds of hornbills and leafy cocoa trees. They’re at the edge of the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, where for generations thousands of cocoa trees have been grown by their people – the Goleagorbu, small-scale farmers. While chatting and joking they break open the large, golden-yellow cocoa pods with smooth-handled wooden clubs.
This year, to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, we wanted to do something really special. So we asked schools and BirdLife Partners across the African continent to send in videos of them singing songs about the wonders of bird migration. The results blew us away. The videos were amazing – and all but one were written by the children themselves, driving home the passion and devotion the young generation feels towards conserving their natural world.
Last week, the conservation world received some extremely good news when the Government of Tanzania decided to abandon plans to construct a soda ash factory at Lake Natron, the most significant breeding site for Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) after becoming aware of the potential impacts. BirdLife International congratulates the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on the decision, and their commitment to safeguarding flamingos.
For bird lovers, South Africa has always been a great place to be.
Lake Ol Bolossat is a small lake in the Nyandarua County of central Kenya. It lies nestled between the northwestern slopes of Aberdare Mountains and the Dundori Ridge, and serves as the source of the Ewaso Nyiro River and Thomson’s falls. The open water, marshes, grassland and forests – not to mention the springs that feed the lake – offer a great variety of habitats.
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.